Perth Writers Festival Schools Day

Get involved in a series of engaging discussions with popular Australian and international authors as part of Perth Writers Festival Schools Day.

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Perth Writers Festival Precinct
Dolphin Theatre, UWA
Weatherburn Lecture Theatre
Writers Central
Banquet Hall, University Club, UWA
University Club Theatre, UWA
Winthrop Hall, UWA

Tickets $7.50–$18

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Get involved in a series of engaging discussions with popular Australian and international authors as part of Perth Writers Festival Schools Day.

The day will be filled with talks, storytelling, art and performance in fun and informative sessions designed to excite and inspire your students. Take advantage of the flexible ticketing structure, which allows you to tailor the day to suit your students’ needs.

During the morning and afternoon breaks, a series of interactive activities are on offer to further extend your Festival experience. Explore the magical world of the Harry Potter books as Professor Frankie Falconette brings to life the characters, creatures and adventures from J.K. Rowling’s bestselling series. Join in Pictionary fun with some of the attending authors, help artist Kylie Howarth create a public artwork with an awesome photo opportunity and get your books signed by your favourite authors.

Dates, Times & Access

Perth Writers Festival Precinct

Wheelchair access
 
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Dolphin Theatre, UWA

 
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Weatherburn Lecture Theatre

 
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Writers Central

 
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Banquet Hall, University Club, UWA

 
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University Club Theatre, UWA

 
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Winthrop Hall, UWA

Wheelchair access
 
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Schedule

DOLPHIN THEATRE

     

WEATHERBURN LECTURE THEATRE

     

WRITERS CENTRAL

    

BANQUET HALL

     

UNI CLUB THEATRE

     

WINTHROP HALL

9.45–10.30am

OPEN MIC

Oliver Phommavanh

 

MRS WHITLAM

Bruce Pascoe

 

HARD HITTING FICTION

Julia Lawrinson and Dianne Touchell

 

SUPER WOMEN

Lindy West, Clementine Ford and Anita Heiss

 

UNPARALLELED WORLD-BUILDING

Peadar O'Guilin and Garth Nix

 

POWERFUL WORDS

Inua Ellams, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa and Ziggy

Primary

 

Primary

 

Secondary

 

Secondary

 

Secondary

 

Secondary

 

10.30–11.45am

MORNING TEA

Activation sessions and book signings 

 

11.15am–12pm

WORDS AND PICTURES

Donovan Bixley

 

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS

Zana Fraillon and Oliver Phommavanh

 

THE CALL

Peadar O'Guilin

 

SONGS THAT SOUND LIKE BLOOD

Jared Thomas

 

RECLAIMING THE LANGUAGE OF BODY

Julia Lawrinson and Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa

 

MYSTERY AND ADVENTURE

Jacqueline Harvey and R.A. Spratt 

Primary

 

Primary

 

Secondary

 

Secondary

 

Secondary

 

Secondary

 

12–12.45pm

LUNCH

Activation sessions and book signings

 

12.45–1.30pm

COMIC CAPERS

James Foley

 

MECHANICA

Lance Balchin

 

INKY AWARDS

Longlist Announcement and panel discussion

 

HUMANISING SHAKESPEARE

Donovan Bixley

 

OLD KINGDOM

Garth Nix

 

SONGS OF A WAR BOY

Deng Thiek Adut

Primary

 

Primary

 

Secondary

 

Secondary

 

Secondary

 

Secondary

Primary Sessions

OPEN MIC

YEARS 1–6

Comedian Oliver Phommavanh takes you into the world of comedy and talks about his journey from the stage to the page. How different is doing stand up to penning funny stories? In this session he shares his tips and tricks for writing comedy.
9.45–10.30am

WORDS AND PICTURES

YEARS 1–3

Flying Furballs is the new action-packed adventure series from award-winning author and illustrator Donovan Bixley. Join Bixley as he explores the connection between words and pictures and talks about switching between the roles of illustrator and author. In this session he demonstrates his talent for drawing live on stage and delivers one of his energetic readings.
11.15am–12pm

COMIC CAPERS

YEARS 1–3

Meet Sally Tinker – the world’s foremost inventor under 12 and star of James Foley’s hilarious graphic novel Brobot. She just knows that she can build a better brother than baby Joe. Foley explains the process, joys and challenges of telling a story through
this visually engaging format.
12.45–1.30pm

MRS WHITLAM

YEARS 4–6

Mrs Whitlam is no ordinary Clydesdale pony. Marnie lives on the outskirts of town and struggles to fit in. When their lives come together, remarkable things happen and an extraordinary friendship is forged. Bruce Pascoe is at the height of his power with his latest book Mrs Whitlam – a story of bravery and healing told through evocative prose.
9.45–10.30am

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS

YEARS 4–6

Zana Fraillon’s The Bone Sparrow tells the story of Subhi, a young refugee living in an Australian detention centre. In Oliver Phommavanh’s novel The Other Christy we meet a young Cambodian girl struggling to adjust to her new life in Australia. Through different approaches both authors explore race, prejudice, displacement and the struggle for identity whilst beautifully capturing the human condition.
11.15am–12pm

MECHANICA

YEARS 4–6

Welcome to future Earth. The environment has collapsed, species have become extinct and the land can no longer support nature. To replace lost species robotic designers craft Mechanica. Join creator Lance Balchin as he takes you through his field guide to the Mechanica creatures, sharing his beautiful steampunk-inspired illustrations in a dystopian tale for our times.
12.45–1.30pm

Secondary Sessions

HARD HITTING FICTION

YEARS 7–12

Julia Lawrinson and Dianne Touchell are two writers whose work explores hard hitting subject matter in fiction. Lawrinson’s Before You Forget and Touchell’s Forgetting Foster explore the impact of disease on a family through the eyes of two young adolescents. At times funny, at times heartbreaking, both novels are unflinchingly honest.
9.45–10.30am

UNPARALLELED WORLD-BUILDING

YEARS 7–12

Garth Nix and Peadar O’Guilin discuss how fairytales, traditional myths and folklore have impacted and influenced their work. These two highly acclaimed fantasy authors share their writing journeys and explain how they create such vivid and compelling worlds and characters.
9.45–10.30am

POWERFUL WORDS

YEARS 7–12

Hear three of the hottest wordsmiths – Inua Ellams, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa and Ziggy – discuss spoken word and hip hop as art forms and perform a piece of their work. These artists mix old forms with new, using a blend of humour and satire to address important issues and get their messages across.
9.45–10.30am

MYSTERY AND ADVENTURE

YEARS 7–12

Award-winning authors Jacqueline Harvey and R.A. Spratt join us to talk about the evolution of their popular series Alice-Miranda and Friday Barnes. Harvey’s Alice-Miranda is perpetually positive and Spratt’s Friday Barnes has a knack for uncovering the truth. Meet the creators of these unusual heroines as they talk about their love of writing and discuss how they cleverly craft their plots – using mystery and adventure to drive their narratives.
11.15am–12pm

RECLAIMING THE LANGUAGE OF BODY

YEARS 7–12

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa performs a spoken word piece that responds to the idea that the bodies of adolescent women are often shaped and defined by language that is out of their control. Followed by a discussion with YA author and Stella Schools Ambassador Julia Lawrinson around young people reclaiming language.
11.15am–12pm

HUMANISING SHAKESPEARE

YEARS 7–12

Donovan Bixley spent ten years working on his illustrated biography Much Ado About Shakespeare. In a session that humanises this literary god, Bixley uncovers a side to Shakespeare you’ve never seen before. He’ll talk about the inspiration behind his paintings and discuss why Shakespeare is still relevant 400 years after his death.
12.45–1.30pm

SONGS OF A WAR BOY

YEARS 7–12

Deng Thiak Adut was taken from his family in Sudan at six and conscripted into the army as a child soldier. He came to
Australia as a refugee at the age of 14 and now works as a lawyer and community advocate, committed to making a positive difference to the lives of others. Join Adut as he shares his remarkable journey from child soldier to refugee lawyer.
12.45–1.30pm

INKY AWARDS LONGLIST ANNOUNCEMENT

YEARS 7–12

Voted by teen readers of InsideaDog.com.au, the Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature. Program Coordinator for the Centre for Youth Literature Adele Walsh and 2016 teen judge Chloe Kam talk all things Inky and announce the longlisted books for 2017.
12.45–1.30pm

SUPER WOMEN

YEARS 9–12

Three fearless women take to the stage to wage a conversation on gender equality, social justice and body image. Join Lindy West, Clementine Ford and Anita Heiss as
they discuss these issues and look at the benefits and dangers of social media and how it alters the way we communicate.
9.45–10.30am

THE CALL

YEARS 9–12

Irish author Peadar O’Guilin brings a powerful and original voice to the YA genre. His latest work The Call is a gripping,
remorseless novel that stays with you long after you’ve turned the last page. Could you survive The Call? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear from one of the most
exciting new writers in YA.
11.15am–12pm

SONGS THAT SOUND LIKE BLOOD

YEARS 9–12

Join Jared Thomas as he talks about his latest novel Songs That Sound Like Blood, a coming-of-age story that deals with identity, race, sexual orientation and the pressures of growing up. Roxy’s got music in her soul and songs in her blood. When she moves to the city to follow her music dream, she also embarks on a confronting emotional journey.
11.15am–12pm

OLD KINGDOM

YEARS 9–12

One of the greatest living fantasy writers and creator of the Old Kingdom series, Garth Nix continues to produce stories
that push the boundaries between the real and imagined. Join him for a chat about his latest book Frogkisser! and how a single idea can explode into a whole world.
12.45–1.30pm

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