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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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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

Suzanne Falkiner
Inspired by Nature  Sat 5 March, 9.30-10.30am The Hard Yards  Mon 7 March, 2-3pm

Suzanne Falkiner has worked in various book and magazine publishing jobs and has a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney. Her books include Rain in the Distance (1986), After the Great Novelist & Other Stories (1989), Th ... more details

Tim Flannery
Here on Earth  Thur 3 March, 7pm Truth and Fiction  Fri 4 March, 7pm Science is the New Art  Sat 5 March, 9.30am

Born in Melbourne in 1956, Tim Flannery is a writer, scientist and explorer. He has written many award-winning books including The Future Eaters , Throwim Way Leg and Country . In 2005, The Weather Makers was published and became an international bestsell ... more details

Sandy Fussell - CANCELLED
Starting Early  Mon 7 March, 9.30-10.30am Time Travelling with Sandy Fussell  Sun 6 March, 11.30am-12.15pm Workshop with Sandy Fussell  Sun 6 March, 2.30-3.30pm

Unfortunately, due to ill health, Sandy Fussell is unable to make the 2011 Perth Writers Festival. We will be announcing a replacement author as soon as possible. Please check back for updates.  more details

Raimond Gaita
Truth and Fiction  Fri 4 March, 7pm Gaza: Zionism and Anti-Zionism  Sat 5 March, 2-3pm Hearts on Their Sleeves  Mon 7 March, 12.30-1.30pm

Born in Germany, Raimond Gaita came to Australia with his parents at age four. He is now Foundation Professor of Philosophy at ACU National and Professor of Moral Philosophy at King's College London. He is perhaps best known to the general reader as the a ... more details

Damon Galgut
Truth and Fiction  Fri 4 March, 7pm In a Strange Room Sat 5 March, 11am-12pm Literary Postcards  Mon 7 March, 9.30-10.30am

Damon Galgut was born in Pretoria in 1963. He wrote his first novel, A Sinless Season , when he was 17, with several others to follow. His most famed to date, The Good Doctor , was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and ... more details

Sophie Gee
Masterclass Sat 5 March, 12.30-1.30pm Popular or Literary Sun 6 March, 9.30-10.30am How does Jane Austen do it?  Sun 6 March, 2-5pm Desert Island Desires  Sun 6 March, 6.30-7.30pm

Sophie Gee was born in Sydney in 1974 and grew up in Paddington. She graduated from the University of Sydney with first-class Honors in English and won a scholarship to Harvard, where she did a PhD in English Literature. She currently lives in Brookl ... more details

Leah Giarratano
Criminally Minded Sat 5 March, 9.30-10.30am All in a Day's Work  Sat 5 March, 3.30-4.30pm Writing Nasty Villains  Sun 6 March, 10am-1pm Why We Lie  Sun 6 March, 2-3pm  

Dr Leah Giarratano has had a long career as a clinical psychologist. She has worked in psychiatric hospitals, with the defence force and in the corrections system with offenders who suffer severe personality disorders. In 2009, Leah began her television c ... more details

Lyndall Gordon
Truth and Fiction Fri 4 March, 7pm Lives Like Loaded Guns Sat 5 March, 11am-12pm Getting Inside Their Heads Sat 5 March, 2-3pm

Lyndall Gordon grew up in Cape Town where she studied History and English before relocating to New York to study 19th-century American Literature at Columbia. For many years she was a tutor and lecturer in English at Oxford, where she is now Senior Resear ... more details

Lev Grossman
Fantasy Affairs  Sat 5 March, 9.30-10.30am The Death of Print  Sun 6 March, 9.30-10.30am Twisted Tales Mon 7 March, 10am-12pm

The son of two English professors, Lev Grossman grew up in Boston, studied literature at Harvard and spent three years doing his PhD at Yale before realising a career in Comparative Literature was not for him. So, he set about becoming a journalist and is ... more details

Rodney Hall
Breaking the Mould Sat 5 March, 11am-12pm Giving Voice to Memories  Sat 5 March, 2-3pm Public vs Private  Sun 6 March, 2-3pm Shared Readings  Sun 6 March, 5-6pm

Rodney Hall was born in Warwickshire, England. He came to Australia as a child and, as a result of the enchantment of embarking on that six-week voyage by sea, suffers from a lifelong addiction to travel. After leaving school in Brisbane at 16, he wo ... more details

Joanne Harris
Feast of Words  Sat 5 March, 6.30-10.30pm Gillo's Bookshelf: Walking the Line  Sun 6 March, 2-3pm Thrilling New Tastes Sun 6 March, 6.30pm

Joanne Harris is the bestselling author of Chocolat (later made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp), as well as several other internationally-recognised novels. She was born in Barnsley in 1964 to a French mothe ... more details

Kate Holden
Giving Voice to Memories  Sat 5 March, 2-3pm The Thrill of Transgressions  Sun 6 March, 12.30-1.30pm Literary Postcards  Mon 7 March, 9.30-10.30am

Kate Holden completed an Honours Degree in Classics and Literature at the University of Melbourne and gained her Masters of Creative Arts from RMIT. Her first book, In My Skin , is a memoir about her years as a heroin addict and prostitute. It was release ... 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

Gail Jones
Westerly Randolph Stow Tribute  Sat 5 March, 5-6pm Reverberations from the Past Mon 7 March, 9.30-10.30am Five Bells  Mon 7 March, 5-6pm

Originally from Harvey, Western Australia, Gail Jones is the author of two short-story collections, a critical monograph and novels Black Mirror , Sixty Lights , Dreams of Speaking and Sorry . She has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award three ti ... more details

Toni Jordan
Eccentric Characters Sat 5 March, 5-6pm Popular or Literary  Sun 6 March, 9.30-10.30am Desert Island Desires  Sun 6 March, 6.30-7.30pm  

Born in Brisbane, Toni Jordan has a BSc in Physiology from the University of Queensland and qualifications in marketing and professional writing. Her debut novel, Addition , was published in 2008 to critical acclaim. Toni lives in Melbourne, where she wor ... 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

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