Second annual Canberra Writers Festival a resounding success!

Canberra, 28th August 2017: It’s a wrap! The second annual Canberra Writers Festival closed in style after a vibrant weekend of stellar headlining names, multiple sell-out shows, increased attendance, and strong community involvement.

 

Spread over eight of Canberra’s most well-known cultural institutions including the National Portrait Gallery, Australian National University, National Library, National Museum of Australia, Museum of Australian Democracy, National Press Club, Hotel Realm Precinct and 4 National Circuit the festival featured an impressive line-up of over 150 local and international authors. The final program included more than 100 events, over three days and included in conversation sessions, workshops, special events, book launches, and keynote events.

 

“We are thrilled with the success of the second Canberra Writers Festival,” said Festival Director, Vickii Cotter. “We’ve had an overwhelming response from the book-loving public, authors, partners and the community at large. We thank all of our Foundation and Festival Partners as well as the ACT Government, as without their generous support the festival would not be possible.”

 

“If the inaugural Canberra Writers Festival was a blast, our second CWF has been a triumph. There are so many reasons for its success, but two stand out,” said Festival Chair, Allen Behm. “First, the calibre of our writers, presenters and commentators. And second, the engagement, enthusiasm, and enjoyment of our audiences. Intelligent, informed and proud of what Canberra stands for and offers, our audiences are what generate success. This will guarantee even more fun next year.”

Highlights included:

– The topical and news-worthy Ministry of Truth panel featuring Rutger Bregman, Tony Jones, Katharine Murphy, George Megalogenis and Dan Bourchier at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House.

-The sold out Utopia for Realists: Rutger Bregman in conversation with Richard Denniss at 4 National CircuitWizards and Muggles at the National Library with Professor Frankie Falconette’s Harry Potter Show.

-Wizards and Muggles at the National Library with Professor Frankie Falconette’s Harry Potter Show.

-The hilarious, un-PC and very cheeky closing session, Girls Night In: Live and Dangerous, at Llewellyn Hall, starring Kathy Lette, Jean Kittson, Jane Caro, Maggie Alderson and Jamila Rizvi

Appearing at the 2nd annual Canberra Writers Festival were:

Alex McKinnon, Alex Sloane, Allan Gyngell, Amanda Hampson, Amin Saikal, Amy Gottlieb, Andrew Ford, Andrew McMlillen, Andy Martin, Anna Broinowski, Anna Snoekstra, Anne Buist, Bates Gill, Bernadette Schwerdt, Bram Connolly, Cameron & Sam Bloom, Cameron Muir, Catherine Fox, Catherine McCullagh, Chris Masters, Craig Cormick, Dan Bourchier, Daniel Lloyd, David Dufty, David Hunt, David Marr, David W. Cameron, Dirk Kurbjuweit, Elizabeth Kostova, Ellie Marney, Erik Jensen, Eugene Schlusser, Frances Flanagan, Frances Isaac, Frank Bongiorno, Gabrielle Williams, Gareth Evans, Garth Nix, Gary Ramage, Geoff Pryor, George Megalogenis, Gillian Polack, Graeme Simsion, Graham Wilson, Helen Roe, Hugh Mackay AO, Hugh White, Ian Burnet, Ian McPhedran, Ian Townsend, Jack Heath, Jaclyn Moriarty, James Bradley, James Phelan, Jamila Rizvi, Jane Caro, Jane Rawson, Jean Kittson, Jeff Maynard, Jessica Friedmann, Joan Beaumont, Joanna Savill, John Blaxland, John Safran, Julia Baird, Kaaron Warren, Karma, Katharine Murphy, Kathy Lette, Karen Middleton, Karen Viggers, Laura Tchilinguirian, Laura Tingle, Leah Kaminsky, Linda Tate and Valerie Parv, Louise Milligan, Maggie Alderson, Mark Henshaw, Matthew Evans, Melina Marchetta, Merlinda Bobis, Meredith McKinney, Michael Brissenden, Michael Newtown, Michael Robotham, Michelle Arrow, Nicola Gates, Nikki Gemmell, One Woman Project, Peter Stanley, Paul Kelly, Peter Jennings, Harry Potter Show with Professor Frankie, Rachel Seiffert, Raihan Ismail, Rebecca Huntley, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Richard Fidler, Robert Macklin, Robyn Williams,  Rory Medcalf, Rutger Bregman, Sabra Lane, Samantha Shannon, Sarah Ferguson, Sarah Schmidt, Shireen Morris, Stefan Posthuma-Grbic, Stephanie Buckle, Sulari Gentill, Sunni Overend, Tim Costello, Tim Watson-Munro, Tom Frame, Tom Gibson, Tony Jones, Tony Wilson, Tracey Spicer, Tracy Chevalier, Troy Bramston, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, Virginia Haussegger, Will Kostakis and Yolande Norris.

 

The Festival is supported by additional funding from the ACT Government as well as ongoing support from Australia’s national institutions and other supporters including the Australian National University, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of Australia, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, National Library of Australia, National Press Club of Australia, Doma Hotels, 4 National Circuit, ActewAGL, Swisse, Dymocks, Win Network, The Saturday Paper, ABC Canberra and the Riot Act. The Canberra Writers Festival also acknowledges the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund for supporting this project.

 

For more information, please visit the festival’s website: http://canberrawritersfestival.com.au