We are delighted to be partner and festival venue for the new Canberra Writers Festival, being held in venues around the city from 26-28 August. Over 3 days, we will host over 20 events and book launches, exploring the festival’s themes of ‘power, passion, politics’.  

I think one of the things the writers festival does that is very good is that it brings writers from around the world and around the country and locally and puts them all in the one spot together, and that’s what a lot of the world’s great writers festivals do. – Nick Earls

It’s a good thing Brisbane writer, Nick Earls, loves writers festivals. August began for him in warmer climes up north at the Byron Bay Writers Festival, and ends in cool, crisp Canberra at the inaugural Canberra Writers Festival. The festival is a celebration of great writing and great ideas and—as Nick notes—it is bringing together writers from around the world, around the country and from Canberra.

We have curated 2 special events. On Saturday 27 August, ‘Waking the Dead’ with Paul Daley, Sulari Gentill, and Ros Russell explores how writers draw on and are inspired by heritage collections such as ours. Sunday 28 August will bring a celebration of the poetry, passion and politics of the late Judith Wright.

Nick Earls will be in conversation on Saturday 27 August at 2pm and on Sunday, he’ll be presenting an event especially for children, as will Leigh Hobbs and Bruce Pascoe. 

Other writers to join us include Dr Anne Summers AO, Don Watson, Jackie French, Isobelle Carmody, Stella Prize winner Charlotte Wood and Ireland’s Eimear McBride. Dr Bob Brown will share his passions and politics with us at the Festival’s closing event on Sunday evening.

There are free events, family events, book launches, book signings and great coffee available throughout the weekend. You can explore the program online. Book early if you want to guarantee your seat or drop by over the weekend and see what’s happening.