Courtyard Sessions

A party to celebrate the power of words.

Courtyard, State Theatre Centre of WA

Tickets $10

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A party to celebrate the power of words.

Words and ideas come off the page and onto the stage for the exciting new Courtyard Sessions. Grab a drink and join us for two nights of spoken word, music, hip hop and comedy from a range of brilliant writers, performers and RTRFM 92.1 DJs.

On Friday we hear from three of the hottest spoken word artists – Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, Omar Musa and Ziggy, before USA’s Adrian Todd Zuniga hosts Literary Death Match. Touted as Def Poetry Jam meets American Idol, this hilarious competition sees four authors perform a short excerpt of their most electric work before a panel of all-star judges. From 5–7pm, guests from the night will join RTRFM 92.1 for a special live broadcast of Drivetime, direct from the Courtyard.

On Saturday we bring to life Nick Earls’ extraordinary series of linked novellas, Wisdom Tree, through music and readings with local performers. Then Marieke Hardy and Angie Hart bring you a special Perth Writers Festival edition of their smash-hit show Women of Letters – a captivating tribute to the lost art of letter writing.

Hosted by Black Comedy writer and star Nakkiah Lui.


Fri 24 Feb, 7.30pm

Wordsmiths Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, Omar Musa and Ziggy use humour and satire to get their messages across in bold, provocative ways. Experience the raw power of spoken word and hip hop as these high energy performers take over the Courtyard stage.


Fri 24 Feb, 8.30pm

Hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga.

Part literary event, part comedy night, part gameshow, Literary Death Match brings together Hera Lindsay Bird, Nathan Hill, Julie Koh and Jay Kristoff to compete in an edge-of-your-seat read-off. They will be critiqued by celebrity judges Peadar O’Guilin, Andrea Gibbs and Osamah Sami in a live showdown of wit and words.

Supported by Creative New Zealand and Culture Ireland


Sat 25 Feb, 6.40pm

Join literary legend Nick Earls for an evening of music, literature and drama as the stories of his novella series Wisdom Tree are brought to life. Featuring local performers and musicians, this unique evening will explore family life in the contemporary world of unpredictability, celebrity and terrorism.


Sat 25 Feb, 8pm

Literary phenomenon Women of Letters returns for a show themed ‘A Letter to How I Got It Back’. Madeleine Thien, Holly Throsby, Sisonke Msimang, Lindy West, Dana Vulin and Alison Whittaker take the stage with hosts Marieke Hardy and Angie Hart to pay homage to the lost art of letter writing.


Follow the conversation on Twitter with @PerWritersFest and #pwf17

Presented in association with RTRFM 92.1

Dates, Times & Access

Courtyard, State Theatre Centre of WA

Fri 24 Feb 
Raw Power
RTRFM 92.1 DJs 
Literary Death Match 

Sat 25 Feb 
Nick Earls' Wisdom Tree 
RTRFM 92.1 DJs 
Women of Letters 




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