Kathy Lette, Katharine Murphy, Virginia Haussegger & Sarah Ferguson

Women in the Media
Canberra Writers Festival 2017 - Power, Politics, Passion
Friday, 25 August 2017
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm
Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

Registrations for this event are now closed. Please contact reception for further details.

Join Kathy Lette, Katharine Murphy and Virgina Haussegger for lunch at the National Press Club,
in conjunction with the Canberra Writers Festival 2017.

Kathy Lette
Kathy Lette is a celebrated and outspoken comic writer who has an inimitable take on serious current issues. She is one of the pioneering voices of contemporary feminism, paving the way for Caitlin Moran and Lena Dunham.

She first achieved succès de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues, which was made into a major film and a TV mini-series. After several years as a newspaper columnist and TV sitcom writer in America and Australia, she’s written 11 international bestsellers in her characteristic witty voice, including Mad Cows, How to Kill Your Husband – and Other Handy Household Hints (staged by the Victorian opera) and The Boy Who Fell to Earth. She is known for her regular appearances on BBC and Sky news programmes. She is an ambassador for Women and Children First, Plan International, the White Ribbon Alliance and the NAS.

Kathy Lette lives in London with her husband, her autistic son (the actor Julius Robertson) and daughter, and can often be found at The Savoy drinking a cocktail named after her. Kathy is an autodidact (a word she taught herself), but has honorary doctorates from Southampton Solent and Wollongong Universities and a Senior Fellowship from Regent’s College.


Katharine Murphy
Katharine Murphy is Guardian Australia’s political editor. She has worked in Canberra’s parliamentary gallery for 15 years. In 2008 she won the Paul Lyneham award for excellent in press gallery journalism, while in 2012 she was a Walkley awards finalist in the best digital journalism category. Prior to Guardian Australia Katharine has worked for The Australian Financial Review, The Australian and The Age. She’s a regular contributor on radio and television, including a regular panelist on the ABC’s Insider’s program. Katharine also contributes a quarterly piece about national politics to the literary magazine, Meanjin, and she pioneered political live blogging in Australia, first for Fairfax and then for Guardian Australia. An award winning journalist, Katharine is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Canberra.




Virginia Haussegger
Virginia Haussegger AM is the youngest woman to host the ABC’s flagship current affairs program the 7.30 Report; she has reported on several of Australia’s leading news programs. She has written for The Canberra Times, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. Virginia is a well-known women’s rights and gender equity advocate. From 2001 to 2016 she presented the flagship nightly 7pm ABC TV News in Canberra. She is now the Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra.




Sarah Ferguson
Sarah Ferguson is an ABC journalist. In the same year that she worked on The Killing Season, she also wrote and presented Hitting Home, the landmark series on domestic violence. She has presented the ABC’s 7.30 and worked as a journalist on Four Corners, where she won four Walkleys – including the Gold Walkley in 2011 for ‘A Bloody Business’ – the Melbourne Press Club Gold Quill Award, four Logies for most outstanding public affairs report, as well as the George Munster Award for Independent Journalism and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award.



This event will be broadcast on ABC24, shown on Saturday at 3:15pm and then again at 8:15pm –
It will also be available to watch on iView.