Readings, conversations, fun family activities and literary adventures out and about.
Story is at the heart of what connects us and we’re celebrating this with a full week of literary events at this year’s Writers Week.
Words and ideas will swirl like a hurricane around The University Club of Western Australia as our new hub for writers, storytellers, musicians, artists and theatre makers from around the globe.
We’re also taking our love of language out and about, including to the streets, libraries, bars and writers’ centres of Perth and beyond.
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Perth Festival Writers Week 19 – 25 February.
TIM WINTON • KIM SCOTT • HELEN GARNER • WILLIAM YANG • GRAEME SIMSION • LOUISE PENNY • ROBERT DREWE • ALAN HOLLINGHURST • MAGGIE BEER • ALEX MILLER • SOFIE LAGUNA • ROBERT DESSAIX • MICHELLE DE KRETSER • AC GRAYLING • CORY DOCTOROW • DI MORRISSEY • STEVEN CAMDEN AKA POLAR BEAR • JOSEPHINE WILSON • RACHAEL JOHNS • STEVE BISLEY • ANNE BUIST • CHRIS WOMERSLEY • MANAL AL-SHARIF • FLEUR MCDONALD • CRISTY BURNE • SARAH WINMAN • TEX PERKINS • DAVE WARNER AND MANY MORE …
We have heaps of FREE fun sessions and activities for kids, and their mums and dads, running across the entire Writers Week weekend.
The new family lounge upstairs at The University Club of Western Australia features a library and an activities and storytelling area, while Paper Bird’s Kombi van on the lawn outside celebrates children’s literature and art. Across at the Octagon Theatre, popular author and illustrator Matt Ottley presents The Sound of Picture Books with members of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Artists Dhwani Shah and Ragini Siruguri have come all the way from India to help kids create a spectacular mural based on their amazing activities book, Twins. The Book Doctor and Curated by Kids are back too. But best of all is Story Land, a series of storytelling sessions in intimate venues featuring some of Australia’s best children’s authors and illustrators, like Gabrielle Wang, Deb Fitzpatrick, Yasmin Hamid, Tamara Moss, Sabrina Dudgeon, Cristy Burne and Josie Boyle.
Writers Week Meal Events
Share a meal and a chat with guest authors.
Join guests of the Writers Week program for a bite and hear about their latest books. Breakfast with Miles Franklin winners Josephine Wilson, Michelle de Kretser & Sofie Laguna as they talk women, writing and winning or ruminate on the challenges facing democracy today with AC Grayling.
Sit down to lunch with Alan Hollinghurst as he discusses illicit love and its consequences or join Di Morrissey for a taste of passion and resistance under the Kimberley’s blazing sun. If you like a cuppa and a good book, why not indulge in high tea with Lydia Edwards or Natasha Lester?
Out and About
This year’s Writers Week stretches beyond the luxurious confines of its new hub, The University Club of Western Australia, out into small bars and galleries and libraries and the streets themselves.
Take a walk through Northbridge and discover its dark side or learn about our architectural history with local architects. Discover the links between food and Alzheimers or delight in dishes made with native WA foods.
Let us help you find your way through Perth Festival Writers Week.
The are a number of ways to navigate our huge Perth Writers Week Program, but here are a few suggested adventures from Guest Curator William Yeoman.
You can even buy all these events with the click of a button on our Packages page.
WA in Words
Western Australia, and its relationships with the world, has been described, represented and commented upon throughout history.
There are many novels, poems and plays that paint a literary picture of the landscape, the people, the hardships and triumphs of Western Australia and its people.
The Western Australian Museum wants to hear from you as they create a WA in Words installation.