This year’s theme is Power, Passion, Politics and few are better versed on this topic than renowned author Kathy Lette, who describes her writing as “the way women talk when there’s no men around”. As she prepares to participate in the closing event of the Canberra Writers Festival “Girls’ Night In: Live and Dangerous”, she shared her favourite places to read, write and explore in Canberra.

What’s your favourite attraction to write at? In the spring, you’ll find me at the National Gallery of Australia’s Sculpture Garden.

Where’s the best bookshop in Canberra? I love all the bookshops – they are my natural habitat, after all. But I do particularly like Bookface at Gungahlin.

The cafe I go to read at is... Bookplate at the National Library of Australia. Books, of course, are a mental macchiato.

A couple enjoys a coffee Bookplate at the National Library of Australia
Bookplate at the National Library of Australia is Kathy Lette's favourite Canberra cafe to read at.

I learn something new each time I go to... the National Museum of Australia. All that evolution does slightly put one's now problems into perspective, right? 

My favourite hidden gem is... Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary – I do like a walk on the wild side. 

I always recommend friends and family visit... National Portrait Gallery – this may sound weird, as I'm of convict stock, but oh, how I'd love to be framed! 

National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery is Kathy's recommendation for family and friends.

Visitors to Canberra might be surprised by... the cork forest at the National Arboretum Canberra – must be all the wine I've consumed which draws me here, huh? 


Tickets are now on sale for the Canberra Writers Festival events here.