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Sunday Sessions
Sun 6 March 2011

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9.30-10am - 11am-12pm - 12.30-1.30pm - 2-3pm
3.30-4.30pm - 5-6pm - 6.30-7pm - 8-9pm

9:30-10:30am
Octagon Theatre
ANIMAGICA
Lotte Reiniger is one of the greatest creators in animation history. Inspired by Chinese silhouette puppetry, she made 60 beautiful and mesmerising films, 40 of which still survive today. These delicately wrought black and white marvels revolutionised the film industry in the 1920s-1940s and brought timeless faerie tales to life for children and adults to enjoy like never before.

As a special treat for the Perth Writers Festival, three members of Icelandic group Amiina create a delicate and ethereal score for Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. Well known for their work with Sigur Rós, Amiina utilise an assortment of instruments – including violin, glassophone, musical saw and water-filled glasses - to evoke magical soundscapes of wonder and possibility.
The University Club Theatre THE DEATH OF PRINT
The whole literary landscape has been altered by the internet and the death of the book is constantly being proclaimed. What is the future of books and reading? Will e-books change the way the publishing industry works? Lev Grossman, Geordie Williamson, Angela Meyer and James Bradley weigh into the debate.
Dolphin Theatre
TILL DEATH DO US PART
Adam Ross and Anjali Joseph are debut novelists generating a huge amount of buzz. Their novels explore, in very different ways, the institution of marriage and the idea of selfhood. They talk to Sarah Schadlow about their writing.
The University Club Banquet Hall
POPULAR OR LITERARY
People have very strong opinions on their differences, but what exactly is the distinction between popular and literary fiction? Toni Jordan, Sophie Gee and Melina Marchetta consider where the line can be drawn. Chair: Rachel Robertson.

11am-12pm
Octagon Theatre
ANIMAGICA
Lotte Reiniger is one of the greatest creators in animation history. Inspired by Chinese silhouette puppetry, she made 60 beautiful and mesmerising films, 40 of which still survive today. These delicately wrought black and white marvels revolutionised the film industry in the 1920s-1940s and brought timeless faerie tales to life for children and adults to enjoy like never before.

As a special treat for the Perth Writers Festival, three members of Icelandic group Amiina create a delicate and ethereal score for Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. Well known for their work with Sigur Rós, Amiina utilise an assortment of instruments – including violin, glassophone, musical saw and water-filled glasses - to evoke magical soundscapes of wonder and possibility.
The University Club Theatre THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW
Ramona Koval is host of ABC Radio National’s The Book Show. Her new book revisits scores of interviews she has done with some of the greatest writers of our time. One-time interviewee Andrew O’Hagan sees if she can give as good as she gets.
Dolphin Theatre
VISUAL NARRATIVES
Curators Angus Trumble and Hetti Perkins are drawn to the visual. From paintings inspired by remote landscapes of Arnhem Land to the lush palazzos of the Renaissance, they talk about the works they love and the impact art has had on their lives. Chair: William Yeoman.
The University Club Banquet Hall
READER RAPPORT
How a reader is either distanced from or identifies with certain characters is central to how they engage with a book. Jon Bauer, Richard Lloyd Parry and Chris Womersley consider whether creating empathy is essential to keeping readers interested. Chair: Stephen Romei.

12.30-1.30pm
Octagon Theatre
ANIMAGICA
Lotte Reiniger is one of the greatest creators in animation history. Inspired by Chinese silhouette puppetry, she made 60 beautiful and mesmerising films, 40 of which still survive today. These delicately wrought black and white marvels revolutionised the film industry in the 1920s-1940s and brought timeless faerie tales to life for children and adults to enjoy like never before.

As a special treat for the Perth Writers Festival, three members of Icelandic group Amiina create a delicate and ethereal score for Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. Well known for their work with Sigur Rós, Amiina utilise an assortment of instruments – including violin, glassophone, musical saw and water-filled glasses - to evoke magical soundscapes of wonder and possibility.
The University Club Theatre SEEING STARS
British poet and novelist Simon Armitage is one of the most popular and widely known poets of his generation. Seeing Stars, his latest collection, is a wildly inventive and hyper-vivid array of dramatic monologues, allegories, parables and tall tales. Chair: Geordie Williamson.
Dolphin Theatre
THE THRILL OF TRANSGRESSIONS
Fiona McGregor’s Indelible Ink and Kate Holden’s The Romantic are stories of change and discovery. Their female protagonists skirt conventional boundaries in their exploration of self. They talk to Donna Ward about pushing the limits.
The University Club Banquet Hall
SOPHISTICATED FARE
Writing for young adults has never been so good, with sophisticated concepts and multi-dimensional characters. The novels of Bernard Beckett and Melina Marchetta appeal to both teens and adults. They discuss writing for a transitional age.

2-3pm
Octagon Theatre
GILLO'S BOOKSHELF: WALKING THE LINE (720 ABC Perth Book Club Event)
Jeff Lindsay (Dexter series) and Joanne Harris (Chocolat, Blueeyedboy) explore our attraction to the dark side. Is writing about bad guys more fun than writing about good guys? Hosted by 720 ABC Perth’s Gillian O’Shaughnessy.
The University Club Theatre WHY WE LIE
From everyday fibs to grand-scale public deception, renowned psychologist Dorothy Rowe explores the reasons we lie and constructions of truth in her new book. She speaks to crime writer and psychologist Leah Giarratano.
Dolphin Theatre
THIS IS AUSTRALIA
The new novels of Kim Scott, Ron Elliott and Roger McDonald all feature very different Australian stories, using the distinctive landscapes and characters of the nation to explore a variety of themes. They talk to Rosemary Sayer about their writing.
The University Club Banquet Hall
PUBLIC VS PRIVATE
With any biography, memoir or fictional story borrowing from truth there comes a point at which the author faces a question of ethics – what to tell and what to leave out. Rodney Hall, Peter Rose and Hazel Rowley consider the decisions they’ve made in writing their books.

3.30-4.30pm
Octagon Theatre
MEETING OF MINDS
Ramona Koval and Phillip Adams have met and talked with some of literature’s most fascinating minds. They consider why we want to hear from the writers we love and what it is that compels us to find out more about their lives and ideas. Chair: Mark Naglazas.
The University Club Theatre VOTE 1 FOR THE BIOSPHERE
How can we make the changes necessary to tackle climate change in a democracy? What about the planet’s other creatures and plants? Can we give them a voice and, if so, how? Or is democracy inadequate for dealing with environmental catastrophe? Ian Lowe and John Keane tackle the issue with Senator Scott Ludlam.
Dolphin Theatre
WORD PLAY
Working across poetry, fiction and children’s books, Les Murray, Mark Tredinnick and Ursula Dubosarsky are wordsmiths fascinated by language. They discuss their curiosity about words with Donna Ward.
The University Club Banquet Hall
FACT OR FABLE
Sometimes the only way to tell a true story is by fictionalising it. Yan Lianke and Caroline Overington are two authors finding freedom in fiction to explore issues that would otherwise be off limits. They talk about the benefits and limitations of fiction as a vehicle for truth. Chair: Stephen Scourfield.

5-6pm
The University Club Theatre NIGHT OF THE GOLDEN BUTTERFLY
Tariq Ali’s final novel in the Islam Quintet completes an epic panorama that began in 15th-century Moorish Spain. Moving between the cities of the 21st century, from Lahore to London, from Paris to Beijing, this novel reveals Ali in full flight, at once imaginative and intelligent, satirical and stimulating. Chair: Geordie Williamson.
Dolphin Theatre
SHARED READINGS
Simone Lazaroo, Ian Reid, Rodney Hall and Roger McDonald give voice to their beautiful new books. Chair: Dennis Haskell.
The University Club Banquet Hall
SELECTED POEMS OF DOROTHY HEWETT (BOOK LAUNCH)
Dorothy Hewett is one of Australia’s best known poets. In the first retrospective volume of her work since her death in 2002, her daughter Kate Lilley presents a selection of Hewett’s poetry written over a period of 60 years, finding surprising new angles and resonances. Chair: Terri-ann White.

6.30-7.30pm
Octagon Theatre
THRILLING NEW TASTES
Joanne Harris, the bestselling author of Chocolat, has crafted a dark and intricately plotted new thriller in Blueeyedboy. Told through posts on an internet site, this is the tale of a poisonously dysfunctional family, a blind child prodigy and a serial killer who is not who he seems. Chair: Geraldine Mellet.
Sunken Garden DEXTER ISLAND DESIRES (BOOK CLUB EVENT)
Do you have a favourite book that has stood the test of time? We’ve asked three of our Festival guests – Toni Jordan, Sophie Gee and Brenda Walker – to share their dog-eared favourites and what makes them so special. Bring your book club and join the discussion. Chair: Angela Meyer.
Winthrop Hall AN EVENING WITH ANNIE PROULX
In novels such as The Shipping News, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx has explored the relationships of offbeat characters with a wide and often wild landscape. Bird Cloud, her first non-fiction work in 20 years, documents her relationship with the land and its inhabitants as she buys a farm in Wyoming and sets about building a home. Join her in conversation with ABC Radio National's Ramona Koval.

8-9pm
Octagon Theatre
AN EVENING WITH ARMISTEAD MAUPIN
Get set for a fascinating interview with one of America's most beloved and charismatic authors as he reflects on society, life and his work, including the latest addition to his Tales of the City series, Mary Ann in Autumn. Chair: Geoff Hutchison.
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