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CWF 2022 program announced

Canberra Writers Festival (CWF) has announced the full program for the 2022 event, which runs 10–14 August.

After being cancelled in 2021 and held with a reduced number of events in 2020, the festival will return with a line-up of over 160 guests across 70 events. CWF 2022 will be bookended by opening night event ‘Dinner at Sweethearts’, featuring Jane and Jimmy Barnes sharing their love of food from their specially prepared menu, and closing night event ‘Light Bulb Moment’, with speakers Indira Naidoo, Samuel Johnson, Kylie Moore-Gilbert, Norman Swan, Veronica Heritage-Gorrie, Rick Morton, Dianne O’Brien, Ben Bravery and Jane Caro sharing their personal epiphanies.

International guests appearing via Zoom include Chilean writer Isabel Allende; American writer Lionel Shriver; philosopher and biographer A C Grayling; author of Red Notice (Corgi) and Freezing Order (S&S) Bill Browder; and author of My Friend Anna: The true story of the fake heiress of New York City (Quercus) Rachel DeLoache Williams.

Program highlights include journalists Karen Middleton, Louise Milligan, Ginger Gorman and Michael West and barrister Richard Potter debating Australia’s defamation laws; a panel with cultural educators Mehreen Faruqi, Jackie Huggins and Fiona Foley; Paul Bongiorno, Christine Sykes, Jenny Hocking, John Faulkner and Paul Kelly discussing the 50th anniversary of the election of the Whitlam government; and individual sessions with authors such as Helen Garner, Charlotte Wood and Liane Moriarty.

‘In our fast-evolving world, candid conversations and robust exchange of ideas matter more than ever—along with long lunches!’ said CWF artistic director Jeanne Ryckmans. ‘Our festival’s core aim is to champion multiple voices and thoughtful, stimulating discussion. We reflect on our past and imagine a kinder and more optimistic future.’

To view the full CWF 2022 program, visit the festival website.

Pictured: Jane and Jimmy Barnes.


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