Arts / Canberra Writers Festival cooks up a ‘feast’

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ONE of the most powerful movers and shakers in the Australian arts scene has been appointed to direct the 2017 Canberra Writers Festival.

Jennifer Bott
Jennifer Bott, a former CEO of the Australia Council, the National Portrait Gallery, Musica Viva and the UNSW Foundation, has been appointed as the event’s artistic director and says: “Writers Festivals are ultimately festivals of ideas, and Canberra provides a fertile environment for such a feast.”

“Power, Politics, Passion” will continue to be the slogan of the festival, allowing a focus on “thought-provoking topics such as war, peace and insecurity”, but as well, there will be several new events including wine and crime shows and a program for young adults.

With estimates of more than 5000 attendees, last year’s inaugural festival was held across three precincts with the support and collaboration of Canberra’s national institutions and other partners like the National Press Club of Australia and Doma Hotels.

Top of the list of authors already engaged from the Festival are novelist/columnist Maggie Alderson, conversationalist and writer of “Ghost Empire”, Richard Fidler, novelist Nikki Gemmell, Canberra thriller writer Jack Heath, science presenter Robyn Williams and bestselling author Graeme Simsion.

Canberra Writers Festival, various venues in Canberra Canberra, August 25-27, early bird tickets at 132 849.

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