The Tattooist Of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz has sold over three million copies worldwide and the recently published sequel, Cilka’s Story, is also a global bestseller. Both books blend fiction with fact. Heather Morris talks with Juliet Rieden about memory, history and how to respect both when writing historical fiction.

The Passion Of Prague

The inimitable Simon Winchester turns the microphone around on beloved broadcaster Richard Fidler and interviews him on the magical city that is Prague. From its origins in medieval darkness, via the Velvet Revolution, to an uncertain present, this is an unmissable conversation between two passionate storytellers.

Festival Highlights

Live and streamed

What The Colonists Never Knew: A History Of Aboriginal Sydney

Dennis Foley and Peter Read moderated by Margo Neale
Wednesday 12 August 2020
4.30PM – 5.30PM
Streamed

The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!

Gloria Steinem in conversation with Kirstin Ferguson
Thursday 13 August 2020
4.30PM – 5.30PM
Live and streamed

The Passion Of Prague

Richard Fidler in conversation with Simon Winchester
Saturday 15 August 2020
10.30AM – 11.30AM
Streamed

The Tattooist Of Auschwitz

Heather Morris in conversation with Juliet Rieden
Saturday 15 August 2020
2.30PM – 3.30PM

A reimagined CWF will be held from 12-16 August 2020.

As we confront society’s new ‘normal’, people are looking for hope and light and the power of words can help. Storytelling, ideas and connection matter more than ever and the CWF has reimagined how to connect writers and thinkers with the audience this year.

The CWF is passionate about continuing to support the writing, publishing and bookselling fraternity. At the same time the pandemic is still among us and uncertainty remains, so the program is necessarily smaller than in previous years and will be a mix of real and virtual events.

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Covid-19 Safety Measures

The health and safety of our staff, audience and artists is important to us. Each of the Canberra Writers Festival’s venues have implemented safety measures in line with recommendations from the Australian Government’s Department of Health and ACT government.

We are committed to ensuring safe physical distancing by using separate entrances and exits, ensuring visitor traffic only moves in one direction within each venue, and limiting the number of tickets. Venues have increased on-site cleaning to help protect the community.

Please help us to keep our community safe

  • Keeping a 1.5 metre distance helps protect everyone.
  • Remember to wash your hands regularly to protect yourself and others.
  • If you feel unwell, please postpone your visit.
  • Hand sanitiser is available at all venues.