Our Top Picks for Writers Week 2019: Part 2

Published on January 16, 2019
Categories - Blog, Events, Read About

Read on for Part 2 of our special series on Perth Festival Writers Week 2019, where we curate a leisurely Sunday session in the leafy surrounds of UWA.

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
Boy Swallows Universe
Banquet Hall | $15
Australian journalist and novelist Trent Dalton chats with Kathryn Shine about his acclaimed debut novel and drawing inspiration from his own life for his fiction.

Trent Dalton – Photo by Lyndon Mechielsen

10.30am – 11.15am
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Banquet Hall | $15
Acclaimed New Zealand-born author Heather Morris talks to Angela Meyer about the true story of the tattooist of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the woman he fell in love with.


12.30pm – 1.15pm
The Art of Long-Form Journalism
Banquet Hall | $15
How do you make facts sing on the page? Chloe Hooper & Trent Dalton talk to Meri Fatin about how journalism and non-fiction can be just as vivid and compelling as fiction.

//Tea break//

2pm – 2.45pm
Amphitheatre | Free
Australian singer-songwriter Sally Seltmann talks to Danae Gibson about her debut novel and why some feelings just need a bigger canvas than a song.

Sally Seltmann

3pm – 3.45pm
Simply Ing
Murdoch Lecture Theatre | Free
The powerful story of Noongar woman Helen (ing) Nellie, a member of the Stolen Generation who overcame considerable challenges to reclaim her culture. With Margaret O’Brien.

4pm – 4.45pm
Infinite Worlds, Infinite Words
Theatre Auditorium | $15
Writers Balli Kaur Jaswal, Carly Findlay, Heather Morris and Future D Fidel discuss the relationships between language, freedom and identity with Rosemary Sayer.

5pm: Special Event
After the Fall
Octagon Theatre | $36-40 | Tickets
Thirty years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, acclaimed author of Stasiland Anna Funder asks, is our world as divided as ever?

Anna Funder

WLP Tip: Head to a string of free sessions and spend your $$ on books instead! Our picks include The Freedom Artist by Ben Okri, Accidental Feminists by Jane Caro, Australia Reimagined by Hugh Mackay, The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris and what may possibly be the book of the year – Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton. All titles available from Boffins Books, who will have an on-site pop-up bookshop over the weekend.

See Part 1 of this special series here.

See the full Perth Festival Writers Week program here.

Kira Rikkers

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