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Literature, Bookshops and Libraries in Perth and 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


Perth Writers Salon

No matter what your level or what you write, the Perth Writers Salon covers everything you need to write like a pro.

  • Dates:Jan 19, 26; Feb 2, 9, 16
  • Time(s):9.30am
  • Venue:Mattie Furphy House
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World
  • Venue Address:Corner Kirkwood Road and Clare Copse, Swanbourne WA 6010
  • Type:Literature,Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:Adults

Description

Hosted by award-winning Perth writer Campbell Jefferys, learn how to generate ideas, create conflicts, take heroes on journeys and much more in five constructive, enriching and fun sessions. Sit in for one session, or join them all.  

Thirteen Ways To Look At Birds

Music legend Paul Kelly and Western Australia's leading composer James Ledger are joined on stage by singer-songwriter Alice Keath and Seraphim Trio, for an evocative song cycle inspired by birds.

  • Dates:Feb 15
  • Time(s):Sat 7.30pm | Duration 85mins
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$39
  • Ticket price TO:$79
  • Type:Literature,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Other Music

Description

Birds have fascinated poets for centuries, not just for their song and flight but as symbols of hope, freedom, love, communication, peace, luck and migration. What better way to honour them than by sending songs out into the air?

Using the words of John Keats, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, Judith Wright, Thomas Hardy and others, each of these 13 new songs and soundscapes is its own world – delicate and intimate at times, colossal and soaring at others.

Bruce Pascoe: A Conversation About Ingenuity

Bruce Pascoe, acclaimed author of Dark Emu and Salt, kicks off the Literature & Ideas Weekend 2020 in a conversation with Noongar academic and musician Dr Clint Bracknell.

  • Dates:Feb 21
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Octagon Theatre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Ticket Price:$39
  • Type:Author Talks,Literature,Talks & Lectures,Aboriginal Art & Events
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Octagon Theatre

Description

‘The reason for the national apathy to racial politics in this country stems, I believe, from the national ignorance of Aboriginal culture and economy, and that ignorance has to be laid in part at the feet of our learning institutions. A legion of professors and other academics at our universities decided it would be unnecessary for our golden youth to know what the explorers witnessed of Aboriginal excellence.’ Bruce Pascoe, Salt

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman, superstar of the writing world and award- winning author of Sandman, American Gods, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Norse Mythology, is heading to Perth to share his stories.

  • Dates:Feb 23
  • Time(s):4pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$39
  • Ticket price TO:$109
  • Type:Author Talks,Literature,Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

After starting his career as a journalist in the 1980s, Gaiman began writing comics before moving onto novels. He is now the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen beloved books for adults and children, many of which have been adapted for television and the big screen.


Spend an afternoon with one of world’s most renowned storytellers at this once-in-a-lifetime event.

In Conversation With Margaret Atwood

One of the greatest feminist writers in modern literary history, Margaret Atwood, visits Perth to discuss her career, the impact of The Handmaid's Tale and an audience Q&A.

  • Dates:March 1
  • Time(s):7:30pm to 9pm
  • Venue:Riverside Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Margaret Atwood Live in Australia & NZ
  • Venue Address:21 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:Ticket based on allocated seating section
  • Ticket Price FROM:$70.35
  • Ticket price TO:$151.95
  • Type:Literature,Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Riverside Theatre

Description

The publication of The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and the current, Emmy-award winning television series have created a sweeping global cultural phenomenon, as ‘handmaids’ have become a symbol of women’s rights, standing against misogyny and oppression.

In Conversation with Margaret Atwood is an Australian premiere literary event spanning the breadth of Atwood’s remarkable career, her diverse range of works and why, in the Booker Award winning The Testaments, she has returned to her seminal story, 34 years later.

Join us for an unmissable evening of conversation, discussion and Q&A with one of the most vital authors of her generation, as Margaret Atwood shares her signature insight, humour and intellect.

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