Writers Week Schools Day

Celebrate ideas, imagination and inquiring minds.

Take a closer look at the world in which we live and the stories we choose to tell about it at Perth Festival’s Writers Week Schools Day.

School children of all ages are invited to an ideas-packed day of in-depth discussions and hands-on workshops with some of the biggest names and most exciting emerging writing talents in Australia and from around the world.  At venues across the Perth Cultural Centre, we’re shining a spotlight on female writers and characters, the art of illustration and the many different ways we can tell a story.

Featuring Alan Hollinghurst, Tim Rogers, Sofie Laguna and Josephine Wilson Schools Day showcases the best international, national and local writers and illustrators. It’s an unmissable opportunity for students to hear, learn, and create.

Join us for a day when we truly celebrate ideas, imagination and inquiring minds.

Perth Festival’s Writers Week Schools Day is proudly supported by The McClements Foundation

Date: 26 Feb

Price: $7.50 per session, $18 for full day (three sessions)

Tickets available from 9am Wednesday 6 December.

Booking information

All bookings are to be submitted in writing to groups.perth@ticketek.com.au. Please note full details including session name, session time, number of students and number of teachers.

The capacity for all sessions is limited and bookings are subject to availability. All booking requests will be notified by Ticketek on the status of their booking and are not guaranteed until confirmed by Ticketek.

Schools are entitled to one free teacher ticket per ten student tickets booked. All tickets must be paid for in full by 10 February, 2018. Tickets will be posted once payment has been received.

Enquiries schools@perthfestival.com.au

Timetable Key

Primary Sessions
Secondary Sessions

9.40 – 10.30am

TAFE
Auditorium
State Theatre Centre
Rehearsal Room 1
Art Gallery of WA
Theatrette
PICA
Performance Space
State Theatre Centre
Alcove
Art Gallery of WA
Imagination Room
Art Gallery of WA
Education Studio
State Library of WA
Geographe Room

Steve Camden

STANDING UP FOR POETRY

Tamara Moss

LINTANG AND THE PIRATE QUEEN

Claire G Coleman and Catherine McKinnon

WHO ARE WE, AUSTRALIANS?

Sabrina Dudgeon

CYCLONES AND SHADOWS

Sofie Laguna and Josephine Wilson

WHAT MAKES A GOOD WRITER GOOD?

Matt Ottley

INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING THE HUMAN FIGURE

Dhwani Shah & Ragini Siruguri

MAKING A MURAL

STORY-WRITING LIVE!

11.10am – 12pm

TAFE
Auditorium
State Theatre Centre
Rehearsal Room 1

Art Gallery of WA
Theatrette

PICA
Performance Space

State Theatre Centre
Alcove

Art Gallery of WA
Imagination Room

Art Gallery of WA
Education Studio

State Library of WA
Geographe Room

Tim Rogers

THE STORIES WE TELL THROUGH MUSIC

Gabrielle Wang

MAGIC & MYSTERY IN THE FAR EAST

Heather Rose

THE ART OF WRITING ART

Davina Bell

WHERE DO AUTHORS GET IDEAS?

Josephine Wilson

CUL-DE-SACS AND DEAD-ENDS: A ROADMAP FOR WRITING

Matt Ottley

INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING THE HUMAN FIGURE

Dhwani Shah & Ragini Siruguri

MAKING A MURAL

STORY-WRITING LIVE!

12.40 – 1.30pm

TAFE
Auditorium

State Theatre Centre
Rehearsal Room 1

Art Gallery of WA
Theatrette

PICA
Performance Space

State Theatre Centre
Alcove
Art Gallery of WA
Imagination Room
Art Gallery of WA
Education Studio
State Library of WA
Geographe Room

Alan Hollinghurst

TRANSGRESSIVE IDENTITY

Steve Camden

CREATING CHARACTERS

William Yang

LIFE WRITING

Heather Rose

THE SECRET LIFE OF ANGELICA BANKS

Sofie Laguna

WRITING YOUR WAY

Matt Ottley

INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING THE HUMAN FIGURE

 

Dhwani Shah & Ragini Siruguri

MAKING A MURAL

STORY-WRITING LIVE!

Session Descriptions

Tamara Moss – Lintang and the Pirate Queen

Venue: Rehearsal Room 1, State Theatre Centre
Times: 9.40 – 10.30am
Audience: Upper primary

Unlock a treasure chest of ideas as Tamara Moss takes students on a swashbuckling adventure through the high seas, discovering mystery, mayhem and more than a few funny words along the way.

 

Sabrina Dudgeon – Cyclones and Shadows

Venue: Performance Space, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
Time: 9.40 – 10.30am
Audience: Primary

Sabrina Dudgeon reads from her collection of contemporary Indigenous stories for younger readers and explores the importance of telling stories.

 

Davina Bell – Where do authors get ideas?

Venue: Performance Space, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
Time: 11.10am – 12pm
Audience: Primary

Where do ideas come from? Join author Davina Bell in a playful adventure to transform the small kernels into the most beautiful stories.

 

Gabrielle Wang – Magic & Mystery in the Far East

Venue: Rehearsal Room 1, State Theatre Centre
Time: 11.10am – 12pm
Audience: Upper Primary

Gabrielle Wang takes you on a journey to China where the magical and mystical are not just things of the past, but something very real to be faced.

 

Steve Camden (aka Polarbear) – Creating Characters

Venue: Rehearsal Room 1, State Theatre Centre
Time: 12.40 – 1.30pm
Audience: Upper primary

Storyteller Steve Camden leads a fun and interactive session in which he talks about creating characters and learning to develop narrative voice.

 

Heather Rose – The Secret Life of Angelica Banks

Venue: Performance Space, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
Time: 12.40 – 1.30pm
Audience: Primary

Meet Angelica Banks, Heather Rose’s secret alter-ego, who is actually – wait for it – two people! Confused? Find out more in this fun and interactive session that explore sharing, cooperation and how two people write one story.

 

Dhwani Shah and Ragini Siruguri – Making a Mural

Venue: Education Studio, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Times: 9.40 – 10.30am; 11.10am – 12pm; 12.40 – 1.30pm
Audience: Primary

Help Dhwani Shah and Ragini Siruguri create a mural inspired by the book TWINS. Using colour and shape, students can add their own elements to this collaborative project and watch as it grows across the day!

 

Story-writing live!

Venue: Geographe Room, State Library of Western Australia
Times: 9.40 – 10.30am; 11.10am – 12pm; 12.40 – 1.30pm
Audience: Primary

Our chief storyteller will take students through the process of creating an amazing story, and then watch as the class’s collaborative story take shape before their eyes. Illustrated live, each student will take home their own copy of the published chapbook.

 

Steve Camden (aka Polarbear) – Standing up for poetry

Venue: Auditorium, Building 1, North Metropolitan TAFE
Time: 9.40 – 10.30am
Audience: Secondary

Steve Camden (aka Polarbear) leads students through the ins and outs, ups and downs of spoken-word poetry.

 

Claire G Coleman and Catherine McKinnon – Who are we, Australians?

Venue: Theatrette, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Time: 9.40 – 10.30am
Audience: Secondary

How does story shape who we are as Australians? Against McKinnon’s Storyland and Coleman’s Terra Nullius we ask why particular stories are created, the questions they seek to ask and answer, and what this means for Australian identity.

 

Sofie Laguna and Josephine Wilson – What makes a good writer good?

Venue: Alcove, State Theatre Centre
Time: 9.40 – 10.30pm
Audience: Secondary

Josephine Wilson and Sofie Laguna have both won the Miles Franklin Literary Award – Australia’s most esteemed literary prize. Here they consider what it means to be a great writer and what makes good writing good.

 

Alan Hollinghurst – Transgressive identity

Venue: Auditorium, Building 1, North Metropolitan TAFE
Time: 12.40 – 1.30pm
Audience: Upper secondary / WACE

Australia has just delivered a resounding yes to legalising same-sex marriage. Alan Hollinghurst – in his first visit to Perth – explores the idea of transgression, illicit love and its consequences.

 

Sofie Laguna – Writing your way

Venue: Alcove, State Theatre Centre
Time: 12.40 – 1.30pm
Audience: Secondary

Sofie Laguna has kept a diary since she was seven years old when her Polish grandmother bought her a blank book as a gift. Explore how writing about yourself functions as both personal and creative outlet and the role it plays in writing strong characters.

 

Matt Ottley – Illustration masterclass

Venue: Imagination room, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Time: 9.40 – 10.30am; 11.10am – 12pm; 12.40 – 1.30pm
Audience: Secondary

Matt Ottley is one of Australia’s most popular children’s book illustrators having published over 25 picture books. Join him for a hands-on illustration workshop, where students will learn some tricks of the trade.

 

Tim Rogers – The stories we tell through music

Venue: Auditorium, Building 1, North Metropolitan TAFE
Time: 11.10am – 12pm
Audience: Upper secondary / WACE

Tim Rogers is a weaver of stories – on the stage, in books and especially in music. Join him in a conversation about the importance of music in shaping his own story.

 

Heather Rose – The Art of Writing Art

Venue: Theatrette, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Time: 11.10am – 12pm
Audience: Secondary

As Writer in Residence at the Museum of Old and New Art (MoNA), Heather did much of the research for The Museum of Modern Love. Here she discusses how she writes about art and how art influences her writing.

 

Josephine Wilson – Cul-de-sacs and dead-ends: a roadmap for writing

Venue: Alcove, State Theatre Centre
Time: 11.10am – 12pm
Audience: Secondary

There is no one way of being a writer. Josephine Wilson’s creative pathways are not a straight line and are full of digressions. Travel with her through the red, green and amber lights of her writing experience.

 

William Yang – Life writing

Venue: Theatrette, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Time: 12.40 – 1.30pm
Audience: Upper secondary / WACE

William Yang began performing monologues with slide projections in theatres in 1989, integrating his skills as a writer and a visual artist. This session explores his work in storytelling and life-writing through performance and photography.