Special Event
Live and streamed

Closing Night: Girls’ Night In

The Hon Julie Bishop, Jean Kittson, Bridie Jabour, Lizzy Hoo and Chris Ryan

Sunday 16 August 2020
6.30PM – 8.00PM

Girls’ Night In closes the 2020 Canberra Writers Festival with five talented women sharing observations on the whimsy of life – and the meagre role of men. These dames will chew the fat on literature, fine art, music and aged cognac. Kick off your heels (boys too) and celebrate a one-of-a-kind writers’ festival.

Presented by ANU @ the Canberra Theatre Centre


Julie Bishop

The Hon Julie Bishop’s political career spans over 20 years. She was the first female foreign affairs minister and deputy leader of the Liberal Party. In 2014, she led the international response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine and was awarded the Commander of the Order of Merit of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to politics, she was managing partner at Clayton Utz in Perth. Julie is the Chancellor of Australian National University, is on a number of international boards and has established a boutique advisory firm, Julie Bishop and Partners.


Jean Kittson

Jean Kittson is an author, public speaker, actor, comedian and scriptwriter for stage, television, theatre and radio. Jean’s first book You’re Still Hot To Me was a fact-filled conversation starter about menopause. We Need to Talk About Mum and Dad is her second book.


Bridie Jabour

Bridie Jabour is opinion editor at Guardian Australia. Bridie writes commentary on feminism, inequality and pop culture. She is the author of the novel The Way Things Should Be. Her new book about the millennial malaise will publish with HarperCollins in early 2021.


Lizzy Hoo

Lizzy Hoo is many things – a writer, noodle enthusiast, designer, actor, rugby lover, and rescue greyhound owner. Lizzy is also a stand-up comedian who has rapidly become one of Australia’s most exciting new voices.


Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan is a stand-up comedian, writer, MC, interviewer and panellist, based in Canberra. In 2019, Chris won Best Newcomer at the Sydney Comedy Festival for her laconic take on everything from romance to passive aggressive co-workers.