This year’s Perth Festival Writers Weekend program is out! Festival curator Gillian O’Shaughnessy has put together an exciting lineup of Western Australian writers, and those from further afield appearing in person or via live stream.
I love this quote from the program:
When we read, we aren’t simply informed and entertained, our world is made larger. Stories allow us to see new possibilities, to reflect and absorb challenging ideas and to lose ourselves in wonder. When we read, we are transformed. In keeping with Perth Festival’s 2022 theme of Wardan, Writers Weekend will dive into this idea of connection; so that as we emerge from tumultuous times, we might consider our hearts and values through the lens of books, stories and words and their profound and magical ability to expand our consciousness.Gillian O’Shaughnessy
The venue this year is the historic Fremantle Arts Centre, and wow, does that take me back! The centre was the venue for the first Perth Writers Festivals I ever attended, and I well remember sitting on the lawn, listening to amazing Australian and international authors—some, like Dorothy Porter, no longer with us.
I have the pleasure of moderating two sessions:
The Riviera House, with Natasha Lester, Sunday 27 February, 1pm, Inner Courtyard
Difficult Women, with Liz Byrski and Juliet Marillier, Sunday 27 February, 4pm, Inner Courtyard
All sessions are ‘pay what you can’ (suggested price $19).