Karen is an active public and motivational speaker about books, writing and life. She also interviews other writers and moderates panels at literary festivals.

To invite Karen to speak at an event or festival, please contact her agent, Fiona Inglis at Curtis Brown Australasia.

Email: fiona@curtisbrown.com.au

Upcoming Events

MAY 2019

May 9: National Seniors Canberra North Branch: Karen will speak about her new novel, The Orchardist’s Daughter

JUNE 2019

June 1: Great Escape Bookshop, Aireys Inlet 7:30PM

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June 4: Eltham Bookshop. A literary In Conversation (interlocutor Kate Mildenhall, author of Skylarking)

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June 5: Mornington Library, Victoria

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June 21/22: MILTON Storyfest 2019, Milton, NSW

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August 10/11: Bendigo Writers Festival

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11September: Corrimal Library Author talk

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Recent Events

May 1: Sydney Writers Festival: Panel discussion on the experience of being translated into other languages. At the NSW State Library

April 16-18: Karen Viggers in PARIS for the launch of Le Bruissement des feuilles (The Orchardist’s Daughter)

April 27/28: FLASH FICTION Festival Canberra: Karen will speak about her journey in writing and her international success

April 6: COOMA Library Literary Lunch. 11:30 - 1PM. Karen will talk about the inspiration for her new novel, The Orchardist’s Daughter

April 8: WODEN Library Author Talk event.

MARCH 2019

March 19: LITERARY LUNCHEON at MORUYA12-2PM. Karen Viggers ‘In Conversation’ about her new novel The Orchardist’s Daughter, with Inga Simpson (author of Mr Wigg, Nest, Understory and Where the Trees Were).

March 23: JUGIONG Writers Festival. Panel with Holly Throsby, moderator: Deb Stevens

March 28: Bookface Gungahlin, BookClub Discussion: The Orchardist’s Daughter.

March 13: GUNGAHLIN Library: FREE workshop on writing place and bringing landscape to life.


February 26: MELBOURNE launch of ‘The Orchardist’s Daughter’ at Readings Bookshop Hawthorn in conversation with Kylie Ladd, author of The Way Back, Mothers and Daughters, Into My Arms, and Last Summer.

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February 27: LAUNCESTON book launch at Petrarchs Bookshop

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February 28: HOBART launch at Fullers Bookshop in conversation with Katherine Johnson, author of The Better Son and Matryoshka.

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A Bilingual Literary Soiree with Canberra en Francais

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Interview with Sofie Laguna, Winner of the Miles Franklin Award 2015 (ACT Writers Centre 2017)

Interviewed Jonathon Drori - author of Around the World in 80 Trees and high profile TED speaker (Canberra Writers Festival 2018)


Canberra Writers Festival 2016, 2017, 2018: panel participant and moderator

2017: Karen interviewed Nicola Gates author of "A Brain for Life" and Jessica Friedman author of 'Things that Helped'.

2016: Panellist: 666ABC Big Book Club with Alex Sloan. Interviewed: Rosalie Ham and Marion Halligan and Nick Earls. Coffee and Papers with Sally Pryor from The Canberra Times

Kiama Readers Festival October 2016 (panellist)

Goulburn Book Festival November 2016 (delivered workshop on pathways to creativity and getting [published).

International  Women's Day Motivational Speeches

Berrigan Shire Luncheon 2016:

Firbank Girls Grammar School Melbourne 2015

Public Talks

How Does She Do It? Juggling Work, Life and Motherhood. (Friday November 10, 2017)

The Write Stuff: Finishing your NaNoWriMo novel with Karen Viggers (Ages 16+) (Gungahlin library)


Events in France April 2017:

Mots en Marge bookshop (20 April 2017)

Le Furet du Nord bookshop, Lille (21 April 2017)

La Griffe Noire bookshop, St Maur (22 April 2017)


Noted Festival Canberra: Writers Uncorked: A smorgasbord of literary conversation. May 2017.

Animal Rights Writing (Tuggeranong Arts Centre: Lakeside Literary Lounge). May 2017. Panel with Irma Gold, Sam Vincent. Chair: Nigel Featherstone.

Libraries where Karen has given free public talks

Hawkesbury Library: June 2017

Picton Wollondilly Library: June 2017

Thirroul Library NSW: April 2017

Queanbeyan Library October 2016

Parkes Library (NSW): September 2016 ("Finding Stories in Australian Landscapes")

Young Library (NSW): September 2016

Corrimal Library (NSW): August 2016

Sutherland Shire Library (NSW): August 2016

Brighton Library (Victoria): March 2016 ("Tips for Writing and Getting Published")

Croydon Library (Victoria) : March 2016

Goulburn Library (NSW): February 2016

20 Unrehearsed Questions, Muse Cafe, Canberra: February 2016

Berrigan Library (NSW): July 2015 ("Fictionalising Environmental Issues")

Coff Harbour LIbrary (NSW) July 2015

Yarra Junction Library (Vic): May 2015

Kiama Library (NSW): May 2015


Patron Snowy Mountains Readers Writers Festival 2014, 2015

Patron Wildlife ACT (2017 - ongoing)

Judge: ACT Fiction Publishing Awards 2016 

Judge: Snowy Mountains Readers Writers Festival Young Writers Competition 2015