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Perth International Arts Festival presents

Perth Writers Festival in the Great Southern

Join us for readings, performances, workshops, debates and conversations.

, 10.00am

Various Locations in the Great Southern

Tickets Free Event

  • Writers

Show Date & Times

Various Locations in the Great Southern 10.00am*

  1. Feb S 21 *
  2. M 22 *
  3. T 23 *


In 2016 Perth Writers Festival in the Great Southern brings a selection of leading international and Australian authors and performers to Albany and Denmark. Join us for a packed program of readings, performances and conversation.

Visiting authors include Simon Winchester, Patrick deWitt, Jasper Fforde, Virginia Reeves, Paolo Bacigalupi and Paul West, along with dynamic performance group Sketch the Rhyme.


Author Events Sun 21–Tue 23 Feb
Sketch the Rhyme Thur 18–Fri 19 Feb

Sketch The Rhyme

Sketch The Rhyme

Sketch the Rhyme is a fresh and fun improvised theatrical battle of verbal wit, freestyle rhyme, cartoon illustration and live music. Join creator and MC Rapaport, MC P. Smurf, artist Sam Clouston and music director Josh Ahearn as they play off against each other in a game-show format, inspired by Pictionary, Celebrity Heads and Mr Squiggle. This is a unique, energy fuelled show combining the mediums of poetry, rap, visual art and music.

Albany Entertainment Centre, Kalyenup Studio
Thur 18 Feb, 7.30pm


Denmark Civic Centre
Fri 19 Feb, 7.30pm



Simon Winchester

An Evening with Simon Winchester

As the world’s largest body of water, the Pacific Ocean occupies roughly 165 million square kilometres and nearly one-third of the world’s surface. It has the Earth’s deepest trenches and is the generator and originator of much of the world’s weather. Simon Winchester takes us on a thrilling journey through the astonishing recent past, an uncertain present and the important future of this fascinating subject.

Albany Town Hall
Sun 21 Feb, 7.30–8.30pm



Paul West

An Australian River Cottage

Somewhere between Melbourne and Sydney, and nestled between the pristine Sapphire Coast and the imposing Mount Gulaga, lies the beautiful old dairy farm which is now the home of River Cottage Australia. With sustainability and environmental issues at the forefront of his thinking, host Paul West discovers fantastic bounty as he forages for food and shares the products of his culinary skills with the locals. Join him for lunch and a chat about food and produce.

Oranje Tractor
Mon 22 Feb, 1–3pm

TICKETS $50 (includes two-course lunch)


Patrick deWitt

Undermajordomo Minor

Shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for his much loved novel The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt’s latest book Undermajordomo Minor is a triumphant ink-black comedy of manners. An adventure story, a mystery and a searing portrayal of rural Alpine bad behaviour with a brandy tart, Undermajordomo Minor is above all a love story. And Lucy must be careful, for love is a violent thing. Join Patrick deWitt for a discussion about writing comedy, love stories and much more.

Albany Town Hall
Mon 22 Feb, 6–7pm



Virginia Reeves

Work Like Any Other

One of the most exciting discoveries of 2016, Virginia Reeves’ novel Work Like Any Other is a deeply affecting story of dispossession, injustice and redemption. Placing itself perfectly alongside acclaimed work by Philipp Meyer, Jane Smiley and J M Coetzee, this debut novel charts the story of Roscoe T Martin in rural Alabama in the 1920s. Gorgeously spare and brilliantly insightful, it will stay with you long after you finish reading it. Join Virginia Reeves for an in depth look at moral complexity and guilt.

Albany Town Hall
Mon 22 Feb, 7.30–8.30pm



Jasper Fforde

Changing Pace

Jasper Fforde’s writing is an eclectic mix of genres. He expertly blends fantasy, comedy, science fiction, thriller, crime and satire to produce stories with a distinctive voice, and his series have been highly acclaimed and much loved worldwide. Here he talks about the publication of his first standalone novel Early Riser and how writing a story in isolation changes the creative dynamic from writing characters and plot that exist in more than one work.

Albany Town Hall 
Tue 23 Feb, 6–7pm



Paolo Bacigalupi

The Water Knife

Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl was one of the most celebrated science fiction debuts of all time, winning both the Hugo and Nebula awards. His new novel The Water Knife is a brilliantly imagined, thrilling exploration of a future hammered by climate change and drought. Bringing the potential effects of climate change vividly to life, Bacigalupi weaves a compelling tale that calls into question our moral obligations in caring for the planet. Join him for a discussion about his new book.

Albany Town Hall
Tue 23 Feb, 7.30–8.30pm






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