Since its inception in 2016, the Canberra Writers Festival has been bringing together the best Australian and international writers, thinkers and social and political commentators.

The festival is now part of the Canberra community’s cultural fabric – a world-class literary event, feeding our inherent love of words, ideas and debate and showcasing our city.

Under the theme Power Politics Passion the festival aims to scrutinise today’s issues, reflect on the past, contemplate the future and challenge our understanding of all.

The upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic has necessarily changed the festival’s program delivery in 2020. Ongoing uncertainty regarding travel and large gatherings means CWF 2020 is much smaller than usual. However, we remain committed to high-quality programming, high production levels and to showcasing Canberra. Naturally, the health and wellbeing of our community comes first, but by August we will be well practised to follow the rules as they stand for public gatherings.

The line-up for the 5th annual Canberra Writers Festival includes 17 live and streamed and 10 streamed-only events, including panel discussions and intimate ‘in conversation’ sessions, connecting authors with our loyal audience. We thank our partners who help make this possible and continue to support us in all that we do.

Live festival events will be staged at the National Museum of Australia, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Press Club and the Canberra Theatre Centre. Streamed events will be available only at the time of streaming.

Creative gatherings has never seemed more important and the past months have been incredibly challenging for many of us, but in August, as we prepare to emerge from Canberra’s winter, we invite you to immerse yourself in a world of words at the Canberra Writers Festival – 12-16 August 2020.