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International authors coming to Canberra for Writers Festival

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International award winners Yann Martel and Eimear McBride coming to Canberra Writers Festival

The Canberra Writers Festival, Australia’s newest major literary event, has announced international authors in time for the release of session tickets: Man Booker Prize-winning author Yann Martel and multi-award winning Irish author Eimear McBride.


Yann Martel is the Spanish-born Canadian author of Life of Pi, which sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, won the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes) and was adapted to the screen in an Oscar-winning film by Ang Lee.

Martel’s most recent novel is the acclaimed The High Mountains of Portugal (2016) and his earlier books include The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (which won the Journey Prize), Self, Beatrice and Virgil, and a book of recommended reading: 101 Letters to a Prime Minister.

Eimear McBride is an Irish novelist whose debut novel, A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing, won the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize in 2013 and the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. The novel is written in a stream of consciousness style, and tells the story of a young woman’s complex relationship with her family.

Writers Festival line up a book lover’s dream

The Canberra Writers Festival’s Programming Committee are understandably very proud and thrilled with the line-up of the inaugural event.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming all of the talent to the festival and to sharing the event with our audience! The addition of international talent to our line up in our first year has been made possible through our partnership with the Melbourne Writers Festival and to the generous support of the ACT Government and our valued Partners” said Vickii Cotter, Festival Director.


Also joining the 2016 Canberra Writers Festival are: Sarah Ferguson , Jackie French, Cal Flyn (Int), The Chaser’s Australia, Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb, Dr Anne Summers AO, Karen Middleton, George Megologenis, Sue Maslin, Sam Crosby, Melinda Tankard-Reist, Paul West, Bruce Pascoe, Anne Tiernan, Louise Adler, Laura Dawes, Lindsay Tanner, Lizz Murphy, Nigel Featherstone, Karen Viggers, Kim Mahood, Diane Bell, ABC 666 Biggest Bookclub with Alex Sloan, Daniel Lloyd plus multiple free book launches throughout the festival.

These authors join a long list of amazing talent already announced to be appearing at the Canberra Writers Festival including A.C Grayling, Bob Brown, Sarah Wilson and many more.

Held over three key precincts around Canberra the festival features an array of In Conversation and Panel sessions, Workshops and Special Events.

the essentials

What: Canberra Writers Festival
When: Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August
Where: Various venues
Book: Online or call Ticketek on 132 849


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