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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


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,Author Talks
  • 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.

Lit Crawl Perth

After global success, Lit Crawl comes to Perth for the very first time to get revellers and book lovers alike drunk on words - and alcohol.

  • Dates:Feb 20
  • Time(s):7.00pm
  • Venue:Multiple venues across Mt Lawley
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Litquake Foundation and Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Audience:Adults
  • Type:Literature

Description

The Lit Crawl phenomenon is described by The New York Times as ‘a heady cocktail of booze and books’. After appearing in cities across the globe, it heads to Perth in a collaboration with the City of Vincent and Beaufort Street Network. 

The first ever Lit Crawl Perth will capture the city’s unique WA flavour and get readers and writers out on the streets of Mt Lawley.

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):4.00pm
  • 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.

The Sound Of Picture Books

Our free family fun day is back spreading a love of reading, writing and drawing over the grounds at UWA in a huge range of events and activities.

  • Dates:Feb 23
  • Time(s):10.45am & 12pm | Duration 45mins
  • Venue:Octagon Theatre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Octagon Theatre
  • Type:Literature,Music
  • Music:Classical,Free

Description

Not to be missed is The Sound of Picture Books, an interactive adventure that sees illustrator and composer Matt Ottley and author and musician Valanga Khoza join West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s string quintet and Yamaha’s Alf Demasi to bring to life Dumazi and the Big Yellow Lion with music and imagery.

A Bus, A Book & A Bite

Relax as you sink into your book, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the bus ride through our beautiful city!

  • Dates:Feb 24
  • Venue:UWA
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020
  • Time(s):6.00pm to 9.00pm

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Highway, Crawley
  • Audience:Adults
  • Food & Drink:Food Event,Other
  • Ticket Price FROM:$134
  • Ticket price TO:$149
  • Type:Literature
  • Event Venue:UWA

Description

<p> Join our mobile book club as it motors across the city for a literary discussion that ends with a strong bite. Each week the Book Bus focusses on a different book written by a Literature & Ideas Weekend guest. At the end of the tour you’ll find yourself in the middle of a food experience tied to the book.</p> <p> Buckle up and enjoy the ride.</p> <p>  </p> <p> More information is available at www.perthfestival.com.au from December.</p>

Rock&Read

A fun and unique event for the kids celebrating rock and reading!

  • Dates:May 3
  • Time(s):12.00pm
  • Venue:Freo.Social

Details

  • Hosted By:The National Trust of Western Australia
  • Venue Address:Artillery Drill Hall on Parry St, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Literature,Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Freo.Social
  • Music:Free,Popular Music

Description

ROCK&READ

The National Trust of Western Australia and Freo.Social present ROCK&READ!

Dress up as your favourite book character or pop/rock star and join us for this festival for kids! Hear from local authors, purchase second hand books, grab a bite to eat and dance your heart out at this fun filled event.

Tickets are free but registration is essential!

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