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Perth Writers Festival Closing Address now available online

Scottish Novelist, essayist and critic Andrew O’Hagan gave a stirring speech to close the Perth Writers Festival. Exploring  'west' and 'westernness'. O’Hagan’s scope takes in the influences that have captured his imagination, from John Wayne to the poetry of TS Eliot and Robbie Burns. He considers the worst of western imperialism and the protest movements in Egypt and Libya. O’Hagan challenges us in Western Australia to find new ways of being “western” that encompasses our unique geographical and cultural place in the world.
Read it all here.