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5 Feb - 1 March 2010

 

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Perth Writers Festival Highlights

We've hand-picked a selection of must-see events for you at this year's Festival. Many are free, with ticketed events starting at only $12.50. We've also introduced a student price throughout the program.

These are just a selection of the many riches to be found in the following pages – and don't forget to check out our Free Family Day program.

Festival Book Club with Patrick Gale and Salley Vickers

Patrick GaleSalley Vickers

The wonderful new novels of Patrick Gale and Salley Vickers explore regret, lost opportunities and the consequences of love gone wrong. Join these two master storytellers as they look at the therapeutic benefits of writing fiction and the impulses that lie behind their respective creative drives. Bring a picnic and your book club to this special evening. Chair: Geraldine Mellet

When: Thur 25 Feb, 7pm
Venue: Sunken Garden
Price: $21.50, Friends $19, Students $15.55

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AC Grayling: Ideas That Matter 

AC Grayling

The McCusker Charitable Foundation Opening Address

Esteemed British philosopher AC Grayling is author of more than 25 books exploring ethics, liberty and enlightenment values and the problem of religion. A provocative and entertaining speaker, he seeks to arm listeners with knowledge and inspire them to take action on issues affecting our world today. Afterwards, book a place at the Opening Party and meet writers from the entire program.

When: Fri 26 Feb, 7pm
Venue: Winthrop Hall
Price: $37.50/ Friends $33
Price with Party: $87.50/Friends $73

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Breakfast with Tom Keneally

Tom Keneally

One of Australia's best-loved writers, Tom Keneally is the author of two fascinating new books. Australians is the first in a three-volume history of Australia centered on the humanity of our national tale, while The People's Train is a novel taking us to the heart of the Russian Revolution. Join Tom for breakfast as he discusses his fascination with history in both fiction and non-fiction. Chair: Bill Bunbury

When: Sat 27 Feb, 8.30am
Venue: The University Club Banquet Hall
Price: $42.50, Friends $37, Students $32.50


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Literary Lunch with Hugh Mackay

Hugh Mackay

Hugh Mackay is well known as a psychologist, social researcher and novelist, and there are many intersections between his fiction and social research. One of the ideas he's interested in exploring is the place of truth in fiction and non-fiction. Join Hugh for lunch as he discusses his latest novel, Ways of Escape. Chair: Mignon Shardlow

When: Sat 27 Feb, 12.15pm
Venue: The University Club Banquet Hall
Price: $72.50, Friends $64, Students $60

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An Evening of Readings

Marina EndicottPatrick GaleElizabeth Kostova

Tom RachmanSalley Vickers

Be mesmerised by 'the writer's voice' in this wonderful evening of readings by a selection of our international stars: Marina Endicott, Patrick Gale, Elizabeth Kostova, Tom Rachman and Salley Vickers.

When: Sat 27 Feb, 6.30pm
Venue: Sunken Garden
Price: $21.50, Friends $19, Students $15.55

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The Good Soldiers with David Finkel

David Finkel

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel spent eight months with 800 US army infantry soldiers in Iraq during President Bush's infamous campaign 'the surge'. Reporting from the front line he captures the lives of ordinary men enduring extraordinary circumstances in a defining moment in history. His outstanding book was named one of The New York Times' top ten books of 2009.

When: Sat 27 Feb, 6.30pm
Venue: Octagon Theatre
Price: $21.50, Friends $19, Students $15.55

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indigo Launch and Cottonmouth

Alex Miller

Join us for a champagne celebration as Alex Miller launches indigo volume 5, WA's newest journal of creative writing and ideas. Then stay on for a very special Festival-themed edition of everyone's favourite wordsmith gathering, Cottonmouth.

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When: Sat 27 Feb, 6.15pm
Venue: New Fortune Theatre
Price: FREE

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An Evening with Irvine Welsh

Irvine Walsh

A master of dark, scabrous humour, Irvine Welsh has created some of the most memorable characters in contemporary fiction. The author of Trainspotting returns with two new books: Crime, an electrifying thriller about innocence and absolute evil; and Reheated Cabbage, a collection of stories set in a surreal landscape that is part-Edinburgh, part-Hell. Chair: David Cohen

When: Sat 27 Feb, 8pm
Venue: Octagon Theatre
Price: $21.50, Friends $19, Students $15.55

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Festival Book Club with Elizabeth Kostova

Elizabeth Kostova

One of the most eagerly awaited novels of the year is The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova, author of the worldwide bestseller The Historian. Exploring obsession and art, it is a novel about love in many forms: first love, unexpected love and the last love of a lifetime. Bring a picnic, your latest love and your book club to this special evening in the Sunken Garden.

When: Sun 28 Feb, 6.30pm
Venue: Sunken Garden
Price: $21.50, Friends $19, Students $15.55

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Bendable Learnings with Don Watson

Don Watson

Synergy, uptake, key performance indicators ... Confused? The bestselling author of Weasel Words turns his wit to the language of modern management. Join Don Watson for a satirical evening that restores hope for well-chosen words.

When: Sun 28 Feb, 6.30pm
Venue: Octagon Theatre
Price: $21.50, Friends $19, Students $15.55

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Nine Lives William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple's first travel book in a decade is an exquisite distillation of 25 years exploring India and its religious traditions. Join him for a journey through his previous books, finishing with the beautiful stories contained in Nine Lives. Chair: Liz Byrski

When: Sun 28 Feb, 8pm
Venue: Octagon Theatre
Price: $21.50, Friends $19, Students $15.55

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An Evening with Monty Don

Monty Don

Join one of the UK's leading horticulturalists and host of the BBC's Around the World in 80 Gardens for a vivid account of his travels as he gets under the skin of different cultures through the greenery they cultivate. From the floating gardens of the Amazon to the alpine flower meadows of Norway, Monty Don has visited all corners of the planet.

When: Sun 28 Feb, 7pm
Venue: Perth Concert Hall
Price: $37.50/Friends $33

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Closing Address with Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez

Drawing on thoughts born from a walk across Arctic tundra, awardwinning American naturalist Barry Lopez ruminates on how we must free our imaginations to revive our sense of possibility and wonder. A poignant and inspiring end to the Festival.

When: Mon 1 Mar, 6pm
Venue: Octagon Theatre
Price: $32.50/Friends $28

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Off the Beaten Path

William DalrympleNicolas Rothwell

Stephen Scourfield

William Dalrymple, Nicolas Rothwell and Stephen Scourfield share stories from journeys around the globe. From India to Australia's far North and beyond, these guys have been everywhere.

When: Sat 27 Feb, 11am
Venue: The University Club Theatre
Price: $12.50, Friends $11.30, Students $9.55

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On the Ground in Iraq
David FinkelDonna Mulhearn

David Finkel was an embedded reporter in Iraq during Bush's infamous 'surge', while Donna Mulhearn risked her life as a human shield in Baghdad. They give their perspectives of Iraq from the front line.

When: Sun 28 Feb, 11am
Venue: The University Club Theatre
Price: $12.50, Friends $11.30, Students $9.55

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'Mystic, Awful was the Process' with Gail Jones

Gail Jones

Balzac was terrified, Conan Doyle saw ghosts, Nabokov believed photography to be the height of mendacity. Barrett Browning saw only the revelatory joy of the image. This illustrated lecture considers writers' attitudes to portrait photography and meditates on the mysticism of photographs and how they attach to ideas about the passing or fixing of time.

When: Sat 27 Feb, 2pm
Venue: The University Club Theatre
Price: $12.50, Friends $11.30, Students $9.55

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Natural Selection

We are delighted to welcome writers festival directors from around the world to participate in an industry program highlighting the breadth of literary talent found in Australia. As part of the event we invite you to visit a special public showcase of WA writers on Riley Oval.

The Visiting Directors Program is made possible by funding from the Australia Council for the Arts. Natural Selection is presented by writingWA.

When: All Festival
Venue: Riley Oval
Price: FREE

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The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy

The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy

Those who enjoy good, oldfashioned storytelling are invited to step inside a magical travelling tent for an enchanting and timeless tale. Simple lights, mirrors and magnets create the perfect atmosphere for the tale of an orphaned boy made of cheese, from a world of cheese.

When: Sat 27 Feb–Mon 1 March, 10am & 2pm
Venue: The Studio, Subiaco Arts Centre
Price: All tickets $15.55

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Haircuts by Children

Haircuts by Children

Test your courage and faith in the future by surrendering your sense of control and scalp to the aesthetic choices of a mini barber. This highly original concept sees a select number of Perth school children invited to train with professional stylists before using their new-found skills on the public. That means you! Book for a haircut or just come down and watch.

When: Sun 28 Feb and Mon 1 March, 12–5pm
Venue: Octagon Theatre Dressing Room
Price: FREE
Book: 6488 5555

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Short Matters European Film Academy

Short Matters

The best award-winning short films from Europe in 2009. Introduced by Marion Döring, Director of the Academy, Short Matters features a fabulous selection of dramas, comedies, animation and documentaries from Europe's premiere emerging talent.

When: Wed 24–Sun 28 Feb, 6.30pm
Venue: Dolphin Theatre
Price: FREE

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StoryCatcher

StoryCatcher

StoryCatcher is a brand-new project that will gather, share and celebrate the life stories of ABC listeners across Australia. You count on the ABC to bring you the very best stories from your community and around the world. Now the ABC will record a story that you want to tell to a friend or loved one and will share that story with listeners across Australia, and beyond.

When: Sat 27 Feb–Mon 1 March, All day
Venue: Perth Writers Festival Precinct
Price: FREE

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