Katherine Dorrington is the Perth Writers Festival Program Manager, which means (amongst other things) that she is basically the expert on reading. She’s the one with the best advice both on what to read and where to read it, so today we are joined by Katherine who has shared her 5 favourite Perth cafés to read in, with book recommendations for each location. What a treat!
Photo by Katherine Dorrington, @katherinedorrington.
Pixel Coffee, Leederville – A gorgeous little café that turns out awesome coffee and yummy food. I love their seating out the front that comes with crochet blankets to stay warm.
Book: The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley – The beautiful cover of this book matches the décor at Pixel Coffee so perfectly. The story of artist Elizabeth Gould will have you entranced while you sit surrounded by the stylish local art on the walls of Pixel.
Chu Bakery, Highgate – Strictly speaking this is the best café to grab a take away coffee from and then head to Hyde Park to read your book while lying on the grass. Add one of their incredible pastries and call it bliss.
Book: Goodwood by Holly Throsby – This atmospheric novel set in a small country town just begs to be read outside.
Little Way, Nedlands – Tucked away in Nedlands (but close to my office) I love their lush outdoor courtyard. Perfect place to sip coffee, refuel with their mixed mushrooms and lemon ricotta on sourdough and dip into a good book.
Book: The Nix by Nathan Hill – Smart, funny literary fiction that will have you hooked.
Bread in Common, Fremantle – I love everything about this place, but particularly the common tables. Reading is such a solitary activity but I love the buzz of a busy café around me when I’m reading.
Book: The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu – Brilliant, moving short fiction that suits the energy of Bread in Common.
Little Guildford, Guildford – I love the retro stylings of this café and their mismatched rustic tables. Park yourself at one of their outdoor tables, or next to one of their big windows while you read a gripping novel.
Book: The Dry by Jane Harper – you will not be able to put this book down once you start it, so this is the perfect café to settle in for the morning.
The Perth Writers Festival takes place over 23-26 February with all of the above authors appearing at the 2017 Festival – we can’t wait! You can browse the full program over here.