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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.

To browse the program, click a day below to be taken to a list of sessions on that day. If you know the author you want to see, click on their name below for a list of sessions they will be attending. You can also use the search feature on the left hand side of this page.

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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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Saturday Sessions
Sat 5 March 2011

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Sunday Sessions
Sun 6 March 2011

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Monday Sessions
Mon 7 March 2011

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Fri 4-Sun 13 March 2011

Take part in hands-on workshops with your favourite authors. more details

Festival Highlights
Thur 3-Mon 7 March 2011

We've hand-picked a selection of must-see events for you at this year's Festival. Many are FREE, with ticketed events starting at only $12.50 more details

Philip Adams
Backstage Politics Sat 5 March, 5pm Meeting of Minds Sun 6 March, 3.30-4.30pm

It's nudging 60 years since Phillip Adams' byline first appeared in an Australian newspaper. As an atheist and contrarian, he's been annoying people ever since. Gough Whitlam calls him 'Australia's most perceptive social critic'. Robert Manne says he's 'p ... more details

Tariq Ali
The Democracy Debate  Sat 5 March, 8pm Night of the Golden Butterfly Sun 6 March, 5-6pm The Obama Syndrome Mon 7 March, 3.30pm

Writer and filmmaker Tariq Ali has written seven novels and over 20 books on world history and politics (including The Clash of Fundamentalisms , Bush in Babylon , Pirates of the Caribbean and The Duel ). He has also penned a number of plays for stage and ... more details

Simon Armitage
Feast of Words Sat 5 March, 6.30-10.30pm Seeing Stars  Sun 6 March, 12.30-1.30pm Confounding Expectations Mon 7 March, 11am-12pm Collected Poems of Francis Webb Mon 7 March, 5-6pm

Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire in 1963. He received one of the first Forward Prizes in 1992 and a year later was named Young Writer of the Year by The Sunday Times . He works as a freelance writer, broadcaster and playwright and has written ext ... more details

Wayne Ashton
From the Book to the Easel Sat 5 March, 11am-12pm Elsewhere  Mon 7 March, 5-6pm  

Wayne Ashton was born to British and Pakistani parents in Karachi and was brought up in many corners of the world. His work spans painting, ink drawings and fiction. As well as writing the highly acclaimed novel Under a Tin-Grey Sari and new work Equator ... more details

Jon Bauer
Getting Out of Your Own Way Sat 5 March, 2-5pm Reader Rapport Sun 6 March, 11am-12pm Reverberations From The Past Mon 7 March, 9.30-10.30am

Originally from Surrey, England, Jon Bauer was recently granted permanent residency in Australia under a Distinguished Talent Visa. He is the author of several short stories and plays for stage and radio and has had work published in The Daily Telegraph a ... 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

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

Ron Brooks
From the Book to the Easel Sat 5 March, 11am-12pm Giving Voice to Memories Sat 5 March, 2-3pm The Art of Illustration with Ron Brooks Sun 6 March, 11.30am-12.15pm  

Ron Brooks grew up in East Gippsland, a country boy with a yen for observing and drawing the life around him. In the 1980s he became an acknowledged master of the picture-book form, winning acclaim both nationally and internationally for classics such as ... more details

James Bradley
Inspired by Nature Sat 5 March, 9.30-10.30am The Death of Print Sun 6 March, 9.30-10.30am Capturing the World in Words Mon 7 March, 2-3pm  

James Bradley is the author of three novels, Wrack , The Deep Field and The Resurrectionist , and a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus . His books have won or been shortlisted for a number of major Australian and international literary awards and have been wi ... more details

Cristy Burne
Secrets of Survival with Cristy Burne Sun 6 March, 1.30-2.15pm  

Cristy Burne has joint New Zealand and Australian citizenship, has travelled widely and lived for several years in Japan as a teacher and editor. It was during this time that she became fascinated with Japanese folklore and the supernatural yokai (demons) ... more details

Gabrielle Carey
Westerly Randolph Stow Tribute Sat 5 March, 5-6pm

Gabrielle Carey published Puberty Blues at the age of 20. She is the author of fiction and non-fiction books, including In My Father’s House , The Borrowed Girl and The Waiting Room . Current title: The Waiting Room For Gabrielle Carey's session details p ... more details

Pat Conroy

CANCELLED: Pat Conroy will no longer be appearing at the Perth Writers Festival.  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