Katy Gallagher has announced that Canberra will be holding the first Canberra Readers’ Festival this September at the Playhouse. So far three attending authors have been announced: Kate Grenville, Anita Heiss, and Bryce Courtenay (and, a little research suggests, Melina Marchetta).
“The Canberra Readers Festival promises to be an entertaining and energetic event for locals as well as visitors to the region. It provides a perfect day out for the many Canberrans and Australians who love to read, for aspiring authors and, especially, for the many passionate people who are members of book clubs in our community,” the Chief Minister concluded.
Sounds like it could have potential and it’s great that tickets are going to be cheap (starting at $10 per session, lots of freebies going to high schools and senior groups), but I’m curious as to why it’s going to be only one day long (22 September). Can a one-day event really be called a ‘festival’?