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Our Top Picks At This Year’s Perth Writers Festival

By Ella Liascos - 12 Feb 2017


This year’s Perth Writers Festival is overflowing with interesting conversations, fascinating panel discussions and workshops that will give your brain a whole lot to ponder. With plenty on offer, there’s sure to be more than one topic that will pique your interests—from the positives and pitfalls of social connectivity to the science of shaping your brain—it’s a safe place to nerd-out on topics that you might not come across all that often.

To help you decide what to go to, here are 9 of the best events we think you can't miss at this year's Perth Writers Festival.

Courtyard Sessions

With two shows on Friday night and two more on Saturday, there's loads to catch at the Courtyard Sessions. Raw Power uses humour, satire, hip-hop and poetry to express some pretty provocative messages which are much more easily digested when packaged so artfully by the home-grown talents involved. On Saturday night, join literary legend Nick Earle as the stories of his novella series 'The Wisdom Tree' are brought to life through music. 

Where: Courtyard, State Theatre Centre of WA
When: Friday 24 and Saturday 25 Feb
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Shaping The Mind

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young has been dubbed the Helen Keller of neuroplasty and it’s no surprise. Follow the author of the international bestseller 'The Woman Who Changed Her Brain' as she shares insights into the science of rewiring the brain—learned from years of research and program development to harness this ability over your lifetime—this talk might just change the way you think.

Where: Octagon Theatre, UWA
When: Friday 24 February
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#Hashtag Headlines

Living in a world where Instagram, Facebook and hashtags are an all-consuming part of our lives, this is one we could all benefit from. Join the panel discussion with Mark Di Stefano, Lindy West and Mark Colvin, hosted by Di Darmody, as they discuss the pros and cons of our social connectivity. With a focus on the impact it has on politics and policy, this is a chance to get down and dirty with some of the most topical issues of our time.

Where: Dolphin Theatre, UWA
When: Saturday 25 February
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Songs Of A War Boy

Featuring the raw and fascinating background of refugee Deng Adut and his experience as a Sudanese child soldier, this is a story you won't forget. Deng will share his experiences overcoming adversity and going on to become a lawyer and passionate supporter of the disenfranchised. A seriously remarkable story, this will inspire even the coldest of hearts to feel a bit more compassion.

Where: Octagon Theatre, UWA
When: Saturday 25 February
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Creativity Bound

Creativity Bound presents Anna North, Zoe Morrison, Jessie Burton and Nick Earles in a discussion about the pressures of being a creative and whether or not this means we need to compromise on relationships in the process. Talking with Annabelle Smith about the pull between art and heart, you can also follow the conversation (as with all conversations) @PerWritersFest and #pwf17.

Where: Dolphin Theatre, UWA
When: Friday 24 February
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Saltwater Women

With 80% of our population living along the coastline, this is one for all WA locals. Hosted by Dylan Coleman and Sarah Drummond, follow their talk with Jenny Ackland about their life in relation to the water and their connection to the coast.

Where: Tropical Grove, Perth Writers Festival Precinct
When: Saturday 25 February
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here

The Big Read

Featuring seven established and emerging poets including Alison Whittaker, Amanda Joy, Caitlin Maling, Charlotte Guest, Hera Lindsay Bird, Susan Varga and Zoe Barnard, each will be given seven minutes to present their works to their audience as a part of The Australian Poets Festival.

Where: Tropical Grove, Perth Writers Festival Precinct
When: Saturday 25 February
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Beyond Clicktivism

Another Q&A style conversation ensues between writer and feminist Clementine Ford and broadcaster and columnist for the Guardian, Jeff Sparrow as they talk to David Cohen about political engagement in 2017. Discussing whether social media activity counts as activism, they’ll get you thinking as they present questions regarding the new term ‘clicktivism,’ and whether it has become the new norm in political participation.

Where: Winthrop Hall, UWA
When: Saturday 25 February
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Closing Address: Marwa Al-Soubini

Marwa Al-Soubini will be looking at how the built environment impacts the communities who live in them. The Syrian architect and mother of two stayed put in her hometown throughout the civil war and has since written 'The Battle' which suggests that the architecture of Syria and the divide it caused may have been a major cause of the war. With almost a million people tuning in to listen her TED Talk you can be sure this will be a good one!

Where: Octagon Theatre, UWA
When: Sunday 26 February
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