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Literature often benefits from isolation, inspiring creativity devoid of distraction and modern trends. WA has inspired some wonderful literary minds Including authors such as Tim Winton, Tom Flood and Josephine Wilson. Literary festivals and events abound, independent publishing houses produce local and aboriginal works and an eclectic mix of family-owned book stores provide lovers of literature with their regular fix of hard copy enjoyment.

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Perth Poetry Festival

The tenth annual Perth Poetry Festival features four days of workshops, readings, talks, slams and poetry contests that bring together different poetic expressions, languages and traditions.

  • Venue:Northbridge Piazza Community Centre
  • Dates:Sep 18 - 27
  • Festivals:All Festivals

Details

  • Hosted By:City Of Perth
  • Type:Workshops
  • Other:Literature,Talks & Lectures,Writers Festivals

Description

The tenth annual Perth Poetry Festival features four days of workshops, readings, talks, slams and poetry contests that bring together different poetic expressions, languages and traditions.

Local, national, and international poets are offered professional development opportunities to challenge their craft through networking and workshops, while a diverse range of events offer poetry enthusiasts a scene to explore.

Guest poets include Tony Curtis (Ireland), Judith Beveridge (NSW), Jeltje Fanoy (Vic) and local poets John Kinsella, Liana Joy Christensen, Renee Pettitt-Schipp, Neil J (Brillo) Pattinson and Christine Della Vedova.

Full program available at wapoets.net.au

SwanSongs - Ghosts, Fools and Seers

SwanSongs - Ghosts, Fools and Seers. The finest singers, the boldest programming. Be moved. Be inspired. Be delighted.

  • Dates:Sun Sep 27
  • Time(s):3.00pm
  • Venue:Christ Church, Claremont

Details

  • Hosted By:SwanSongs
  • Venue Address:Christ Church, Claremont, corner Queenslea Drive and Stirling Highway
  • Ticket Price:General admission $30; concessions $25; under 16 free.
  • Ticket Price FROM:$0
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Other:Literature
  • Music:Classical

Description

Katja Webb offers visions, revelations, confessions and glimpses of the supernatural. Katja presents outstanding Australian music from her two CDs, including world and state premieres. West Australian composers James Penberthy and Geoffrey Allen are joined by Paul Paviour, Richard Peter Maddox, Dorian Le Gallienne and Margaret Sutherland. With poetry by Gwen Harwood, WB Yeats, Mary Gilmore, John Shaw Neilson and Shakespeare, this is a feast not to be missed.

Katja has performed in Australia and Germany since 2006 in all genres of vocal music from musicals through operetta to opera. She has been acclaimed by critics and public alike for her portrayals of Nannetta in Falstaff (Verdi); Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach); Proserpina in L’Orfeo (Monteverdi); Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus (J.Strauss jnr); Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Bizet); title role in Rusalka (Dvorák) and as the Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart).

Principal piccolo of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra Michael Waye joins us for the Penberthy songs.

SwanSongs - Die Schöne Müllerin

SwanSongs - Die Schöne Müllerin. The finest singers and boldest song programming. Be moved. Be inspired. Be delighted.

  • Dates:Sunday Oct 11
  • Time(s):3.00pm
  • Venue:Christ Church, Claremont

Details

  • Hosted By:SwanSongs
  • Venue Address:Christ Church, Claremont, corner Queenslea Drive and Stirling Highway
  • Ticket Price:General admission $30; concessions $25; under 16 free
  • Ticket Price FROM:$0
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Other:Literature
  • Music:Classical

Description

Schubert’s first great song cycle presents the greatest of challenges to performers because of its simple perfection. Twenty songs chart the journey, physical and psychological, of a curious, dreamy young apprentice. The miraculous musical depictions of water make the mill-stream a central character in the drama of first love. Matthew Dixon portrays the young miller.

 

24 year-old Matthew is a graduate of WAAPA and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was the recipient of the Silver Anniversary Prize for the Evelyn and Ralph Thompson Scholarship and also the winner of the Royal Overseas League Singing Competition and a semi-finalist in the 2019 IFAC Australian Singing Competition (winning the Tinkler Trust Award). In 2018/19 Matthew performed the roles of Don Giovanni, Belcore (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Billy Budd at GSMD, also debuting at London’s Wigmore Hall in a Schubertiade with Graham Johnson. He debuted the role of Motor Cop in Dead Man Walking for the UK premiere opposite Joyce Di Donato.

Ben Elton Live 2021

Ben Elton, stand-up comic, author, playwright, actor and director, will be hitting the Perth Concert Hall stage April 2021!

  • Dates:Apr 3, 2021
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$61.90
  • Ticket price TO:$91.95
  • Other:Performing Arts,Literature
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Performing Arts:Comedy

Description

Ben Elton exploded onto the comedy scene over 30 years ago, hosting Channel 4’s groundbreaking Saturday Live. Since then Elton has achieved huge success as a stand-up comic, author, playwright, actor and director. He's written television shows such as The Young Ones, Blackadder 2, Blackadder The Third, Blackadder Goes Forth, The Thin Blue Line and many more, as well writing and directing two feature films. He has published 16 best-selling novels, three smash hit West End plays and the global phenomenon We Will Rock You based on the music of British rock legends, Queen.

A serial award winner, he has won three BAFTAs, two Laurence Olivier Awards, The Royal Television Society Writer’s Award, The Golden Dagger UK Crime Writer of the Year Award, The Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the Eurovision Golden Rose D’Or Lifetime Achievement Award.

See Ben Elton at the Perth Concert Hall in April next year as he returns to Australia after 14 years.

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