The Perth Writers Festival

As many of you know the Perth Writers Festival is fast approaching. It’s held from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st February in the beautiful grounds of the University of Western Australia.

While I’ve been involved in the event for many years, this is my first one wearing a variety of hats – interviewer, author, facilitator and guest speaker to launch a book!

I will be involved in two sessions as an author this year. I’m thrilled to sharing the stage with Stan Grant, Yassmin Abdel-Magied and George Megalogenis in We are Australian on Saturday 20th at 10am. We will be discussing what it really means to be Australian and whether we are still a tolerant, multicultural nation. And later the same day I will be talking about the intricacies of telling someone’s true story with Liz Byrski, Melinda Tognini, Alice Nelson and Bruce Russell in Shared Narratives at 2:30pm.

As I’ve done the past, I am interviewing some terrific writers over several sessions – something I enjoy immensely. I’m really looking forward to meeting Hyeonseo Lee who will be talking about her experiences of being trapped in North Korea, escaping to China and being reunited with her family in South Korea. This session is called The Girl with Seven Names and is on Sunday 21st at 2:30pm.

David Dyer, Katherine Rundell and Patrick Gale all have new books that drip with snow, ice and winter and I’ll be talking with them about the importance of place in their narratives. Winter is Coming is on Friday 19th at 10am.

I’m also facilitating the publishing seminar again this year, which is on Thursday 18 February. For those of you interested in understanding the publishing landscape in Perth, this is an extremely valuable day.

And lastly, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I am honoured to have been asked by Liz Byrski and Rachel Robertson to launch a new book called Purple Prose, a collections of stories by women writers on what the colour purple means to them. The launch is on Saturday 20th at 5:30pm.

There is something for everyone at the Perth Writers Festival and I really hope to see you there.