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. Saturday 23rd’s session The World is Their Book is a High Tea to enjoy while listening to Bali Kaur Jaswal, Elleke Boehmer and Liz Byrski.

Alternatively, from 1-4pm on Saturday 23rd, I could attend The Business of Being a Writer with industry professionals sharing insights. I imagine this to be most useful for prospective publication amongst other aspects of writing.


There are alternatives to high teas and workshops though. With essays becoming increasingly popular, The Art of the Essay with Terri-Ann White in discussion with Fiona Wright, Peter Rose and Rachel Robertson is of interest.

This session is followed by (Re)writing History with Amanda Curtin and Andrew Miller. A little later on Saturday 23rd, historians and authors discuss Monash – Man & Myth.

There are numerous other sessions that pique my interest: The Gardens of Earthly Delights; The Old Greeks; A Stolen Season – all on the one day!

Sunday’s Sessions

Early in the day, The Children’s House will be followed by a couple of tough choices.

What is Women’s Fiction anyway? with Tess Woods in conversation with Sasha Wasley, Jennie Jones and Anthea Hodgson finishes just before two sessions I really need to choose between!

Is it really a choice between Jazz High Tea with Natasha Lester in conversation with John Collins and I Just Want to Say This? on Sunday 24th February. Yes! Learning about the limits of free speech is of increasing interest in our society where some of those who in positions of power seek to say (and do) what they will at cost to others.  I’m keen to learn what Anna Funder, Andrew Hansen, Jane Caro, and Greg Sheridan have to say on this topic.

On at the same time, a toss of the coin could see me at High Tea with Natasha Lester in conversation with John Collins talking about the roaring ’20s and The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book lies behind the title of Lester’s book, A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald which I thoroughly enjoyed. It seems rather obvious that attending the play the following weekend is a must do.

The program this year includes a handy list of Guest Speakers that makes it easier to navigate the complex number of presentations. In between sessions, the Amphitheatre is a great place to meet and catch up with friends. I hope to see you there.

Eileen Susan is a writer based in Perth's Darling Ranges, Western Australia. Her love for writing began as a child with compositions at school. Writing remains a passion, though it varies in nature, from short stories, to poetry, family biographies and memoir. Reading across a range of genres contributes to her love of life long learning. Studies at university broadened her horizons and love of the world of literature. She also enjoys photography and dabbles in art and other crafty hobbies, such as sewing. She is often found indulging in a good cup of coffee and gazing over the hills from her patio.

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