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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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We've put together a list of suggested reading for the 2011 Perth Writers Festival - check out the lists here!
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Kirsten Tranter
Masterclass Sat 5 March, 12.30-1.30pm The Master: Henry James  Sat 5 March, 6.30-7.30pm Setting It Up  Mon 7 March, 12.30-1.30pm

Kirsten Tranter grew up in Sydney and lived in New York from 1998 to 2006, where she completed a PhD on English Renaissance literature at Rutgers University. She has published fiction, poetry and literary criticism. The Legacy is her first novel. Current ... more details

Mark Tredinnick
Inspired by Nature  Sat 6 March, 9.30-10.30am Indigo Launch Sat 5 March, 8-9pm Word Play Sun 6 March, 3.30-4.30pm

Mark Tredinnick is an award-winning poet and essayist. He lives in the highlands southwest of Sydney, Australia. As well as The Blue Plateau: A Landscape Memoir – which won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister ... 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

Maria Tumarkin
Writing Memoir Sun 6 March, 10am-1pm Literary Postcards  Mon 7 March, 9.30-10.30am Hearts on Their Sleeves  Mon 7 March, 12.30-1.30pm

Maria Tumarkin was born in 1974 in the former Soviet Union in a Russian Jewish family, which in 1989 immigrated to Australia. Maria has published three books, Traumascapes (2005), Courage (2007) and most recently Otherland in April 2010. Otherland was sho ... 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

David Whish-Wilson
Crime Writing  Sat 5 March, 10am-1pm All in a Day's Work Sat 5 March, 3.30-4.30pm Behind the Police Tape  Mon 7 March, 2-3pm

David Whish-Wilson was born in Newcastle, NSW but raised in Singapore, Victoria and WA. He left Australia in his teens to travel for ten years in Europe, Africa and Asia. David has taught in the prison system in both WA and Fiji, where he started the coun ... more details

Sue Whiting
Starting Early  Mon 6 March, 9.30-10.30am It's all in the telling with Sue Whiting  Sun 5 March, 11.30am-12.15pm Workshop with Sue Whiting  Sun 5 March, 2.30-3.30pm

Sue Whiting started her working life as a primary school teacher with a special interest in literacy education and children’s literature. One school holiday, Sue put on a dinosaur costume and went to work as a storyteller. It was then she realised that te ... more details

Chris Womersley
Nightmares of War Sat 5 March, 3.30-4.30pm Reader Rapport  Sun 6 March, 11am-12pm Men's Business  Mon 7 March, 2-3pm

Chris Womersley’s debut novel, The Low Road , won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Book in 2008. His fiction and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Granta New Writing 14 , Best Australian Stories 2006 , The Monthly and ... more details

Suggested reading for 2011
All year round!

We've put together lists of suggested reading from our authors, including a Top 10 of our favourites more details