Canberra Writers Festival 2018, with Katharine Murphy, Rick Morton, Gareth Evans and more!
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Book lovers, this year's
#CanberraWritersFestival program is out! Each year, the Festival presents more than 400 events, attracting audiences of 100,000 plus for a week-long conversation of books and ideas.
Ellen Broad, Made by Humans: The AI Condition
Canberra's creative life is burgeoning and these three highly successful authors will share with you the paths they have taken, what drives their writing, have they made it yet or what will it take to say "I’ve made it".
Ellen Broad will talk about their writing journey. The highs and the lows and where to next with creative industries academic Dr. Sandra Phillips.
> Read Made by Humans.
Gareth Evans, Incorrigible Optimist
In this sometimes moving, often entertaining, and always lucid memoir Gareth Evans looks back over the highs and lows of his public life as a student activist, civil libertarian, law reformer, industry minister, international policymaker, educator and politician. He explains why it is that, despite multiple disappointments, he continues to believe that a safer, saner and more decent world is achievable, and why, for all its frustrations, politics remains an indispensable profession not only for megalomaniacs but idealists. Hear this compelling speaker in conversation with Guardian Australiaeditor Lenore Taylor.
> Read Incorrigible Optimist
Fleur Anderson, On Sleep
For insomniacs everywhere, On Sleep tackles with gusto our love-hate relationship with slumber. Fleur Anderson has written a highly readable and entertaining book that ponders the big questions about how much sleep is really enough. The former journalist will be in conversation with local ABC identity and workaholic Dan Bouchier.
> Read On Sleep
James Jeffrey, My family and other animus
Rick Morton, One Hundred Years of Dirt
Nikki Gemmell, On Quiet
Nikki Gemmell is the best-selling author of thirteen novels and four works of non-fiction.
In a world gone noisily mad on digital overdrive and non-stop chatter, Nikki Gemmell writes beautifully and evocatively of her quest for a quiet space. On Quiet is a yearning for an earlier time, the pre-digital experience, of long days with little to do and of quieter times and what that brews. In conversation with senior Press Gallery journalist Mark Kenny.
> Read On Quiet
Shireen Morris, Radical Heart
‘We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future'. This is the final sentence of the Uluru Statement.
The Griffith Review has produced a special edition called First Things First. Join CRB and Melbourne Law School academic researching indigenous constitutional recognition, Dr. Shireen Morris, for an important discussion about the future of indigenous recognition.
> Read Radical Heart
Katharine Murphy, On Disruption
Netflix. The rise of the dictator. Brexit. Global refugee crisis. Cyber wars. The challenge of China. At a time of unprecedented global change, when technology is threatening the humble newsagent and ushering in the driverless car, our illustrious panel will attempt to sift through this new world disorder. Where are the strong global leaders for these treacherous times? Will Donald Trump win a second term or be impeached for past misdeeds? And will bookstores survive the onslaught of Amazon? Our power panel will debate these and other seminal issues in one of the Canberra Writers’ Festival’s most anticipated events. Moderated by Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy.
>> Read On Disruption
Canberra Writers' Festival will run from Aug 24 – 26. Stand by, it's going to be huge.