Our Top Picks for Writers Week 2019: Part 1

Published on January 16, 2019
Categories - Blog, Events, Featured

Writers Week returns with a powerhouse 2019 program from 18 – 24 February that makes your story a part of every story, culminating in a writerly weekend on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February at the University of Western Australia. Read on to discover our dream weekend itinerary, starting below with our bookmarked Saturday sessions.

Most of the sessions below are free, and the others are just $15 each. You can even pick up a 4 pass pack for $52 or an 8 pass pack for $100 and curate your own perfect weekend of words.


9.30am – 10.15am
The Edge of Memory & Oral Storytelling
Alexander Lecture Theatre | Free
Patrick Nunn discusses living storytelling traditions and their importance to Indigenous cultures the world over with Cassie Lynch

10.30am – 11.15am
Accidental Feminists
Banquet Hall | $15
Writer, broadcaster and social commentator Jane Caro talks to Meri Fatin about the generation of feminists that revolutionised the world.

//Tea Break//

12pm – 12.45pm
Speculations on Speculative Fiction
Murdoch Lecture Theatre | Free
Alison Evans, Alison Croggon, SA Jones & AJ Betts talk alternative realities and real alternatives with Angela Meyer.


2pm – 2.45pm
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
Amphitheatre | Free
Singapore-based author Balli Kaur Jaswal talks to Ara Jansen about womanhood, sexuality and secrets – and having her book as Reece Witherspoon’s Book Club pick!

Balli Kaur Jaswal

3pm – 3.45pm
101 Marvellous Movies You May Have Missed
Amphitheatre | Free
Join distinguished film critic and TV personality David Stratton & ABC broadcaster Danielle Benda as they uncover some hidden cinematic gems.

//Curl up with a cuppa and a good book in the shade//

5pm – 5.45pm
A Superior Spectre
Murdoch Lecture Theatre | Free
Australian author Angela Meyer speaks with Charlotte Guest about her gripping debut work of gothic speculative fiction and our insatiable capacity for curiosity.

6pm – 6.45pm
Freo Groove
Amphitheatre | Free
Join writers and musicians Bill Lawrie, Claire Moodie & friends as they celebrate the musical culture of Fremantle past and present. Includes live music. With Lucky Oceans.

7pm: Special Event
An Evening with Ben Okri
Winthrop Hall | $36-40 | Tickets
Join Booker Prize-winning Nigerian novelist and poet Ben Okri as he talks about life, art, politics and his new novel, The Freedom Artist with Sisonke Msimang.

See Part 2 of this special series here.

See the full Perth Festival Writers Week program here.

Kira Rikkers

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