Perth Festival Bids Farewell to Katherine Dorrington

Thursday 27 July 2017


The Perth International Arts Festival bids farewell to Katherine Dorrington, who has led a 12-year adventure in words and ideas as program manager of the Perth Writers Festival.

Ms Dorrington is extending her well-deserved long service leave into a permanent departure from the Festival she joined in 2005. 

She invited hundreds of the world’s greatest writers to Perth, including Margaret Atwood, Jo Nesbo, Naomi Wolfe, Al Gore, China Miéville, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jonathan Franzen, Barry Lopez, Ahdaf Soueif and Jared Diamond. 

She improved access for booklovers young and old through the popular Family Day and the special writers’ precinct she established at the University of WA in 2008.

'Tens of thousands of adults and children across WA had the pleasure of meeting their literary heroes as a result of Katherine’s love of, and commitment to, words and books, and the brains behind them, Festival artistic director Wendy Martin said. 

'I congratulate Katherine on her many achievements, thank her for her hard work and dedication, and wish her the very best for the future,' Ms Martin said.

Ms Dorrington said it has been an incredible adventure programming the Perth Writers Festival for the last 12 years.

'Each year I have immersed myself in the best writing from around Australia and the world,' she said. 'I've met my literary heroes and discovered so many new favourites along the way. It has been a privilege to curate a program that has touched so many people and contributed to the cultural life of our wonderful city. 

A new appointment will be made ahead of the return of the writers program in February 2018.