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A treat for lovers of literature
Calling all aspiring authors, reading enthusiasts and those who just want to enjoy some intelligent conversation. The Canberra Writers Festival is back for another year with a stellar line-up of events such as conversations and author talks, book launches, workshops and other special events. Most events – even the free ones – require booking due to limited space. Check out the program for the weekend below and book in your favourite events to avoid disappointment:

FRIDAY 26 AUGUST

11:00am – Book Launch – Lynette Dickinson – "A Journey to Peace Through Yoga"
Ferguson Room, National Library. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

11:00am – In Conversation Anne Summers – Host: Jennifer Bott AO
Library Theatre – National Library

11.30am – Special Event – Literary Lunch with Lindsay Tanner – Host: Laura Tingle
North Court Yard, Hotel Realm

12:00pm – The Shortlist Announcement – ACT Book of the Year Award
Library Foyer, National Library. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

12:00pm - Book Launch – Rob Ginnivan – "Now & Now"

Ferguson Room, National Library. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

12:30pm – In Conversation Louise Adler – Host: Virginia Haussegger
Library Theatre, National Library

1:30pm –Workshop – Karen Middleton
Private Dining Room 1 – Museum of Australian Democracy


1:45pm - In Conversation George Megalogenis – Host: Paul Daley
Library Theatre – National Library


2:00pm- Book Launch – Carmel Bird – "Family Skeleton"

Ferguson Room, National Library. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

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Carmel Bird - "Family Skeleton". Image from www.canberrawritersfestival.com.au


3:00pm – Martin Woods "Maps" Book Launch
Conference Room, Level 4, National Library. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

3:00pm – Book Launch – Tracey Lee – "What Remains"
Ferguson Room, National Library. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED
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Tracey Lee – "What Remains". Image from www.canberrawritersfestival.com.au


4:00pm – Book Launch – Nicholas Hasluck – "The Bradshaw Case"
Ferguson Room, National Library. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED
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Nicholas Hasluck - "The Bradshaw Case". Image from www.canberrawritersfestival.com.au


5:45pm – Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann: The Shadow Game – Official Book Launch
National Press Club

6:00pm – Tales After Dark
The Abbey Function Centre

6:30pm – Yann Martel – International Best Selling Author of Life of Pi – Host: Katharine Murphy
Llewellyn Hall – Australian National University



SATURDAY 27 AUGUST

09:30am – Workshop – Re/imagining Water: What is Lost and Found Merlinda Bobis
Private Dining Room 1 – Museum of Australian Democracy

10:00am – If These Walls Could Talk: Allan Behm, Sam Crosby and Anne Tiernan
Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy

10:00am – Book Launch – Felicity Banks– "Heart of Brass"
Ferguson Room, National Library. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

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Felicity Banks – "Heart of Brass". Image from www.canberrawritersfestival.com.au


10:00am – Letters of Gratitude – Dayne & Clyde Rathbone, Karma – Celebrating People
Training Room, National Library. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

10:00am – Book Launch – Anna Snoekstra – "Only Daughter"
National Museum of Australia. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

10.30am – Special Event – Morning Tea with Rosalie Ham and Marion Halligan Host: Karren Viggers
North Court Yard, Hotel Realm

10:30am – In Conversation – Mark Tedeschi Host: Robert Macklin
Conference Room Level 4, National Library

11:00am – In Conversation – Don Watson Host: Christine Wallace
Library Theatre, National Library

11:00am – Laura Dawes – Fighting Fit:The Wartime Battle for Britain's Health Host: Joanna Gilmour
Liangis Theatre, National Portrait Gallery

11:00am – Book Launch – Kaaron Warren – "The Grief Hole"
Ferguson Room, National Library. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

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Kaaron Warren. Image from www.canberrawritersfestival.com.au


11:30am – The Shadow Game: Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann Host: Tim Shaw
Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy

11:45am – My Life in an Object: George Megalogenis, Karen Middleton and Nick Earls Host: George Dunford
Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia

12:00pm – The Poetics of Politics: Lizz Murphy and Susan Hawthorne
Conference Room Level 4 – National Library

12:00pm – Book Launch – Robert Hamilton – "Revelations Far From Earth"
National Museum of Australia. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED
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Robert J Hamilton – "Revelations far From Earth". Image from www.canberrawritersfestival.com.au


12:30pm – Reading Changes Lives: Leigh Hobbs and Jackie French Host: Kathryn Favelle
Library Theatre, National Library

1:00pm – Speechwriters: Paul Ritchie, Michael Cooney and Mark Brandon-Baker
Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy

1:00pm – Book Launch – Diana Thompson – "Unbridled Passion"
Ferguson Room, National Library. FREE -NO BOOKING REQUIRED

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Diana Thompson – "Unbridled Passion". Image from www.canberrawritersfestival.com.au


1:15pm – The Mud House: Richard Glover Host: Phil Clarke
Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia

1:30pm – Waking the Dead: Writing and Research – Paul Daley, Sulari Gentill and Ros Russell
Conference Room Level 4, National Library

2:00pm – In Conversation: Nick Earls
Library Theatre, National Library

2:00pm – Letters of Gratitude – Dayne & Clyde Rathbone, Karma – Celebrating People
Ferguson Room, National Library. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

2:00pm – Book Launch – Sandra Walden Pearson – "How to Reclaim your Life as a Victim of Workplace Bullying"
National Museum of Australia. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

2:30pm – Is truth stranger than fiction? – Mark Tedeschi and Aoife Clifford Host: Tim Shaw
Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy

2:30pm – Screencraft presents: The Dressmaker – From Book to Screen with Rosalie Ham and Sue Maslin Host Daniel Lloyd
Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia

2:30pm – Portrait of a Portrait Gallery with Angus Trumble
Liangis Theatre, National Portrait Gallery

2:45pm – Announcement of CHASS Australia Book Prize Long List
China in the World Foyer, Australian National University. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

3:00pm – The Chaser's Australia
National Press Club of Australia

3:00pm – In Conversation with Cal Flyn
National Library

3:00pm – Book Launch – Richard Begbie – "COTTER: A Novel"
Ferguson Room, National Library. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

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Richard Begbie – "COTTER: A Novel". Image from www.canberrawritersfestival.com.au


3:00pm – Book Launch – Jacqueline de Rose Ahern – "Charlie's Adventures… in Hawaii"
National Museum of Australia. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

3:30pm – In Conversation: Isobelle Carmody Host: Kaaron Warren
Library Theatre, National Library

4:00pm – In Conversation: Karen Middleton Host: Paul Bongiorno
Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy

4:00pm – Book Launch – Cristina san Martin – "Hello Heart: A Guide to Heart Conversations"
Ferguson Room, National Library. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

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Cristina San Martin – "Hello Heart – A Guide to Heart Conversations". Image from www.canberrawritersfestival.com.au


4:30pm – In Conversation: Merlinda Bobis Host: Lucy Neave
Conference Room Level 4, National Library

6:30pm for 7pm – Brexit, Trump and the Populist Present CWF Author All Stars: AC GRAYLING, KATHARINE MURPHY, RICHARD GLOVER, THE CHASER'S CHARLES FIRTH & MARK HUMPHRIESwith Host: GEORGE MEGALOGENIS
Hall, National Museum of Australia

7:00pm – "The Escalators" live music Festival Club.
Ostani Bar & Restaurant Hotel Realm. FREE ENTRY


SUNDAY 28 AUGUST

10:00am – In Conversation: Richard Denniss Host: Allan Behm

Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy

10.00am – Letters of Gratitude – Dayne & Clyde Rathbone, Karma – Celebrating People
Ferguson Room, National Library. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

10.30am – Judith Wright – Her Poetry, passion and politics. Poetry reading by Lexi Sekuless, discussion with Humphry McQueen and Meredith McKinney
Conference Room Level 4, National Library. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

11:00am – On Prostitution: Sex Trade as Violence Against Women: Melinda Tankard Reist Host: Susan Hawthorne.
Library Theatre – National Library

11:00am – Modern Masculinity: Nick Earls and Marion Halligan
National Portrait Gallery

11.00am – Book Launch – Linda Wells – "Kultitja; Memoir of an Outback Schoolteacher"
Ferguson Room, National Library. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

11:30am – Identity: Cal Flyn, Bruce Pascoe, Tom Dusevic
Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy


12:00pm – Leigh Hobbs Children's Show
National Library

12.00pm – Book Launch – David W. Cameron – "The Battle of Long Tan"
Ferguson Room, National Library. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

12:15pm – In Conversation: Kim Mahood
National Portrait Gallery

12:30pm – Eimear McBride
National Library

1:00pm – Women and Passionate Politics: Susan Hawthorne, Merlinda Bobis with host Katharine Murphy
Museum of Australian Democracy

1:15pm – Flesh Wounds: Richard Glover
National Portrait Gallery

1:30pm – Nick Earls Children's Show
National Library

2:00pm – The Natural Way of Things: Charlotte Wood Host: Lenore Taylor
Library Theatre, National Library

2:00pm – The Mean Streets of Power
Australian Parliament House. rsvp@aph.gov.au

2.00pm – Book Launch – Suzanne Kiraly – "Canberra Business Success Stories – 50 Human Stories"
Ferguson Room, National Library

2.30pm – Special Event – High Tea – Sarah Wilson , Hosted by Amanda Whitley
Hotel Realm

2:30pm – 666 ABC Canberra's Big Bookclub with Alex Sloan
Museum of Australian Democracy

2:30pm – In Conversation: Tom Dusevic Host: Steve Lewis
Liangis Theatre, National Portrait Gallery

3:00pm – Bruce Pascoe Children's Show
National Library

3.00pm – Letters of Gratitude – Dayne & Clyde Rathbone, Karma – Celebrating People
Ferguson Room, National Library. FREE – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

3:30pm – Generation Less: Jennifer Rayner and Omar Musa
National Library

4:00pm – Press and Politics: Various Authors Kerry O'Brien, Fleur Anderson, Hon Anthony Albanese MP and Senator the Hon Fiona Nash
Museum of Australian Democracy

4.00pm – Book Launch – Nicole Godwin – "Ella"
Ferguson Room, National Library


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Nicole Godwin – "Ella". Image from www.canberrawritersfestival.com.au


5:30pm – Bob Brown Special Event: Canberra Writers Festival Closing Address

National Library

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Why? Celebrate the beauty of the written word in Canberra
When: Various times over the weekend
Phone: 02 6270 8160
Where: Various locations in Canberra
Cost: Costs vary for each event
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Hi! I can't believe I forgot to write up this festival myself! That's my book up there, HEART OF BRASS, which is one reason I haven't written too many articles for Weekend Notes lately!

Felicity Banks

PS The book launch went beautifully, and the National Library Bookshop is still stocking a few copies. Otherwise, people can buy print and/or digital copies on Amazon or at odysseybooks.com.au
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