Welcome To The World of Words

Perth Writers Festival

Sat 28 Feb – Mon 2 March

The perfect place to indulge your passion for beautiful writing, lively debate and big ideas

Join Perth’s favourite celebration of the written word as we take an exhilarating journey through the world of books, with more than 100 events for lovers of debate and discussion, poetry and storytelling. For three days the Perth Writers Festival creates a literary hub in the idyllic setting of the UWA campus. Join conversations with literary luminaries including the 2008 Booker shortlisted Sebastian Barry, former head of MI5 Stella Rimington, and New York Times‘ bestselling writer James McBride. Be enchanted by new work from Robert Drewe, Kate Grenville and Robert Dessaix.

On sale now are two very special events for lovers of fine food and soul inspiring travel; KOTO Dinner and Literary Lunch with Robert Dessaix.

Chef Tracey Lister and Andreas Pohl, developed a deep appreciation for Vietnamese cuisine while they worked in KOTO - a restaurant in Hanoi that teaches street kids how to become sought after hospitality professionals. Share tales of their compelling lives as you feast on a Vietnamese-influenced menu with fine wines.

From the Chinese-influenced dishes of the north to tropical fare of the south, this evening will inspire the gourmet traveller in us all.

KOTO Dinner, The University Club Banquet Hall, Thur 26 Feb, BOOK NOW

Join one of Australia’s favourite writers, Robert Dessaix for a magic carpet ride from Lisbon to the edge of the Sahara, from Paris to the south of France and Algiers, as he takes us to the places that influenced Nobel Prize-winning author Andre Gide throughout his unconventional and scandalous life. Speaking about his beautiful book Arabesques Robert draws on mediations and conversations with fellow-travellers on subjects as varied as why we travel, growing old and illicit passions.

Back by popular demand, New York’s hottest literary event The Moth features some of the best authors in the Festival.

Devotees of non-fiction will be fascinated by Alan Weisman, the worldwide bestselling author of The World Without Us, and Mark Kurlansky, renowned author of Cod and The Last Fish Tale.

We invite you to explore the program further.


Perth Writers Festival Brochure

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Given the breadth of the 2009 Perth Writers Festival, getting to every great event was impossible.

But rest assured, you won’t miss a moment of impassioned debate, lyrical writing or hearty laughter thanks to Festival podcast partner 720 ABC radio.

Many events are already formatted for enjoyment and many others are on their way.

Listen or subscribe by pasting http://www.abc.net.au/local/podcasts/perthwriters.xml in to your podcasting software or listen online.

Book Club eNews

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Ticketing Information


Ticketing Information

Tickets for the Perth Writers Festival opening address Peter Singer: The life you can save are currently on sale >> Book now

Tickets will go on sale Thursday 29 January.

Your full program will be in The West Magazine, Saturday 31 January.

The program includes a combination of free events and ticketed events across a number of venues.

Venue Information


Perth Writers Festival Precinct, UWA

Perth Writers Festival literary hub is on the idyllic setting of the UWA Crawley campus.

For more information: (08) 6488 5555

Situated near the Arts Faculty the Perth Writers Festival hub provides easy access to sessions, great cafe for lunch, coffee or a chat over a glass of wine and an extensive bookshop.

Located at the University of WA Campus on Stirling Highway, and is serviced by buses on both Stirling Highway and Mounts Bay Road. There is a set down / pick up point behind the theatre suitable for cars, taxis, maxi taxis & small buses. Enter off Hackett Drive adjacent to University House.
Transperth Infoline: 13 62 13

Ticketed parking is available on campus. Charges may apply. Free parking is available in the evenings and weekends. Campus map

For access information visit the Department of Culture and the Arts website.

Perth Writers Festival Presenting Partner

The University of Western Australia

The Moth Supported by

Rio Tinto

Supported By

The West Australian


Good Reading

The University of Western Australia Clib

Indigenous Program Partner


Podcast Partner

ABC 720 Perth