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Perth Writers Festival
Fri 4-Mon 7 March 2011

Situated on the beautiful grounds of The University of Western Australia, the Perth Writers Festival is a celebration of the written word in all its forms. With something for everyone, the long weekend includes a fabulous opening party, readings, talks, workshops and our always popular Family Day.

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Scottish Novelist, essayist and critic Andrew O’Hagan gave a stirring speech to close the Perth Writers Festival exploring 'west' and 'westernness'. Read it here.
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We've put together a list of suggested reading for the 2011 Perth Writers Festival - check out the lists here!
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Adam Ross
Feast of Words  Sat 5 March, 6.30-10.30pm Breaking the Mould  Sat 5 March, 11am-12pm Til Death Do Us Part  Sun 6 March, 9.30-10.30am

Born and raised in New York, Adam was a child actor and state champion wrestler before he went on to study writing (alongside William Gass and Stanley Elkin) at Washington University. He worked as a teacher and journalist (at Nashville Scene) for more tha ... more details

Adrian Hyland
Inspired by Nature  Sat 5 March, 9.30-10.30am More than Crime  Mon 7 March, 3.30-4.30pm

Adrian Hyland spent many years in the Northern Territory, living and working among Indigenous people. He now lives in St Andrews, Victoria, and teaches at LaTrobe University. His first book, Diamond Dove , won the 2007 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Ficti ... more details

Amanda Curtin
Publishing Seminar: The A-Z of Getting Published Fri 4 March, 10am-4pm Seeds for Stories Sun 13 March, 2-4pm The Hard Yards Mon 7 March, 2-3pm

Amanda Curtin is a writer and book editor. Her first novel, The Sinkings , was published in 2008 and she plans to complete her second during an Australia Council residency in Ireland this year. She has won numerous awards for short fiction, including the ... more details

An Evening with Armistead Maupin
Sun 06 Mar 2011

Get set for a fascinating one-on-one interview with one of America’s most beloved and charismatic authors as he reflects on society, life and his work, including the latest addition to his Tales of the City series, Mary Ann in Autumn . Now in its third de ... more details

Andrew Joyner
Starting Early  Mon 7 March, 9.30-10.30am Meet Boris with Andrew Joyner  Sun 6 March, 10.30-11.15am Workshop With Andrew Joyner  Sun 6 March, 1-2pm

Illustrator and cartoonist Andrew Joyner has been published nationally and internationally in newspapers and magazines such as The Age , The Sydney Morning Herald and Reader's Digest . He has illustrated books by humourists Ross Campbell and Wendy Harmer. ... more details

Andrew O'Hagan
It's a Dog's Life  Sat 5 March, 12.30-1.30pm American Icons  Sat 5 March, 5-6pm The Art of the Interview  Sun 6 March, 11am-12pm Andrew O'Hagan: The West Mon 7 March, 6.30pm

Andrew O’Hagan was born in Glasgow in 1968. His debut novel, Our Fathers , was shortlisted for the 1999 Man Booker Prize, and his second, Personality , won the 2003 James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In that same year Granta named him one of the Best Young ... more details

Andrew O'Hagan: The West
Perth Writers Festival Closing Address
Mon 07 Mar 2011

Twice Man Booker-nominated novelist Andrew O’Hagan grew up on the west coast of Scotland. His people looked west to the Ireland they came from, and further west to the America that was coming to dominate their lives. more details

Angus Trumble
The Finger  Sat 5 March, 3.30-4.30pm Visual Narratives  Sun 6 March, 11am-12pm

The youngest of four brothers, Angus Trumble was born and raised in Melbourne. Formerly Curator of European Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, he is now Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Con ... more details

Anjali Joseph
Truth and Fiction  Fri 4 March, 7pm New Voices, Old Lands  Sat 5 March, 5-6pm Til Death Do Us Part  Sun 6 March, 9.30-10.30am

Anjali Joseph was born in Bombay in 1978. She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has taught English at the Sorbonne. More recently she has written for the Times of India in Bombay and been a Commissioning Editor for ELLE (India). She graduate ... more details

Annie Proulx
Science is the New Art Sat 5 March, 9.30am An Evening with Annie Proulx  Sun 6 March, 6.30pm

Annie Proulx was born in Connecticut, the state where her mother's family of farmers, mill workers, inventors and artists have lived since 1635, but she has spent most of her life in Vermont. She wrote her first novel, Postcards , in her 50s and followed ... more details

Anthony Eaton
The Magic of Oz Sat 5 March, 12.30-1.30pm Fantastic Ideas Sat 5 March, 2-5pm Talking Families with Anthony Eaton Sun 6 March, 10.30-11.15am

Anthony Eaton was born in Papua New Guinea in 1972 and moved to the Perth Hills with his family at a young age. After attending university in Perth, he worked as a Literature and Drama teacher at Trinity College for eight years. In 2000, his first novel, ... more details

Antony Loewenstein
Gaza: Zionism and Anti-Zionism Sat 5 March, 2-3pm The Democracy Debate  Sat 5 March, 8pm Truth Telling  Mon 7 March, 9.30-10.30am

Antony Loewenstein is a Sydney-based journalist, author and blogger. His 2006 bestseller, My Israel Question , was shortlisted for the 2007 NSW Premier’s Literary Award (it was fully updated in 2009). His second book, The Blogging Revolution , was about t ... more details

Armistead Maupin
Feast of Words  Sat 5 March 2011, 6.30-10.30pm An Evening with Armistead Maupin Sun 6 March 2011, 8pm

A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Armistead Maupin served as a naval officer in Vietnam before moving to California in 1971 to work as a reporter for Associated Press. In 1976 he launched his daily newspaper serial Tales of the City in the S ... more details

Bernard Beckett
Fantasy Affairs  Sat 5 March, 9.30-10.30am Sophisticated Fare Sun 6 March, 12.30-1.30pm  

Bernard Beckett is a secondary school teacher and writer of young adult fiction whose knowledge of teenage culture is reflected in his true-to-life adolescent characters. He has published more than ten novels and has won two New Zealand Post Book Awards a ... more details

Brenda Walker
Home Comforts  Sat 5 March, 11am-12pm Desert Island Desires  Sun 6 March, 6.30-7.30pm Hearts On Their Sleeves  Mon 7 March, 12.30-1.30pm

Brenda Walker is the author of novels Crush , One More River , Poe’s Cat and The Wing of Night . The latter won the 2006 Nita B Kibble Literary Award and the 2007 Asher Literary Award. Reading by Moonlight , her memoir of reading and healing, won the 2010 ... more details

Brian Falkner
Starting Early  Mon 7 March, 9.30-10.30am Brian Falkner on Adventure Writing  Sun 6 March, 1.30-3pm Workshop with Brian Falkner  Sun 6 March, 10-11am

Brian Falkner is the bestselling author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Flea Thing , The Real Thing and The Super Freak , as well as the action adventure sci-fi novels Brainjack and The Tomorrow Code . Born and raised in Auc ... more details

Briony Stewart
Kumiko and the Dragon's Secret with Briony Stewart Sun 6 March, 12.30-1.15pm

Briony Stewart is a writer and visual artist from Perth. Her first children's book, Kumiko and the Dragon , won an Aurealis award and was a CBCA notable book for 2008. Current title: Kumiko and the Dragon's Secret For Briony Stewart's session details plea ... more details

Carmel Bird
Home Comforts  Sat 5 March, 11am-12pm Peple Like Us? Sat 5 March, 2-3pm Writing the Story of your Life  Sun 6 March, 2-5pm On Grief Mon 7 March, 3.30-4.30pm

Carmel Bird is one of Australia’s most dazzling and imaginative fiction writers, and has published nine novels, three of which have been shortlisted for The Miles Franklin Award. She has edited many seven anthologies, including The Stolen Children - Their ... more details