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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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John Keane
The Democracy Debate  Sat 5 March, 8pm Vote 1 for the Biosphere  Sun 6 March, 3.30-4.30pm  

Born in South Australia and educated at The University of Adelaide, The University of Toronto and Cambridge University, John Keane is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB). In 1989 he founded the Ce ... more details

Cheryl Kickett-Tucker
Telling Our Own Stories with Cheryl Kickett-Tucker and Laura Dudgeon  Sun 6 March, 2.30-3.15pm Workshop with Cheryl Kickett-Tucker and Laura Dudgeon  Sun 6 March, 10-11am

Cheryl Kickett-Tucker belongs to three areas of the Noongar people — Wadjuk (Swan River), Balladong (Wheatbelt) and Yued (Moora). Cheryl’s story was inspired by the tales she tells her children, and also by the legends her mother has passed on to her. Cur ... more details

Ramona Koval
The Art of the Interview  Sun 6 March, 11am-12pm Meeting of Minds  Sun 6 March, 3.30-4.30pm

Ramona Koval's book Speaking Volumes: conversations with remarkable writers has been widely praised as a masterful collection of literary interviews. She presents The Book Show on ABC Radio National, heard weekdays across Australia, and podcast globally. ... more details

John Kinsella - CANCELLED
John Kinsella has withdrawn from the 2011 Perth Writers Festival.

John Kinsella has withdrawn from the 2011 Perth Writers Festival.  more details

Margo Lanagan
The Magic of Oz  Sat 5 March, 12.30-1.30pm Twisted Tales  Mon 7 March, 11am-12pm Zombies vs Unicorns with Margo Lanagan and Stephen Dedman   Sun 7 March, 12.30-1.15pm

Margo Lanagan was born in 1960 and spent her childhood in the Hunter Valley, her teens in Melbourne and her 20s travelling before settling in Sydney. Once she’d tried kitchen, sales and office work, she decided there had to be more to life and has been wo ... more details

Victoria Laurie
Protected Places  Mon 7 March, 12.30-1.30pm

Victoria Laurie is an award-winning journalist. Her career began in ABC radio and TV current affairs, followed by print journalism for The Bulletin , The Australian , Weekend Magazine and other publications. She has been a Walkley Award finalist three tim ... more details

Simone Lazaroo
Shared Readings  Sun 6 March, 5-6pm Cultural Conversations Mon 7 March, 11am-12pm

Simone Lazaroo was born in Singapore and migrated with her family to Western Australia in 1963. All three of her published novels have won the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award for Fiction. Her first novel, The World Waiting to be Made , also won th ... more details

Natasha Lester
People Like Us?  Sat 5 March, 2-3pm Reverberations From The Past  Mon 7 March, 9.30-10.30am On Grief Mon 7 March, 3.30-430pm

A few years ago, Natasha gave up her job as a marketing executive for Maybelline cosmetics to return to university and study Creative Writing. She then completed a Masters of Creative Arts along with first novel What is Left Over, After , which won the 20 ... more details

Yan Lianke
Letters From China  Sat 5 March, 3.30-4.30pm Fact or Fable  Sun 6 March, 3.30-4.30pm Truth Telling  Mon 7 March, 9.30-10.30am

One of China’s greatest living writers, Yan Lianke is the award-winning author of numerous novels and short story collections. He is currently under heavy scrutiny from the Chinese authorities and is a living and working example of the battle to maintain ... more details

Kate Lilley
Free Verse Sat 5 March, 3.30-4.30pm Selected Poems of Dorothy Hewett  Sun 6 March, 5-6pm

Kate Lilley was born in 1960 and grew up in Perth and Sydney. After completing her PhD on Masculine Elegy at the University of London, she spent four years as a Junior Research Fellow at Oxford University. Since 1990 she has taught feminist literary histo ... more details

Jeff Lindsay
Criminally Minded  Sat 5 March, 9.30-10.30am Dexter is Delicious  Sat 5 March, 6.30pm Gillo's Bookshelf: Walking the Line  Sun 6 March, 2-3pm

Jeff Lindsay is the author of the acclaimed Dexter novels, now adapted into an award-winning TV series. In addition, Jeff's plays have been performed on the stage in New York and London. Outside of his writing, Jeff is a musician and karate enthusiast. He ... 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

Ian Lowe
Minding the Planet Sat 5 March, 12.30-1.30pm Vote 1 For The Biosphere  Sun 6 March, 3.30-4.30pm Protected Places  Mon 7 March, 12.30-1.30pm The Griffith Review: Ways of Seeing  Mon 7 March, 3.30-4.30pm

Ian Lowe is President of the Australian Conservation Foundation and Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Griffith University in Brisbane. He has been a referee for the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change, attended the Geneva and ... more details

Melina Marchetta
Writing Fiction Sat 5 March, 10am-1pm Popular or Literary  Sun 6 March, 9.30-10.30am Sophisticated Fare  Sun 6 March, 12.30-1.30pm

Melina Marchetta's first novel, Looking for Alibrandi , swept the pool of literary awards for young adult fiction in 1993. In 2000, it was released as a major Australian film, winning an AFI award and an Independent Film Award for best screenplay. Melina ... 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

Roger McDonald
This is Australia  Sun 6 March, 2-3pm Shared Readings Sun 6 March, 5-6pm Men's Business  Mon 7 March, 2-3pm    

Roger McDonald began his working life as a teacher, ABC producer and book editor before writing poetry for several years and turning to fiction in his 30s. His first novel, 1915 , won The Age Book of the Year and was made into a highly successful eight-pa ... more details

Fiona McGregor
Through the Discomfort Zone Sat 5 March, 10am-1pm People Like Us? Sat 5 March, 2-3pm The Thrill of Transgressions  Sun 6 March, 12.30-1.30pm Hearts on Their Sleeves Mon 7 March, 12.30-1.30pm

Fiona McGregor is the author of four works of fiction: Au Pair , shortlisted for The Australian/Vogel Award; Suck My Toes , winner of the Steele Rudd Award; C hemical Palace , shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award; and most recently, Indelible ... more details

Les Murray
Word Play Sun 6 March, 3.30-4.30pm Taller When Prone  Mon 7 March, 12.30-1.30pm

Les Murray’s work is studied in schools and universities around Australia and has been translated into several languages. In 1996 he was awarded the TS Eliot Prize for poetry, in 1998 the Queen’s Gold Medal for poetry and in 2004 the Mondello Prize. His m ... more details