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.
August 10/11: Bendigo Writers Festival
Session 1: Sisters:
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?
Session 2: Over It:
There's an old saying: you make your bed, you lie in it. That's not going to get things changed - and it doesn't make for an interesting plot either. 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?
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.
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?
14 September Wangaratta LitFest
Author Panel: Karen Viggers and Jack Heath Sharing the Journey of being a writer.
18 September: Corrimal and Nowra Libraries
Corrimal Library Author Talk Morning tea.
Nowra Library Author Talk (details soon)
19 September: Margaret Atwood’s, The Testaments
Introductory address at a Screening of Margaret Atwood Live: fundraising evening for the Soroptimist’s Society
21October: Ivanhoe Library Author Talk (details soon)
22 October: Realm Library Ringwood Author Talk (details soon)
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
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
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