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


21October: Ivanhoe Library Author Talk

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22 October: Realm Library Ringwood Author Talk

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12 November: Panel at ACT Writers Centre: The Constructive Critic


April 4-5: Writers at the Woolshed, Connecting to Country, Bowna

May 11: Gold Creek Probus Club, Canberra

September 11-13: Tamar Valley Writers Festival

Recent Events



14 September Wangaratta LitFest

Author Panel: Karen Viggers and Jack Heath Sharing the Journey of being a writer.
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18 September: Corrimal and Nowra Libraries

Corrimal Library Author Talk Morning tea.

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Nowra Library Author Talk

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19 September: Margaret Atwood’s, The Testaments

Introductory address at a Screening of Margaret Atwood Live: fundraising evening for the Soroptimist’s Society

August 10/11: Bendigo Writers Festival

Session 1: Sisters: Karen Viggers and Tishani Doshi

In the lush wilderness of Paramankeni, Grace learns about a family that will test her very being. In remote Tasmania, Mikaela’s family has shattered, leaving just her and a secretive brother to make a life. Two novels about courage and freedom, set in two very different cultures and landscapes. Tishani Doshi and Karen Viggers talk to Penelope Curtin about finding stories in extraordinary landscapes. How much are Grace and Mikaela of their place, how much young women of the world?

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Session 2: Over It:

Leo D'Angelo Fisher talks to three novelists about getting fed up, getting mad, and getting even. Are their characters victims or heroes? Is courage tapped into or fuelled by injustice and loss of hope?

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August 24-25 Canberra Writers Festival

Session 1: Our Backyard:

Get up close and personal with four of Canberra’s literary gems, Nigel Featherstone Bodies of Men, Patrick Mullins Tiberious With A Telephone, Kathryn Hind Hitch and Karen Viggers The Orchardist’s Daughter, as they share their creative process. Moderator Emma Alberici explores each author’s approach from the genesis of an idea, to plotting, writing and remaining committed in a crowded market.

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Session 2: Behind Closed Doors:

Australia has a national emergency. Every two minutes police are called to a family violence matter. Every week a woman is killed by a current or former partner. Violence against women is preventable. Worryingly, an increase in domestic violence corresponds with the increase in public discourse on the issue. Authors Karen Viggers The Orchardist’s Daughter, Rod Bower Outspoken and Jane Gilmore Fixed Up, join Phil Barker The Revolution of Man to discuss the causes of a style of masculinity that is suffocating and constraining and can ultimately lead to domestic violence, where the victims are almost always female. How do we turn toxic into positive masculinity for the benefit of men, women and children?

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July 30: Hawkesbury Central Library

Speaking on themes arising from The Orchardist’s Daughter

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

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

June 5: Mornington Library, Victoria

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

June 30: Terroux Fireside Event: The Language of Trees. Keynote speaker.

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

May 9: National Seniors Canberra North Branch

May 22: Inspiring other Writers with Zoya Patel (Bookface Gungahlin):

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 18. Meet the Author at Candelo Books (Bega) and Booktique merimbula

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: workshop on writing place and bringing landscape to life.

February 18: Bowral Library Author talk

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.

February 25: Yarra Junction Library Author Talk

February 27: LAUNCESTON book launch at Petrarchs Bookshop

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

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)

Interview with Krissy Kneen about “Wintering”, Krissy’s book released December 2018 (Muse Bookshop)


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


Assessor Hard Copy Fiction Program 2018

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