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5 Feb - 1 March 2010


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Fri 26 Feb - Mon 1 March (public holiday)

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Off Like a Shot

Three debuts, three very different styles. Tom Cho has written a very original and funny collection of short fiction; Goldie Goldbloom has produced an Australian outback tale like no other; and Eleanor Catton's novel is an examination of the power of performance. They talk about their writing.
Chair: Angela Meyer

Modern Day Bards

Robert Forster was a founding member of The Go-Betweens and is Music Critic for The Monthly; Samuel Wagan Watson is an awardwinning poet; and Niall Lucy has recently edited a book of poetry by The Triffids' David McComb. They look at the intersection of song writing and poetry.
Chair: Carol Jenkins


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On Reflection

The new novels of Liz Byrski, Andrea Goldsmith and Salley Vickers are examinations of lives lived, choices made and the question of whether we ever fully realise the ideals and passions of our youth. They discuss these themes and more with Chair Danielle Benda.

Breaking the Rules

The new books by David Carlin, Robert Gray and Evelyn Juers challenge traditional understandings of memoir and biography. They talk about breaking the rules in pursuit of good storytelling.
Chair: Antonio Casella


Into the Wild

From the expansive desert of the West's Great Basin to the frozen Arctic North, William Fox and Barry Lopez consider the influence of these spaces on the imagination. They give readings and discuss their writing.
Chair: Victoria Laurie

The Escape into Fiction

Everyone loves a good story, and fiction can provide an escape for both writer and reader. Hugh Mackay, Amanda Lohrey and Judith Lanigan consider the power of good storytelling to transform.
Chair: Donna Ward

Grace with Morris Gleitzman

One of our favourite children's authors, Morris Gleitzman, has written almost 30 books for young people. His latest novel Grace is another great story with action, gentle humour and real heart.


Fictionalising Your Life

What's off-limits when writing fiction? Larissa Behrendt, Jon Doust and Richard Rossiter consider the lines that cut across fiction and real life in their new works.
Chair: Bruce Russell

Re-imagining Literary Tradition

Craig Silvey's Jasper Jones is an Australian story that evokes American literary greats Harper Lee and Mark Twain; Helen Oyeyemi's White Is for Witching plays with African myths and the English Gothic; while Goldie Goldbloom's The Paperbark Shoe is distinctly West Australian with a nod to the American Gothic. They consider the impact of literary tradition on their writing.
Chair: Paul Genoni

Spend the Afternoon with Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths is author of smash hits The Day My Bum Went Psycho and What Bumosaur is That? as well as the hilarious JUST! and Schooling Around series. Join him for an afternoon that will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter.


Escaping The Pigeonhole

Has there been a renaissance in women's fiction? The latest fiction from Sara Foster, Liz Byrski and Anita Heiss shows us there is more to writing for women than stereotypes.
Chair: Helen Merrick

Palette to Page

Anson Cameron and Elizabeth Kostova have found inspiration in the art world for their latest novels. Anson investigates the theft of Picasso's Weeping Woman from the National Gallery, while Elizabeth explores the line between creativity and madness against the backdrop of French Impressionism.
Chair: Melanie Ostell

Lord Sunday with Garth Nix

This is the book Garth Nix fans have been waiting for ... Lord Sunday is the stunning conclusion to the blockbuster Keys to the Kingdom series. Hear Garth talk about the complete series.



Reluctant Heroes

A bookshop owner and an accidentprone tomboy with a talent for seeing auras put a new twist on crime fiction sleuths in Lenny Bartulin and Marianne Delacourt's latest mysteries. From reading books to reading auras, these two great authors discuss the creation of eccentric crime characters.
Chair: John Harman

Writers as Readers

What books do writers read? We've asked three writers to share the books that have moved, inspired or influenced them. Judith Lanigan, Craig Silvey and Richard Rossiter share their bedside reading.
Chair: Gail Jones

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Dolphin Theatre

Perth Concert Hall

Wed 24–Sun 28 Feb, 6.30pm

Short Matters European Film Academy

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.


Book Launch

Join Sara Foster for the launch of her debut novel Come Back to Me. Both a stunning thriller and complex love story, this taut psychological drama will keep you enthralled to the very last page.