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5 Feb - 1 March 2010


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Monday Sessions, 1 March


The University Club Theatre

Dolphin Theatre

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Octagon Theatre

$12.50, Friends $11.30, Students $9.55 FREE FREE

Journeys to the Interior

Few writers can capture Australia's north and inland as sublimely as Nicolas Rothwell. He travels deep into the northern realm in his latest book, combining the storytelling flair and persistence of a journalist with the imagination of an artist.
Chair: Bill Bunbury

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Dutiful Daughters and Good Sons

The latest fiction of Marina Endicott, Shani Mootoo and Patrick Gale explores the weight of family duty and expectation. They discuss being good and doing the right thing.
Chair: Rosemary Sayer

Tales of the West

There must be something in the water ... Come and experience the depth of talent to be found in the West as local writers Jon Doust, Robyn Mundy and Stephen Scourfield share their latest writing and diverse voices.
Chair: Philip Mead


The Moral Dimensions of Literary Geography

Inspired by the land and troubled by deepening ecological crisis, Barry Lopez and Mark Tredinnick make works that remember the world and return human beings to earth in every sentence. They converse about the moral dimensions of literature, the ways writers engage with the planet and nature writing in a warming climate.
Chair: Donna Ward

Includes the launch of a major new literary award!

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New Voices in International Fiction

New Zealand writer Eleanor Catton has written an exhilarating and provocative novel about adolescence; British novelist Helen Oyeyemi plays with myth and memory, magic and suffering; and Rome-based Tom Rachman's debut is an intelligent examination of the fall of newspapers, peopled with flawed but engaging characters.

Chair: Jane Cornes

Writers as Readers

What books do writers read? Do they impact the writer's voice? Anson Cameron, Marele Day and Amanda Lohrey reflect on their reading habits and some of the books that have affected them.
Chair: Dennis Haskell

Supported by
Australia Council for the Arts

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
WHERE Octagon Theatre Dressing Room
BOOKINGS 6488 5555

Supported by
Rio Tinto
Commissioner for Children and Young People WA


Twists and Turns

Colin McLaren and Michael Koryta draw from their real life experiences as an undercover detective and private investigator respectively and discuss their new crime fiction.
Chair: Dixie Marshall

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Morrison of Peking

Australian George Ernest Morrison, Peking correspondent for The Times of London, captured the imagination of both a novelist and a historian. Linda Jaivin and Robert Macklin discuss their different approaches to the life of Morrison.
Chair: Danielle Benda

Book Launch

Anita Heiss is a writer, poet, activist, social commentator and academic. Join her for the launch of her latest novel, Manhattan Dreaming, with Verity James.


The Lure of the Land

Monty Don and William Fox have travelled the world seeking out beautiful and unique landscapes. They discuss their passion for the natural world and the impact it has had on their creative lives.
Chair: Jane Cornes

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Show Time

Film critic and reviewer Michael Adams and editor and producer Anthony Buckley are passionate about movie making. They give us the inside word on the good, the bad and the intriguing of Australia's cinematic history.

Girls and Boys

The recent novels of Eleanor Catton and Craig Silvey are two very different coming-of-age stories. Eleanor Catton has broken free from the rules of realism to highlight the rituals, taboos and hierarchies of adolescent girls; while Silvey has utilised a more traditional narrative structure examining the lives of three adolescent boys and small town prejudice.
Chair: Angela Meyer


The Big Fella

BHP is part of Australia's DNA. Robert Macklin takes us behind its corporate face to reveal the visions, the schemes, the scandals and the boardroom life-and-death struggles that have characterised the company's evolution. A gripping story of foresight and blunder, of nation-building and rampant ego.
Chair: Rosemary Sayer

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Freaks and Misfits

The new novels of Emily Maguire, Goldie Goldbloom and Tom Rachman are populated with characters living on the margins. They talk about the imperfections and peculiarities of character.
Chair: Bruce Russell

The Human Condition

The new fiction of Wendy James, Kalinda Ashton and Richard Rossiter are beautiful studies of the human condition. Grappling with big themes, desire, love and family, they are wonderful portraits of what it means to be human.
Chair: Sue Woolfe

Who Are We And How Did We Get Here?

Philosopher AC Grayling and journalist Michael Goldfarb examine our place in the world. Looking at issues of identity – from religious faith to political movements – they consider some of the big moments that have impacted western society.

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You Couldn't Make This Stuff Up

From art theft to infiltrating the mob, to living in a leper colony and corporate crime, Anson Cameron, Colin McLaren and Neil White's new books are based on extraordinary true stories. They discuss finding the inspiration for their writing in real life with Chair Jane Cornes.

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Digging Up the Past

From the political intrigue of 20th century China to a travelling circus troupe in 16th-century Europe, Linda Jaivin and Judith Lanigan have spent a lot of time trawling through history files for their latest novels. They discuss turning research into thrilling fiction.
Chair: Melanie Ostell

The Agony and the Ecstasy

Does the writing process get easier with experience? In this session exploring the craft of writing,  established writers Alex Miller, Marele Day and Shani Mootoo turn their attention to the creative imagination.
Chair: Donna Ward


Turning Darkness into Light – The Literature of Hope

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. This poignant and reasoned Closing Address asks listeners not to deny the darkness of the world, but to shine a light to others through the power of personal storytelling.

PRICE $32.50, Friends $28

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