The 2018 Canberra Writers Festival will be brought to you by an all new management team of Paul Donohoe (Festival Director), Jennifer Bott AO (Artistic Director), Cindy Young (Volunteers Manager) and Chris Ryan (Publicity/ Media/Operations).
Having previously served on the Canberra Writers Festival’s board, Jennifer is the Chair of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and Advisor, Innovation and Development at the Museum of Australian Democracy. She serves as a Trustee of the Australian Museum, Director of the Bundanon Trust and is a board member of the Sydney Orthopedic Research Institute and the NIDA Foundation Trust.
“We have taken on board your feedback and will be programming to enable you to have a great CWF experience from the writers, to conversations, to food and wine,” Jennifer reports. "I am very excited about the program we are putting together which will again focus on our theme of POWER, PASSION and POLITICS.
"We will take this theme and apply it to food, to democracy, to a life well lived, to crime and to challenges of our time.... There’ll be lots of humour, great brain power and diverse perspectives."
New Festival Director Paul Donohoe is a highly-respected event director and producer who has conceptualised, directed and produced prestigious events such as The Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery Midwinter Ball, the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, the Canberra International Film Festival, the ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards, Floriade and Musica Viva Canberra.
“I’m a lover of books and I’m looking forward to bringing a seamless, engaging and exciting festival to the Nation’s Capital,” Paul said.
Volunteers Manager Cindy Young is the former General Manager of the National Convention Centre Canberra and brings her extensive experience in hospitality and business events operations, sales, and management to the role. Cindy has managed the volunteer program for the Canberra International Film Festival, including recruitment, training, scheduling and supervision of a team of 50 volunteers to provide support to an 18-day festival.
The new media, publicity and senior project manager for the festival, Chris Ryan is a graded journalist with 20 years’ experience in strategic public relations, content development, research, authoring, events and media liaison.