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Perth Writers Festival in the Great Southern

23-25 Feb 2014

Perth Writers Festival in the Great Southern brings a selection of leading international and Australian writers to Albany in 2014. Join us at the Vancouver Arts Centre for two days of dynamic conversation, debate and exclusive workshops to recharge your creativity.

Snacks and lunch boxes will be available courtesy of Vancouver Café. Enjoy a coffee and relax in the courtyard or browse through the books on offer in the Paperbark Merchants pop-up shop. You can also head over to Albany Town Hall for our special evening events.

 Go to: Sunday 23Monday 24Tuesday 25Workshops

Sunday

 23 

 February

 

AN EVENING WITH PHILIP MEYER

7.30–8.30pm

Rising literary star Philipp Meyer’s new novel, The Son, depicts the dramatic social change experienced by three generations of a Texan dynasty spanning 150 years of turbulent American history. He speaks with Warren Flynn.
$20, includes drink on arrival

 

MONDAY

 

24 

 

FEBRUARY

 
 

ALL THE BIRDS, singing

 

10–11am

Australian woman Jake is hounded by memories of her dark past. Evie Wyld shares her new novel, All the Birds, Singing with Yann Toussaint.
VANCOUVER ARTS CENTRE–$10
 

 

MANO-A-MANO

 

11.30am–12.30pm

Jordi Puntí and Warren Flynn discuss the craft of fiction writing, their techniques and routines, and the process behind their creativity.
VANCOUVER ARTS CENTRE–$10
 

 

getting your facts straight

 

1.30–2.30pm

Getting your facts straight in nonfiction is crucial to your reputation and the reputation of your subjects. William McInnesRabia Siddique and Sarah Drummond reveal to Yann Toussaint the efforts they have made to record – or conceal – the truth.
VANCOUVER ARTS CENTRE–$10
 

 

launch: brb

 

3–4pm

Barbara Temperton launches Maree Dawes’ new verse novel, brb: be right back. Presented in association with publisher Spineless Wonders.
VANCOUVER ARTS CENTRE–FREE
 

 

William McInnes in converstaion

 

7.30–8.30pm

Join one of Australia’s most popular writers and actors, William McInnes, as he shares the very personal inspiration behind his heartwarming new novel, The Birdwatcher. He speaks with
Simon Smale.
ALBANY TOWN HALL–$20, includes drink on arrival
 


 

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tuesday

 

25

 

february

 
 

equal justice

 

10–11am

Instrumental in the dangerous rescue of two British SAS soldiers from Basra in 2005, Rabia Siddique was overlooked for citation and written out of official accounts. In a landmark race and iscrimination case she took on the British Army and won. She speaks with Jenni Flottmann.
VANCOUVER ARTS CENTRE–$10
 

fashionably short

11.30am–12.30pm

Thanks to online publishing and writing competitions, short fiction is enjoying a popular resurgence. But did the short story ever go out of style? Maree DawesSarah Drummond and Graham Kershaw share with Jon Doust the short stories that have influenced their work and reveal handy short-fiction writing tips they’ve picked up along the way.
VANCOUVER ARTS CENTRE–$10

lost luggage

1.30–2.30pm

Gabriel Delacruz drives a removalist truck all over Western Europe, leaving baggage along the way – namely, four sons to four different mothers in four different countries. Christof, Christophe, Christopher and Cristòfol learn of each others’ existence when their father suddenly disappears. Jordi Puntí shares the inspiration behind his debut novel with Jon Doust.
VANCOUVER ARTS CENTRE–$10

 

the bookish gal's guide to life

 

 3–4pm

By day Yvette Walker and Evie Wyld man the tills and straighten spines in bookshops. By night they return to their desks to their true passion and vocation. They reveal the joys of being a kid in a candy shop and how the constant presence of books and ideas influences their writing. They speak with Dianne Wolfer.
VANCOUVER ARTS CENTRE–$10
 


 

 

 

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workshops

   

vancouver arts centre

 

$45 per session

 

Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Events: Using Research in Fiction

 

Mon 24 Feb, 10.30am–12.30pm

Yvette Walker’s research for her novel Letters to the End of Love took her from archives to museums to the kitchen tables of strangers and village pubs. Yvette shows you how research can help drive and shape a work-in-progress, influencing everything from characterisation to structure and plot.  

 

revealing character

 

mon 24 feb, 1.30–3.30pm

Great fictional characters take on a life of their own that endures beyond the end of a story. What techniques can authors employ to gradually and authentically reveal character? International guest Evie Wyld shares her knowledge on building and revealing character.   

 

Roads Well-travelled: A DIY guide to freelance travel writing

 

Tue 25 Feb 10.30am–12.30pm

Virginia Jealous has spent 15 years travelling and contributing to publications including Lonely Planet and the Weekend Australian. She shares her experience of building and sustaining a freelance writing career. Learn how to pitch a story, who to pitch to, what to write, who to write for and negotiating payment.   

 

the art of observation: nonfiction

 

tue 25 Feb, 1.30–3.30pm 

Writing evocative literary nonfiction can be a challenge. How do you convey the character and physicality of your subjects and their environment without overwhelming the reader in detail? Sarah Drummond shares her tips on observing detail in your subjects and subtle tricks for imparting character in nonfiction.
 


 

 

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Date

23-25 Feb 2014

Price

$10-$45
Author Talks $10
Workshops $45

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