Lightbulb Moment

That pivotal moment where everything changes. Festival guests: John Birmingham, Sasha Marianna Salzmann, William McInnes, Hung Le, Nicola Moriarty, Meg Keneally, and Mikey Robins have seven minutes to talk about that one, watershed moment that changed their lives forever. Tick, tock! Lightbulb Moment is co-presented with the Goethe-Institut.

Fragile Inheritance

In his stunning new book, World Heritage Sites of Australia, a tribute to nature and cultural heritage, Peter Valentine captures the majesty and panorama of Australia’s 19 world heritage sites. Don’t miss this chance to hear Peter discuss this ambitious project, with one of Australia’s most celebrated and dedicated environmentalists, former Greens’ leader Bob Brown. This new book is a celebration of the exceptional contribution Australian sites make to humanity’s collective legacy, and an entreaty to preserve them for future generations.

Down and Dirty in the Garden with a Legend

Stephanie Alexander, one of our top foodies and a best-selling author to boot, kicks off the Canberra Writers Festival with a fun-filled journey that will tempt the taste buds and explore our love of good nosh. Meet the author of The Cook’s Apprentice as Stephanie riffs about her Kitchen Garden Foundation, which teaches Australian children there’s more to life than McDonalds. Be tempted with a special menu, prepared by Stephanie herself, in conversation with Malcolm Farr, from and a regular panelist on the ABC’s Insiders.

The 4th Canberra Writers Festival attracted a record audience for a five day celebration of literature. Nearly half the events sold-out prior to the festival. The 11,000-strong audience enjoyed the terrific line-up of local, national and international artists, who shared their ideas, stories and motivations through conversation and debate.

Year four, the Canberra Writers Festival remains ‘a work in progress’. We have sought feedback from patrons and participants to help improve and build on the festival’s success.

The festival returns in 2020, from Wednesday 12 to Sunday 16 August. Stay in touch with programming announcements in advance by following the Canberra Writers Festival on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and signup to receive our newsletter.