Perth Writers Festival Blog

Wednesday 22 February

Q&A with Author Chinelo Okparanta

Nigerian-American author Chinelo Okparanta’s writing is both dark and deeply beautiful, and a potent voice for LGBQTI people. Her debut novel Under the Udala Trees, a gay woman’s coming of age story set against the backdrop of the Nigerian civil war, has received plenty of praise from the critics and has been called ‘a brave novel seeking to challenge prejudice.’


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Friday 17 February

Q&A with YA Author Peadar O’Guilin

Young Adult author Peadar O’Guilin describes his latest fantasy novel The Call as ‘a Harry Potter where everybody dies’. It’s no wonder the Irish novelist thinks that YA literature is the best way to get your heart racing.

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Wednesday 15 February

Meet Travel Author Agustinus Wibowo

To say that Indonesian travel writer and photographer Agustinus Wibowo has a passion for adventure and linguistics is an understatement – he has spent most of his life travelling to the far reaches of the world and currently speaks 16 languages. In his latest book Zero, his travels bring him home to spend time with his dying mother, a woman who lived her entire life in one small village.

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Wednesday 15 February

Dan Box on Bowraville and the Power of the Podcast

Crime reporter Dan Box turned Australia’s least known serial killings into front page news with his gripping podcast Bowraville.

Hear more from the award-winning journalist before his Perth Writers Festival sessions Cautionary Tales and Bowraville and his workshop The Power of the Podcast with Dan Box.

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Monday 9 January

Interview with Travel Writer Tim Cope

Gippsland-born travel writer Tim Cope has spent the best part of a decade pursuing adventure around Russia, Mongolia and Central Asia. His most famous journey, captured in his bestselling book On the Trail of Genghis Khan, took him from Mongolia to Hungary on horseback.

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Monday 2 January

Recommended Reading: non-fiction

From feminist manifestos to campaign trails and pioneering science, our 2017 Perth Writers Festival presents some of the most compelling non-fiction from authors around the world.

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Thursday 15 December

Perth Writers Festival Christmas Reading Guide

From award-winning fiction to feel-good reads, noble non-fiction to cult classics, there’s a book on our Christmas Reading Guide to suit everyone.

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Tuesday 6 December

What is Literary Death Match?

In a nutshell Literary Death Match is described as part literary event, part comedy show and part game show. It brings together four of today’s finest writers to compete in an edge-of-your-seat read-off critiqued by three celebrity judges, and concluded by a slapstick showdown to decide the ultimate champion.

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Thursday 17 November

5 Questions with Marwa al-Sabouni

Marwa al-Sabouni is a young architect, teacher and visionary based in war-torn Homs. Driven by a love of her home country – and deeply influenced by the philosophy of architecture – Marwa’s internationally published memoir The Battle for Home explores how a once beautiful and tolerant land reached its current state of violence and displacement.

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Tuesday 15 November

Songs of a War Boy

Deng Adut was a Sudanese child soldier who suffered a childhood filled with war, persecution and trauma, until he was rescued and eventually brought to Australia as a refugee. Now he is our 2017 NSW Australian of the Year. Read about his incredible journey before he joins your 2017 Perth Writers Festival.