Since its inception in 2016, the Canberra Writers Festival has been bringing together the best Australian and international writers, thinkers and social and political commentators.

The festival is now part of Canberra’s cultural fabric – a world-class literary event, feeding our inherent love of words, ideas and debate.

Under the theme Power Politics Passion the festival aims to scrutinise today’s issues, reflect on the past, contemplate the future and challenge our understanding of all.

The upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic changed the festival’s program delivery in 2020. As Australia’s international borders remain closed, sessions with international artists will again be live streamed in 2021, otherwise we return to business-as-usual, with over 50 live events.

This year we are delighted to host most of the festival sessions at two venues: the iconic Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House and three venues at the Kambri cultural precinct at the Australian National University. Our move to these two venues finally gives us a festival hub, where audiences and artists can mingle between sessions.

In 2021, the festival offers another superb line-up of international and local literary talent. We look forward to gathering together with our literary-loving community for the 6th annual Canberra Writers Festival 18-22 August 2021.