Canberra Writers Festival 2016 – A Best Seller!
The Canberra Writers Festival, Australia’s newest major literary event, has hit the ground running, with overwhelmingly positive participant feedback and ticket sales far exceeding expectations.
In addition, the immediate future of the Festival is guaranteed, as ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has announced a generous government grant of $125k PA over the next three years.
The 2016 Canberra Writers Festival showcased local, national and international writers such as: Yann Martel, Eimaer McBride, Sarah Ferguson, Jackie French, Cal Flyn, The Chaser’s Australia, Dr Anne Summers AO, Karen Middleton, George Megologenis, Sue Maslin, Sam Crosby, Melinda Tankard-Reist, Paul West, Bruce Pascoe, Anne Tiernan, Louise Adler, Laura Dawes, Lindsay Tanner, Lizz Murphy, Nigel Featherstone, Karen Viggers, Kim Mahood, Diane Bell, the Hansard Monologues, 666 ABC Canberra’s Big Book Club with Alex Sloan, Daniel Lloyd as well as multiple free book launches throughout the festival.
“We’ve been blown away with the reception to the 2016 Canberra Writers Festival,” said Festival Director Vickii Cotter. “The feedback on all fronts has been outstanding, and now with a three-year ACT Government funding commitment, the event will only build momentum from here.”
The Canberra Writers Festival is set to become a key fixture on the ACT tourism calendar, bringing valuable visitors and tourist dollars to the national capital at a quiet time of year.
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 also wishes to acknowledge 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, Swisse Wellness and Screencraft.
For further event information, please visit the festival’s website: http://canberrawritersfestival.com.au