Perth’s literature enthusiasts converged on Winthrop Hall at the University of Western Australia (UWA) last Wednesday evening for the most exciting night of the summer calendar for writers in our state, the Perth Writers Festival Program Launch. The event was presided over by Perth Festival General Manager, Julian Donaldson while the bulk of the evening was concerned with speeches from Jonathan Holloway, Perth Festival Artistic Director, and Emily Mann, Program Director for Perth Writers Festival
Holloway said of the Festival “We feel like one of the great alumni of the university”, and rightly so. Originally founded by UWA, Perth Festival began over sixty years ago and is in its seventh incarnation, complete with a writers festival and a film festival, and this year is really shaping up to be the most exciting Perth Writers Festival yet.
Emily Mann introduced this year’s program, which includes not only the usual delights of author’s talks delivered by the very best in the business, but a publishing workshop for aspiring authors as well as the brand new initiative from the brainiacs behind this incredible program: The Game Changers.
The Game Changers is a series of talks and workshops focusing on the massive emerging market that is video gaming. For the first time ever, Perth Festival will present some of the best and brightest minds of the gaming world to discuss the dynamic nature of video game writing and all the fun bits involved with making a game into a story. The Game Changers includes talks with Steve Gaynor (Gone Home, BioShock Inifinite), Jill Murray (Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation and IV: Black Flag) and other incredible game creators.
The more traditional literature fans can look forward to talks with some of the preeminent authors of the moment including the youngest ever Man Booker prize winner, New Zealand’s Eleanor Catton, author of the literary darling of 2013 – The Luminaries. Keen readers can also look forward to hearing from the likes of Australian authors Hannah Kent (Burial Rites), Thomas Keneally (Schindler’s Ark and, more recently, Shame and the Captives), William McInnes (The Bird Watchers) and many others. International authors include chick lit favourite Jo Baker (Longbourne), along with a whole swathe of influential authors such as Anchee Min (Red Azalia) and Anne Summers (The Misogyny Factor).
The Perth Writers Festival runs from February 20 – February 23 and will be held at the beautiful University of Western Australia campus in Nedlands. Tickets can be purchased at the central ticketing venue at UWA during the festival or online.
For more information visit: http://2014.perthfestival.com.au/Whats-on-by-Genre/Perth-Writers-Festival.
Photos by David Cox