It’s a Queer World

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A session at the recent Perth Writer’s Festival kicked off the day, and as I’d arrived early to get good parking, I made myself comfortable on a bean bag in the Auditorium while waiting. It’s a Queer World opened avenues in my thinking I’d either not known or reminded me of aspects I’d encountered over the years. Following are some points I took away from the session in which Robin Little led the discussion with Benjamin Law, Madison Moore, Ursula

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What Is Women’s Fiction Anyway?

Perth Festival Writers Week 2019 Last minute changes to sessions I attended were dictated by availability and my capacity to endure the incredible humidity that hit Perth, especially on the Saturday. Admittedly inside sessions were in air-conditioned comfort which made it far more pleasant. This is the first of three posts on selected sessions I attended over the weekend. What is Women’s Fiction Anyway? In this session Tess Woods interviewed Anthea Hodgson, Jennie Jones and Sasha Wasley. While the whole

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Perth Writers Week 2019 – Our Imagined Selves

Perth Writers Week 2019 – Our Imagined Selves This year’s writers’ week from 18th -24th February, offers once again, a vast range of sessions to choose from. What captures my interest? I’m keen to learn what Cormac O’Reilly is up to and about the inspiration behind Dervla McTiernan’s second crime fiction novel. McTiernan discusses her new book The Scholar. on Monday 18th February at the Literature Centre in Fremantle. Does travel broaden one’s mind? A rhetorical question in my books.

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West Coast Fiction Festival

West Coast Fiction Festival

The West Coast Fiction Festival – an author signing event and fund raiser for Share the Dignity – was quite the buzz in writing circles in Perth last weekend. It was held at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough on Saturday November 3rd and was a staggering success. Congratulations are well deserved and are extended to all who were involved in organising the event. Socialising all day is a rare thing in my books! So meeting so many authors who were

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7 benefits of going on a writers’ retreat

Beautiful bush setting

It’s winter here in Western Australia and there was no better place to be than with a group of friends in front of a log fire! Tess Woods recent Winter Writers’ Retreat in Geographe Bay in the south-west of Western Australia was the perfect escape! Here’s a snapshot of  what I gained. I could rave on for several pages but I know I’d lose you! (i) New friendships This is the most amazing benefit. Making new friends and creating close

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High Tea plus three highlights Perth Writers Festival 2018

Insights into a superb range of authors’ works made Perth Writers Festival 2018 a joyful learning experience. Highlights for me included – Debut novelist… Louise Allan talking about The Sisters’ Song. What a fabulous session to start with, superbly led by Jane Cornes Mclean. Louise treated her listeners to a reading from her debut novel and gave a bonus performance, singing the words Ida heard at her first recital! The beauty of her spontaneous performance brought tears to more than

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Perth Writers Week-February 2018

Perth Writers Week 2018 is happening from 19th-25th February. It’s a challenge choosing from a jam-packed program! Here are some sessions that have caught my attention from the amazing selection. Saturday 24th February Louise Allan talking about her debut novel, The Sisters’ Song at 9.30am Vasalisa the Wise and other Brave Young Women with author Kate Forsyth and illustrator Lorena Carrington at 10.30am The Water Bearer with Tracy Ryan at 1.00pm Poetry Land with Renee Schipp-Pettit and others at 4.00pm

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