Girls' Night In
Kathy Lette, Annabel Crabb, Nikki Gemmell, Bridie Jabour and moderated by Jean Kittson
Tearing up the stage is five outrageously funny, smart and talented women to mark the Festival’s closing event - Girls' Night In! Bringing their unique brand of humour and whip-smart observations on the whimsy of life – and the meagre role played by men of all ages – these dames will have you in stitches as they chew the fat and share their love of literature, fine art, music and aged cognac. Kick off your heels (boys too), laugh with gusto and celebrate the end of the 2018 Canberra Writers Festival!
Kathy Lette has written 14 bestselling novels, including Puberty Blues, which was made into a film and TV mini-series, Mad Cows (the film starred Joanna Lumley and Anna Friel) and How to Kill Your Husband and Other Handy Household Hints (staged by the Victorian Opera). Her novels have been published in seventeen languages. Kathy is an autodidact (clearly, it's a word she taught herself) but has Honorary Doctorates from Southampton and Wollongong Universities plus a Senior Fellowship from Regents University, London. She is an ambassador for Plan International and the National Autistic Society and has a cocktail named after her at the Savoy Hotel. Her latest novel Best Laid Plans is soon to be an 8 hour TV series. She cites her career highlights as once teaching Stephen Fry a word, Salman Rushdie, the limbo and scripting Julian Assange’s cameo in the Simpsons 500th episode.
Annabel Crabb is an Australian political journalist, commentator and television host who is the ABC’s chief online political writer. She has worked for Adelaide’s The Advertiser, the Sydney Morning herald, the Age, the Sunday Age and The Sun-Herald, and won a Walkley Award in 2009 for her Quarterly Essay, "Stop at Nothing: The Life and Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull". She has written two books covering events within the Australian Labor Party, as well The Wife Drought, a book about women's work life balance. She has hosted ABC television shows Kitchen Cabinet, The House and Back in Time for Dinner.
Nikki Gemmell is the best-selling author of thirteen novels and four works of non-fiction. Her books have been translated into 22 languages. Her distinctive writing has gained her critical acclaim in France, where she’s been described as a “female Jack Kerouac“. The French literary magazine Lire has included her in a list of what it called the fifty most important writers in the world – those it believes will have a significant influence on the literature of the 21st century. Gemmell pens a weekly column for The Australian newspaper. She also writes novels for children. Four books by Gemmell, Shiver, Cleave, The Bride Stripped Bare and The Book of Rapture, made the longlist of “Favourite Australian Novels” as chosen by readers of the Australian Book Review.
Bridie Jabour has written commentary on inequality, feminism and pop culture. She appears regularly on the ABC, Sky News, Triple J and ABC Radio Sydney and is co-host of the podcast Behind the Lines. Bridie is assistant news editor at Guardian Australia where she has reported on social affairs, politics and regional issues. She has worked in the Canberra press gallery and was a reporter for Brisbane Times after starting her career at the Gold Coast Bulletin in Queensland. She has been nominated for New South Wales and Queensland media awards for her coverage of the Lindt Cafe Siege and Queensland state politics. She has hosted live shows for The Guardian and appeared on panels at various writers' festivals as a moderator and contributor. Born in Grafton, NSW, Bridie now lives in Sydney. The Way Things Should Be is her first novel.
Jean Kittson is an actor, comedian, author, commentator, MC, keynote speaker, facilitator, debater, interviewer, communicator, entertainer and crowd controller. She is known for her bespoke presentations, meticulous research, also her ability to use humour to break down barriers, broach taboo topics, to relax and entertain, educate, stimulate and challenge, to introduce new ideas and prepare for change. Jean came to national attention on ABC TV’s, 'The Big Gig', followed by Let the Blood Run Free, Kittson Fahey, Good News Week, The Glasshouse, Flat Chat, The Einstein Factor and she is also well known for her comedy debates for the ABC, Channel 9 and Channel Ten. She has been a regular columnist with New Weekly, Sunday Telegraph, the Sydney Morning Herald - Sydney Magazine, Inspire Magazine, the Readers Digest Health Smart Magazine and the on-line magazine, The Hoopla.