As part of Perth International Arts Festival, this coming weekend sees the writers and readers descend on the city for Perth Writers Festival – offering a fantastic opportunity to find out more from your favourite authors, or discover some new ones. Here are some of our highlights this weekend.
Some of the biggest names in literature are attending, from those who’ve been doing it forever, such as Thomas Keneally who is celebrating his 50 years of publishing, to Eleanor Catton – the youngest ever winner of The Man Booker Prize with her second novel The Luminaries.
Susan Wyndham, literary editor of the Sydney Morning Herald will be chatting with a number of authors including Eleanor Catton, as well as speaking about her collection of stories My Mother, My Father: On Losing a Parent and the transition from journalist to memoirist.
One of the overseas authors attending is the always fascinating Simon Garfield, who will talk about his book To The Letter which explores the dying art of letter writing, as well as the role of research and being a collector in writing.
Local authors also get their chance to shine, with Robert Schofield talking about how the mining boom has provided a rich seam for local crime writers and his book Heist.
For younger readers many children’s authors are involved in a schools day tomorrow as well as a variety of events as part of the Perth Writers Festival Family Day with Ursula< Dubosarsky appearing alongside Danny Katz, Catherine Jinks and many more. For writers, Ursula Dubosarsky is also running a workshop on Writing For Children.
As well as the big ticketed events, there are many that are free so if you’re in the area pop along – full details of all the events are found on the Perth Writers Festival Website.