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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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Malla Nunn
All in a Day's Work  Sat 5 March, 3.30-4.30pm Reel Time Mon 7 March, 11am-12pm More Than Crime Mon 7 March, 3.30-4.30pm

Malla Nunn grew up in Swaziland before moving with her parents to Perth in the 1970s. She attended university in Western Australia and then the USA. In New York, she worked on film sets, wrote her first screenplay and met her American husband-to-be before ... 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

Wendy Orr
Raven's Mountain with Wendy Orr Sun 6 March, 9.30-10.15am Workshop with Wendy Orr  Sun 6 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Starting Early Mon 7 March, 9.30-10.30am

Wendy Orr grew up in Canada, France and the USA. In 1993, she resigned from her position as an occupational therapist to become a full-time writer, and an hour later heard that her novel Leaving It To You had been shortlisted in the Children’s Book Counci ... more details

Melanie Ostell
Fiction Workshop Sat 5 March, 2-5pm Selling the story (non-fiction) Sun 6 March, 2-5pm

Melanie Ostell spent more than 10 years at Text Publishing as senior editor and worked with many award-winning writers including Tim Flannery , J.M. Coetzee, Kate Grenville and Lloyd Jones. She left Text in 2007 to freelance, teach and consult. In 20 ... more details

Caroline Overington
Fact or Fable Sun 6 March, 3.30-4.30pm Hooked Mon 7 March, 3.30-4.30pm

Caroline Overington is a two-time Walkley Award-winning journalist who is currently a senior writer and columnist with The Australian . She is the author of two non-fiction books, Only in New York and Kickback , which is about the UN oil-for-food scandal ... more details

Richard Lloyd Parry
People Who Eat Darkness  Sat 5 March, 9.30-10.30am Trial By Media  Sat 5 March, 2-3pm Reader Rapport   Sun 6 March, 11am-12pm Hooked  Mon 7 March, 3.30-4.30pm

Richard Lloyd Parry has lived and worked in Tokyo since 1995, first as a foreign correspondent for The Independent and now as Asia Editor of The Times (London).  He has reported from 21 countries and covered several wars, including Iraq and Afghanist ... more details

Hetti Perkins
Home Comforts  Sat 5 March, 11am-12pm Visual Narratives  Sun 6 March, 11am-12pm

Hetti Perkins is a member of the Eastern Arrernte and Kalkadoon Aboriginal communities. She is the Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and has curated major survey exhibitions of Indigenous art ... 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

Ian Reid
Shared Readings Sun 6 March, 5-6pm Elsewhere Mon 7 March, 5-6pm

In his long career as an academic, Ian Reid has written seven full-length non-fiction works, mainly on literary and historical topics (some of which have been translated into Asian and European languages). He is the editor of numerous books and periodical ... more details

Peter Rose
The Master: Henry James  Sat 5 March, 6.30-7.30pm Public vs Private Sun 6 March, 2-3pm

Peter Rose, a poet, memoirist and novelist, is the Editor of the Australian Book Review and former Publisher at Oxford University Press, Melbourne. Peter’s memoir, Rose Boys , won the National Biography Award in 2002. Recent books include Rattus Rattus: N ... more details

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

Dorothy Rowe
Minding the Planet  Sat 5 March, 12.30-1.30pm Why We Lie  Sun 6 March, 2-3pm Truth and Lies  Mon 7 March, 5-6pm

Dorothy Rowe worked as a teacher and child psychologist in Australia, then took her PhD at Sheffield University. From 1972 until 1986 she was head of the North Lincolnshire Department of Clinical Psychology. She is now engaged in writing, lecturing and re ... more details

Hazel Rowley - CANCELLED
No Sessions

The Perth Writers Festival is sorry to learn of the passing of acclaimed author Hazel Rowley. Rowley was to have been a guest at the Festival this weekend but was forced to cancel due to serious illness. Her publisher Melbourne University Press announced ... more details

Stephen Scourfield
Capturing the World in Words  Mon 7 March, 2-3pm

Stephen Scourfield is the author of fiction and non-fiction books, including Connected , which follows themes that form the basis of association and belief. His novel Other Country , published in Australia by Allen and Unwin, was the fiction winner in the ... 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

Kim Scott
This is Australia  Sun 6 March, 2-3pm Cultural Conversations Mon 7 March, 11am-12pm

Kim Scott was born in 1957 and grew up on the south coast of Western Australia. He began writing professionally when he was an English teacher and his first novel, True Country , was published in 1993. His second, Benang: From the Heart , won the 2000 Mil ... more details

Miguel Syjuco
Truth and Fiction  Fri 4 March, 7pm Breaking the Mould Sat 5 March, 11am-12pm New Voices, Old Lands  Sat 5 March, 5-6pm

Miguel Syjuco was born in Manila, lived for a decade in Canada, spent three years in Adelaide completing his PhD in Creative Writing and now works as an editor at The Gazette in Montreal. His novel Ilustrado won the largest literary prize in the Philippin ... more details

John Tranter
Free Verse  Sat 5 March, 3.30-4.30pm Confounding Expectations Mon 7 March, 11am-12pm

John Tranter is an internationally renowned poet. His many volumes of poetry include Under Berlin , which won the Grace Leven Prize, and At the Florida . He edited the controversial anthology The New Australian Poetry and co-edited The Penguin Book of Mod ... more details