Former Senator and leader of the Greens Bob Brown and New York Times bestselling author Sarah Wilson lead the second announcement from the inaugural Canberra Writers Festival set to take on the National Capital from Friday 26 – Sunday 28 August 2016.
Melbourne Writers Festival Director Lisa Dempster who has led Canberra Writers Festival’s creative direction says “we have secured some amazing writers for the inaugural year of the festival and we are thrilled to announce the next round of inspiring authors and thinkers appearing at the festival”.
“Canberra Writers Festival will be a stimulating three days full of different activities to suit all audiences – we couldn’t be more excited. The programming committee has been working hard to ensure the festival brings its theme of Power, Politics and Passion to life across the city,” Ms Dempster said.
Confirmed in the second announcement for the 2016 Canberra Writers Festival are Bob Brown, Stan Grant, Kerry O’Brien, Sarah Wilson, Rosalie Ham, Merlinda Bobis, Mark Tedeschi, Don Watson, Susan Hawthorne, Aoife Clifford, Marion Halligan, Sulari Gentill, Omar Musa, Tom Dusevic and Paul Ritchie.
These authors are joining the already announced AC Grayling, Isobelle Carmody, Charlotte Wood, Nick Earls, Richard Glover, and Steve Lewis & Chris Uhlmann.
Festival Director Vickii Cotter promises a third announcement with more headlining authors. “Our second announcement adds even more talented local and national authors to the festival, and we still have more to come!” Ms Cotter said.
The Canberra Writers Festival is proudly affiliated with the Melbourne Writers Festival, part of the Word Alliance, a strategic international partnership promoting Australian writers to the World. The Festival is also honoured to be supported by the ACT Government in a growing and vibrant calendar of events in the National Capital.
The Canberra Writers Festival has the key support of Foundation Partners: The Australian National University, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, National Museum of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra Convention Bureau and Newgate Communications; and Partners: The National Library of Australia, National Press Club of Australia, John Hindmarsh, Doma Hotels, ActewAGL and Swisse Wellness.
A range of early bird ticket options are now available, including season passes and day tickets. Tickets can be booked online: http://canberrawritersfestival.com.au/tickets/ or by calling Ticketek: 132 849.
For further event information, please visit the festival’s website: http://canberrawritersfestival.com.au