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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Perth Writers Festival Fri 4 - Mon 7 March 2011

"Beautiful writing, lively debate and big ideas on the beautiful grounds of The University of Western Australia"
(quote from the program)

And there was a fantastic line up of events in store with a little bit of something for everyone, .... adults, children, writers and more.  We wish we could have found time to attend ALL of the events. Some of us managed to attend a few :

An Evening with Annie Proulx - We heard Annie talk about her latest book BirdCloud which is part biography and about her relationship wih the land as she talks about her home in Wyoming.

All in A Days Work -  David Whish-Wilson,  Leah Giarratano and Malla Nunn talked about novel writing, how and why they choose to write Crime fiction.

Cultural Conversations - Kim Scott and Simone Lazaroo talk about ways they explore cultural exchange in their fiction.

Starting Early - We listened to some of our favourite children's authors talk about their favourite books, ... the books that made them want to read more and more.  Wendy Orr, Brian Falkner, Andrew Joyner and Sue Whiting took us on a wonderful trip down memory lane .... as we remembered secret passages, solving mysteries, beautiful valleys, and more! Wendy Orr mentioned her love for Heidi which had a huge impact on her life.  Brian Falkner was influenced by Enid Blyton's Famous Five, Willard Price and as he grew older he read Alistair McClaine.  Andrew Joyner read from George and Martha and made us all laugh.  Sue Whiting brought with her an old copy of Enid Blyton's Famous Five which she loved reading as a child. Also    Donna Parker.  There were more books mentioned including the books that children love to read today. Interesting questions were asked by members of the audience many of whom mentioned their own experiences with reading. One person mentioned the books of Violet Needham whom none of us have heard of.  A quick look on the internet resulted in us finding out that The Violet Needham Society exists and more information can be found here.

Animagica -  The music of Amiina with the films of Lotte Reiniger. (Cinderella, Aladdin and the Magic Lamp and Sleeping Beauty.) This was beautiful to watch and a most enjoyable experience.

A brief glimpse (Just to get an idea ... here is a few seconds of Red Riding Hood!)

More information on the festival:
Perth Writers Festival (previous events)

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