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Perth Writers Festival 2015

January 20, 2015

The 2015 Perth Writers Festival (PWF) is almost here, folks! We’ve asked a few of our participating authors to tell us what they are looking forward to.

Deb Fitzpatrick (The Break)
‘Over the Friday and Saturday of the festival I’ll be participating in three panel discussions, looking variously at nature writing, interpreting real events in fiction, and moving between writing for children and writing for adult readers. I’m really thrilled to be part of the adult component of the festival this year, and feel slightly awed to be sitting on panels with the likes of John Marsden, Inga Simpson and Nicholas Shakespeare,’ said Deb.

‘These events are so important for writers. Not only do they help us come to terms with what we’ve written by making us talk about our books with our audience but being around other writers fuels our creative instincts. It really is a matter of spending time with like-minded people. I am grateful every year for the PWF, whether I’m there as a reader or a writer – I just love it!’ said Deb.

INTERPRETING REAL LIFE: FRI 20 FEB
TYPECAST: FRI 20 FEB
NATURAL OBSERVATIONS: SAT 21 FEB

Kyle Hughes–Odgers (On a Small Island)
‘I will be working on a large mural with James Foley, which will be a huge ocean scene. Kids at the festival will have the opportunity to design and draw boats that will then get stuck onto the mural; half will be influenced by James’s Viking boats and the other half by my boats from On a Small Island,’ said Kyle.

‘People should come see us as it will be a fun and interactive large-scale artwork that anyone can be part of. I’m excited to be involved – events like these are fantastic to encourage creativity and imagination through drawing and writing,’ said Kyle.

ON A SMALL ISLAND: SUN 22 FEB
FAMILY DAY MURAL: SUN 22 FEB
ILLUSTRATION MASTERCLASS: THU 19 FEB

James Foley (The Last Viking Returns)
‘Festivals are one of the highlights of being an illustrator. I get to meet readers, I get to share my books with them directly, I get to test out new stories on them, and I get to encourage them to write and illustrate their own stories – but not to be too good at it otherwise I will be out of a job,’ joked Foley.

‘Bring your kids if they’re interested in topics like Vikings and dragons and drawing. Not likely, I know, but bring them anyway,’ said Foley.

VIKING FUN: SUN 22 FEB
FAMILY DAY MURAL: SUN 22 FEB
ILLUSTRATION MASTERCLASS: THU 19 FEB

Peter Docker (Sweet One)
‘I really enjoy coming to PIAF. This is my third time. Perth is such a heady mix, with its breathtaking beauty, its bloody past, and its charge-ahead-at-any-cost future. This is exactly what I love to write about: how do we reconcile such disparate elements of our collective character?’ said Docker.

‘My two sessions are concerned with writing about real events, and writing stories which compel me to confront these elements. The panels are always lively, and the audiences are informed and responsive,’ said Docker.

INTERPRETING REAL LIFE: FRI 20 FEB
THIS STORY NEEDS TO BE TOLD: FRI 20 FEB

The 2015 Perth Writers Festival takes place at the University of Western Australia, Thursday 19 February to Sunday 22 February. For more information about the program use the link below.
Perth Writers Festival