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Literature, Bookshops and Libraries in WA

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.

Guides


Macbeth’s Medieval Banquet at Brookfield Place

Brookfield Properties and the West Australian Opera will be teaming up once again to curate another dynamic and unique dining experience – ‘Macbeth’s Medieval Banquet at Brookfield Place’.

  • Dates:September 24, September 25
  • Venue:Brookfield Place

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Opera
  • Ticket Price:$200.00
  • Type:Festivals,Food & drink,Literature,Performing Arts,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Opera
  • Food & Drink:Degustation,Festival,Food Event,Other,Restaurant Events,Spirits,Wine

Description

A culinary journey into Macbeth, mayhem and medieval madness. “For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble”- Macbeth, William Shakespeare
 
Following on from the sell-out success of this year’s ‘Whole Beast Progressive Culinary Experience’, Brookfield Properties and the West Australian Opera will be teaming up once again to curate another dynamic and unique dining experience – ‘Macbeth’s Medieval Banquet at Brookfield Place’.
 
Taking creative inspiration from Shakespeare’s gripping classic, and the West Australian Opera’s upcoming season of Macbeth, those passionate about food, music, wine, art and entertainment are invited to enjoy a progressive culinary experience through the award winning-venues of Brookfield Place.
 
Hosted by WA Restaurant Critic, Max Brearley experience Macbeth as never before, as you indulge your senses in a gastronomic feast inspired by the murder, mayhem and madness of one of Shakespeare’s ultimate masterpieces.
 
A true sensory experience, each course is designed and inspired by the words of the bard, will form a progressive culinary journey through some of the precinct’s favourite venues, expertly accompanied with matching wines and backed by an exclusive pre-season performance from West Australian Opera.

Artspokens: Art Talk - Story Dogs With Christina And Scruffy

Christina and Scruffy will share the history of Story Dogs and how it helps students with reading difficulties.

  • Dates:Oct 31
  • Time(s):6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Venue:Wanneroo Library

Details

  • Hosted By:Wanneroo Library
  • Venue Address:3 Rocca Way Wanneroo, WA 6065
  • Ticket Price:$5
  • Type:Literature,Pet-friendly,Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17

Description

Story Dogs is a literacy program built around the appealing and fun idea of children and young adolescents reading to dogs. 

Celebrate National Reading Conference

Experience two days of inspiration and insights into quality Australian Literature at the 'Celebrate Reading National Conference'.

  • Dates:Nov 1 - 2
  • Venue:The Literature Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:The Literature Centre
  • Ticket Price:From $25
  • Venue Address:Corner Hampton Rd and Knutsford St Fremantle
  • Type:Literature,Talks & Lectures,Author Talks,Writers Festivals
  • Audience:Adults,For seniors

Description

In 2019, the focus is on children's literature. The conference suits teachers, librarians, writers, illustrators and literature enthusiasts.

Lineup:
Shaun Tan (VIC), Stephen Michael King (NSW), Glenda Millard (VIC), Lisa Shanahan (NSW), Felice Arena (VIC), Ronojoy Ghosh (NSW), Leila Rudge (NSW) and Dianne Wolfer (WA).

Celebrate Reading offers an atmosphere and venue like no other. Delegates will enjoy:

  • All panel discussions and solos - no concurrent sessions.
  • Engrossing sessions on the latest issues in children's literature.
  • Insights into the creative process behind quality Australian books.
  • Generous delegate bag and automatic entry into all prize draws.
  • Superbly curated exhibitions of original artwork in our galleries.
  • Time to browse and purchase books and art.
  • Book signing opportunities with all presenters across the two days.

Delicious gourmet catering at tea breaks, lunches and at the Sundowners.
Registration includes two full days of sessions and all tea breaks, lunches and Sundowner drinks and nibblies.

Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Evolution

A hip-hop inspired tour of modern evolutionary biology.

  • Dates:Nov 8
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA

Details

  • Hosted By:Quantum Words Perth
  • Venue Address:Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA, 174 - 176 William Street, Perth,
  • Ticket Price:$35.00 Standard, $25.00 Concession
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$35
  • Type:Author Talks,Festivals,Literature,Performing Arts,Science,Talks & Lectures,Writers Festivals
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For teens 13-17
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA,Studio Underground
  • Performing Arts:Comedy,Theatre
  • Music:Other Music

Description

Winner of the Scotsman Fringe First Award in Edinburgh and nominated for a Drama Desk Award off-Broadway, Baba Brinkman's original peer-reviewed rap show combines the skills and charisma of a live MC with the precision of a scientist, offering deep insights into human nature and the origins of all living things, including rappers.

"Brilliantly conceived and effervescently performed…not only is it factually correct, it's also dazzlingly intelligent" The Scotsman 

"Astonishing and brilliant" New York Times

This event is part of Quantum Words Perth, Western Australia’s first writers festival dedicated specifically to writing about science, creativity and the spaces in which they intersect.

The Festival, to be held at the State Theatre Centre from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November, will bring together outstanding thinkers, scientists and creators from across Australia and overseas to engage in conversations about the ways in which we come to understand ourselves, our world, and the expansive universe we live within.

Presented by Writing WA in association with Writing NSW, Quantum Words Perth will delve into everything from climate change to orangutan protection, water, “alternative facts”, and Indigenous knowledge.

The Lester Prize for Portraiture 2019 Exhibition Season

The Lester Inc is proud to provide Western Australia and the country with the opportunity to engage with the best of the artform in a format that puts both artists and community front-and-centre.

  • Dates:Nov 8; Nov 9 - Dec 9
  • Time(s):Open Wed - Mon 10am to 5pm
  • Venue:Multiple venues in Perth CBD

Details

  • Hosted By:The Lester Prize
  • Venue Address:Art Gallery WA, Perth Cultural Centre, James Street Mall, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:Exhibition: FREE
  • Ticket Price FROM:$0
  • Ticket price TO:$40
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Art Exhibitions,Charity / Fundraising,Free,Literature,Talks & Lectures,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Art Gallery of WA
  • Visual Arts:Aboriginal,Drawing,Painting,Youth

Description

The Lester Prize is the third richest portrait prize in Australia with the coveted $50,000 Richard Lester Prize; $10,000 Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize; the $7,500 Baldock Family People’s Choice Prize and two Highly Commended Prizes valued at $4,900 each.

The 2019 program includes: the Main Exhibition in AGWA’s historic Centenary Galleries; Awards Night; guided tours; floor talks, workshops and live demonstrations with 2019 Adult Finalists; outdoor art pop up events around the city with the WA Portrait Artists and the Plein Air Painters of Australia; a Youth, Community & Hospital Outdoor Art Exhibition at the Perth Cultural Centre; and digital exhibitions showcased on the Big Screen at the Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge Piazza, Yagan Square and the City of Perth Library.

Throughout the year, The Lester Prize also conducts workshops with Starlight Livewire at Perth Children’s Hospital; aged care residents; and schools working towards making substantive and positive changes within their communities (with a particular focus on those who require additional support and have a high proportion of NESB and indigenous student populations).

Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Consciousness

The science of perception, hallucination and free will comes to life on stage as “peer reviewed rapper” Baba Brinkman takes a deep dive into the neurobiology of human experience.

  • Dates:Nov 9,Nov 9
  • Time(s):7pm,7pm
  • Venue:Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre,Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Quantum Words Perth,Quantum Words Perth
  • Venue Address:Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre, 174 - 176 William Street, Perth,Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre, 174 - 176 William Street, Perth
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25,$25
  • Ticket price TO:$35,$35
  • Type:Author Talks,Literature,Performing Arts,Science,Talks & Lectures,Writers Festivals,Festivals
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For teens 13-17
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA,Studio Underground
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Music:Other Music
  • Ticket Price:$35.00 Standard, $25.00 Concession

Description

Baba’s brain consists of roughly 80 billion neurons, none of which has any clue that he exists. And yet somehow those cells come together to produce a steady stream of ill rhymes, laughs, and mind-blowing scientific discoveries. Take a deep dive into embryos, octopuses, and self-conscious robots, and see whether your sense of reality survives intact.

"He is not the world's coolest rapper, but he might be the funniest and most well-read. Exercise any free will you have and buy a ticket."" - London Evening Standard

"The funniest, most impressive, dopest f***ing science lesson you're ever going to experience" - PXP Magazine

Presented as part of Quantum Words Perth, Western Australia’s first writers festival dedicated specifically to writing about science, creativity and the spaces in which they intersect.

The Festival, to be held at the State Theatre Centre from 8 to 10 November, will bring together outstanding thinkers, scientists and creators from across Australia and overseas to engage in conversations about the ways in which we come to understand ourselves, our world, and the expansive universe we live within.

Presented by Writing WA in association with Writing NSW, Quantum Words Perth will delve into everything from climate change to orangutan protection, water, “alternative facts”, and Indigenous knowledge.

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