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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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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

Ken Crispin
Trial By Media Sat 5 March, 2-3pm The Democracy Debate Sat 5 March, 8pm Truth and Lies Mon 7 March, 5-6pm

Ken Crispin commenced practice as a Sydney barrister in 1973. He moved to Canberra in 1979, where he appeared for a number of high-profile defendants, including Lindy and Michael Chamberlain. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1988, was appointed Director of ... more details

Stephen Daisley
Nightmares of War Sat 5 March, 3.30-4.30pm Setting it Up Mon 7 March, 12.30-1.30pm On Grief Mon 7 March, 3.30-4.30pm  

Stephen Daisley grew up in the remote parts of the central North Island of New Zealand before joining the New Zealand Army to serve in an infantry battalion for five years. After travelling overseas and working variously on cattle stations and constructio ... more details

Toby Davidson
Collected Poems of Francis Webb Mon 7 March, 5-6pm

Toby Davidson is a lecturer and Australian poetry researcher at the Department of English, Macquarie University, Sydney. His PhD thesis Born of Fire, Possessed by Darkness: Mysticism and Australian Poetry will be published by Cambria Press (New York) in 2 ... more details

Gregory Day
Inspired by Nature Sat 5 March, 9.30-10.30am Eccentric Characters Sat 5 March, 5-6pm Setting it Up Mon 7 March, 12.30-1.30pm

Gregory Day is a writer, poet and musician whose debut novel, The Patron Saint of Eels , won the prestigious Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 2006. His CDs include The Black Tower: Songs from the Poetry of WB Yeats , which was hailed as one of ... more details

Robert Drewe - CANCELLED
Sand Sat 5 March, 12.30-1.30pm Indigo Launch Sat 5 March, 8-9pm Reel Time Mon 7 March, 11am-12pm  

Unfortunately, due to ill health, Robert Drewe is no longer attending the Perth Writers Festival. The sessions he was to be involved in will still go ahead. more details

Stephen Dedman
Zombies vs Unicorns with Margo Lanagan and Stephen Dedman Sun 6 March, 12.30-1.15pm

Stephen Dedman is the author of novels The Art of Arrow Cutting , Shadows Bite and A fistful of Data and more than 120 short stories published in an eclectic range of magazines and anthologies. Stephen grew up (though many would dispute this) in Koongamia ... more details

Laura Dudgeon
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

Laura Dudgeon was born in Darwin in 1993. She is descended from the Beniol Bardi people from north of Broome. Laura plans to start a degree in journalism. Lilli and her Shadow is based on her own experience of moving to a new house, which she wr ... more details

Ursula Dubosarsky
Writing for Children Sat 5 March, 10am-1pm Word Play Sun 6 March, 3.30-4.30pm The Return of the Wordspy with Ursula Dubosarsky Sun 6 March, 9.30-10.15am  

Ursula Dubosarsky is the author of more than 20 books for children and young adults and has won several national literary prizes, including the NSW and Victorian Premier's Awards for Theodora’s Gift and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and the NSW ... more details

Anthony Eaton
The Magic of Oz Sat 5 March, 12.30-1.30pm Fantastic Ideas Sat 5 March, 2-5pm Talking Families with Anthony Eaton Sun 6 March, 10.30-11.15am

Anthony Eaton was born in Papua New Guinea in 1972 and moved to the Perth Hills with his family at a young age. After attending university in Perth, he worked as a Literature and Drama teacher at Trinity College for eight years. In 2000, his first novel, ... more details

Colleen Egan
Trial by Media  Sat 5 March, 2-3pm Behind the Police Tape  Mon 7 March, 2-3pm  

Colleen Egan is a Walkley Award-winning Perth journalist who has worked over the years for The West Australian , The Sunday Times and The Australian . She played a pivotal role in the acquittal of Andrew Mallard, who was falsely imprisoned for the murder ... more details

Ron Elliott
Screenwriting Sat 5 March, 2-5pm This is Australia  Sun 6 March, 2-3pm Reel Time  Mon 7 March, 11am-12pm

Ron Elliott is a scriptwriter, director and academic. He has written for Home and Away , Bush Patrol , Ship to Shore and many more children’s television series, and his directorial credits include feature film Justice . Ron is currently a lecturer in Film ... more details

Will Elliott
Fantasy Affairs Sat 5 March, 9.30-10.30am The Magic of Oz  Sat 5 March, 12.30-1.30pm

Will Elliott is the author of The Pilo Family Circus , which won five literary awards, including the Golden Aurealis. He was named one of The Sydney Morning Herald ′s Best Young Novelists, and his works have been published in the UK, US, Germany, Italy an ... more details