Well-thumbed books, unforgettable stories, characters that charm – a passion for reading, regardless of literacy level, should be celebrated, so we invite students of all ages to the Perth Writers Festival to be inspired by some of Australia’s most exciting authors for young people.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia, Sustainability, English, Drama, Media, Visual Arts, Civics and Citizenship, History, Languages
The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno and Alberta - Ursula Duborsarksy
Award-winning author Ursula Dubosarsky introduces your students to the world’s greatest guinea pig detectives. Coco Carlomagno and Alberta solve mysteries and puzzles in the big city of Buenos Aires. Join Dubosarsky and her furry friends as they crack the guinea pig Latin code.
Old Stories New - The Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project
The Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project brings together Indigenous Australians from the South West of Western Australia who, in this session, will share bilingual Noongar-English stories Yira Boornak Nyininy and Dwoort Baal Kaat. Learn Noongar words and join in songs with Kim Scott and other contributors.
Fangs, Fears, Fantasy and Fairtytales - Aleesah Darlison
Aleesah Darlison loves fairytales. You will meet Max, the boy who’s afraid of animals, and the amazing Unicorn Riders gang, who protect the kingdom of Avamay.
In this session Darlison also shares her tips for dealing with the goodies and the baddies in fairytales.
Extra Time - Morris Gleitzman
Aussie soccer genius Matt is spotted by a Premier League talent scout and whisked off to England to try out for one of the world’s most glamorous soccer clubs. His sister and manager, Bridie, tells his story - warts, goals and all. Go behind the scenes of Extra Time with legendary bestselling author Morris Gleitzman.
The Adventurer and The Journey - Tim Cope
Tim Cope has cycled from Russia to Beijing, rowed the length of Siberia and trained as a wilderness guide in Finland. In 2007 he completed an incredible three-year, 10,000-kilometre solo trek on horseback from Mongolia to Hungary. Join Cope as he shares his life-changing trek in the footsteps of Genghis Khan.
Twisting the Truth into Epic Fiction - Deb Fitzpatrick
Spencer Gray is an ordinary kid, but when his dad takes him up for a joyflight in his glider things take a turn for the worse and Spencer must use his wits to save his dad’s life. Join Deb Fitzpatrick when she reveals the real-life inspiration behind The Amazing Spencer Gray and explains how doing rigorous research can really bring a story to life.
City of Orphans - Catherine Jinks
Child-eating monsters lurk in the shadows of Victorian London. That’s why Alfred Bunce, the bogler, needs child apprentices to act as bait, to draw the boglers from their lairs so he can destroy them. Join the undisputed queen of exhilarating tales, Catherine Jinks, as she shares her secrets to creating memorable worlds.
When words disappear from use, the word hunters step in. Twins Lexi and Al travel through time to track down the history of dying words to help keep them alive in the present, but sometimes the past isn’t a friendly place to be. Join Nick Earls and Terry Whidborne for a windfall of fascinating word facts from their awesome series, Word Hunters.
Mucked Up - Danny Katz
It’s muck-up day and the Year 12s are planning the biggest quad raid ever. Nothing and no one is sacred, and Tom Zurbo-Goldblatt just wants to get through the day without a Vietnamese fish-sauce supersoaking. Join Danny Katz as he discusses his zaniest, grossest, most action-packed book yet.
The Sky is So Heavy - Claire Zorn
When Australia is crippled by nuclear fallout from a regional war, Fin finds himself thrown into a gripping fight for survival. The world has changed forever and new rules now apply. Join Claire Zorn as she takes us into Fin’s post-apocalyptic landscape and reveals her insights into creating evocative dystopias.
The Big Ideas - A.J. Betts
Inspired by real life, A.J. Betts’s latest book Zac & Mia throws ordinary people into extraordinary circumstances. In this session Betts shares what it takes to tackle themes big and small in stories and in life.
In 1993, 19-year-old Warren Braedon was murdered in North Beach as he walked home from a party. He was killed simply because of the colour of his skin. Anna Haebich and Steve Mickler examine the politics and events surrounding the tragedy and ask what we can learn from the unjust death of Warren Braedon.
The First Third - Will Kostakis
Will Kostakis is a talented young Australian author on the rise. He reveals what drives him in the pursuit of his craft, how he manages his career and how he has capitalised on lucky breaks. Find out what is needed to forge a writing career in the creative industries.
14-19 Feb 2014
This is Shakespeare's classic with a twist in a euphoric interpretation of history’s first great love story.
9-12 Feb 2014
With acrobatic spectacle, games of cat and mouse and jubilant dance, endless possibilities unfold.
11 Feb-1 March 2014
Dramatic live circus, blending jaw-dropping skills with untamed elegance and a subversive edge under a spectacular big top.