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Quantum Words Perth Festival 2022

16 September - 18 September
Perth Cultural Centre, Francis Street and, William St
Northbridge, WA 6003

The unique writers' festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder!

Find out more Quantum Words Perth Festival 2022

Quantum Words Perth Festival 2022

16 September - 18 September
Perth Cultural Centre, Francis Street and, William St
Northbridge, WA 6003

The unique writers' festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder!

More than 40 exciting writers and thinkers from around Australia will take part in over 20 events across three days, stimulating fascinating conversations about the things that really matter (and some that don't!).

Find the full program on Quantum Words Perth's website.

Cost: Free – $5

Quantum Words Perth Festival 2022 Schools Program

16 September
John Curtin College of the Arts, 90 Ellen Street
Fremantle, WA 6160

Head along to the Quantum Words Perth specially designed schools program, which will be held at John Curtin College of the Arts in Fremantle. Visit Quantum Words Perth’s website for…

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Quantum Words Perth Festival 2022 Schools Program

16 September
John Curtin College of the Arts, 90 Ellen Street
Fremantle, WA 6160

Head along to the Quantum Words Perth specially designed schools program, which will be held at John Curtin College of the Arts in Fremantle.

Visit Quantum Words Perth's website for the full schools program.

Cost: Free

Quantum Words Perth Schools Program: Changing the story, Making a positive difference

16 September @ 9:25 am - 10:15 am
John Curtin College of the Arts, 90 Ellen Street
Fremantle, WA 6160

Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

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Quantum Words Perth Schools Program: Changing the story, Making a positive difference

16 September @ 9:25 am - 10:15 am
John Curtin College of the Arts, 90 Ellen Street
Fremantle, WA 6160

The Western Swamp Tortoise, endemic to a small portion of Western Australia, is the most endangered Australian reptile. The effort to bring this species back from the brink of extinction is one that involves a range of strategies including rehabilitation of wetland habitats and the translocation of zoo-bred animals to nature reserves. This is work being done both by scientists and passionate community members and in this session you will hear about how this combined effort is bringing about positive change.

Speakers include Neeve Blackham-JenningsMandy BamfordNicki Mitchell and Anthony James.

Cost: Free

Quantum Words Perth Schools Program: Cool Jobs

16 September @ 10:15 am - 11:00 am
John Curtin College of the Arts, 90 Ellen Street
Fremantle, WA 6160

Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

Find out more Quantum Words Perth Schools Program: Cool Jobs

Quantum Words Perth Schools Program: Cool Jobs

16 September @ 10:15 am - 11:00 am
John Curtin College of the Arts, 90 Ellen Street
Fremantle, WA 6160

The future of work is changing rapidly and the potential of STEM careers is expanding. In this session leading science professionals unpack their cool jobs, sharing their inspirations, challenges and achievement in diverse fields of science and science communication.

Speakers include biologist and natural history author Danielle Clode2019 Western Australia Scientist of the Year Phil Bland and pastoralist David Pollock.

Cost: Free

Quantum Words Perth Schools Program: Young Dark Emu

16 September @ 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
John Curtin College of the Arts, 90 Ellen Street
Fremantle, WA 6160

Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

Find out more Quantum Words Perth Schools Program: Young Dark Emu

Quantum Words Perth Schools Program: Young Dark Emu

16 September @ 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
John Curtin College of the Arts, 90 Ellen Street
Fremantle, WA 6160

In Young Dark Emu – A Truer HistoryBruce Pascoe uses the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, to argue for an understanding of Australia prior to the arrival of Europeans as a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and thriving villages.

Bruce discusses his work with Anthony James.

Cost: Free

Quantum Words Perth Schools Program: Art, Science and Technology

16 September @ 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
John Curtin College of the Arts, 90 Ellen Street
Fremantle, WA 6160

Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

Find out more Quantum Words Perth Schools Program: Art, Science and Technology

Quantum Words Perth Schools Program: Art, Science and Technology

16 September @ 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
John Curtin College of the Arts, 90 Ellen Street
Fremantle, WA 6160

Wolfgang Bylsma is Editor in Chief of Gestalt, Australia’s leading independent graphic novel publishing house, and a producer of the award-winning animated series, The Deep.

Justin Randall is an illustrator and graphic novelist best known for his award-winning series Changing Ways. In this session Wolf and Justin will share their insights into the ways in which science and technology can inspire creativity and give us new and immersive ways to share stories.

Cost: Free

Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Why Humans Make Art

17 September @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

'Why Humans Make Art' is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

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Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Why Humans Make Art

17 September @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

Every human society makes pictures, sings songs and tells stories, but why do we do it? Is there an evolutionary imperative to make art?

Noongar musicologist Clint Bracknell, evolutionary biologist Rob Brooks and poet Annamaria Weldon talk with festival director Jane McCredie about the meanings and uses of art and what scientists and artists can learn from each other.

Cost: $5

Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Does the Algorithm Feel Pain?

17 September @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

'Does the Algorithm Feel Pain?' is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

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Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Does the Algorithm Feel Pain?

17 September @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

Science fiction writers have long imagined intelligent robots taking over the world. A Google software engineer caused a storm earlier this year when he claimed one of their programs was displaying sentient behaviour. Physicist Stephen Hawking suggested the development of artificial intelligence posed a profound threat to the future of humanity.

Computer scientist Tim French and science fiction aficionado Stefen Brazulaitis discuss the dangers of the algorithm with former WA Chief Scientist Lyn Beazley.

Cost: $5

Quantum Words Perth Family Event: Nyoongar Dreaming Stories

17 September @ 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
WA Museum Hackett Hall, Perth Cultural Centre
Perth, WA 6000

"Nyoongar Dreaming Stories' is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

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Quantum Words Perth Family Event: Nyoongar Dreaming Stories

17 September @ 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
WA Museum Hackett Hall, Perth Cultural Centre
Perth, WA 6000

South-west Dreaming Stories have played a critical role in Nyoongar culture, practises, protocols and lifestyles. Author and musician Alton Walley will bring a selection of these stories to life for young readers, conveying powerful messages about respect, sustainability, friendship, family values and equality.

This event is free but bookings are recommended.

Cost: Free

Quantum Words Perth Main Program: On Fire!

17 September @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

'On Fire!' is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

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Quantum Words Perth Main Program: On Fire!

17 September @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

It’s a fundamental tool, but also one of our greatest fears.

Join former NSW Fire Commissioner Greg Mullins, Indigenous fire expert Oral McGuire and cultural geographer Lesley Head as they talk with Anthony James about our relationship with fire and the challenges we are likely to face as the planet warms.

Cost: $5

Quantum Words Perth Family Event: Stellarphant

17 September @ 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
WA Museum Hackett Hall, Perth Cultural Centre
Perth, WA 6000

'Stellarphant' is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

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Quantum Words Perth Family Event: Stellarphant

17 September @ 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
WA Museum Hackett Hall, Perth Cultural Centre
Perth, WA 6000

Stella wants to be an astronaut. There is only one problem: Stella is an elephant. Every time she applies to Space Command, they come up with a new reason she can’t join. But where there’s a will, there’s a way and Stella is determined to reach for the stars. Join author/illustrator James Foley as he takes young readers on a journey that will prove heroes come in all shapes, sizes and species!

This event is free but bookings are recommended.

Cost: Free

Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Packing for Mars

17 September @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

Packing for Mars is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

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Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Packing for Mars

17 September @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

What would it really take for humans to journey to Mars?

Planetary scientist Katarina Miljkovic, Mars volunteer Josh Richards, and children’s author HM Waugh talk to astronomer Natasha Hurley-Walker about the problems we’d need to solve to get there and what they’ll be putting in their own backpacks.

Cost: $5

Quantum Words Perth Family Event: Heroes of Science

17 September @ 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
WA Museum Hackett Hall, Perth Cultural Centre
Perth, WA 6000

'Heroes of Science' is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

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Quantum Words Perth Family Event: Heroes of Science

17 September @ 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
WA Museum Hackett Hall, Perth Cultural Centre
Perth, WA 6000

Australian children’s author Cristy Burne is passionate about empowering our next generation of creative, science-savvy citizens. In this fun session for children Cristy puts the spotlight on some of her personal heroes of science. Ages 8+

This event is free but bookings are recommended.

Cost: Free

Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Quacks, Conspiracy Theorists and Actual Evidence

17 September @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

'Quacks, Conspiracy Theorists & Actual Evidence' is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science and creativity.

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Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Quacks, Conspiracy Theorists and Actual Evidence

17 September @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

Social media may try to convince you otherwise, but climate change is not a hoax, vaccines don’t cause autism, and the paleo diet really isn’t good for babies.

In a world where misinformation spreads more quickly than even the most contagious virus, emergency physician Michelle Johnston, climate scientist Petra Tschakert and journalist Jane McCredie join journalist and author David Allan-Petale to discuss how to tell the difference between pseudoscience and quality information.

Cost: $5

Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Farming for our future

17 September @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

'Farming for our Future' is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

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Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Farming for our future

17 September @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

In his ground-breaking book, Dark EmuBruce Pascoe described the farming and land management practices of Indigenous Australians, developed over thousands of years to produce food sustainably on the Australian continent.

On his property in the Murchison region of WA, David Pollock is committed to sustainable practice and to repairing the ecological damage of the past.

They talk with Meri Fatin about what the future of farming might look like.

Cost: $5

Quantum Words Perth Special Event: Frankenstein’s Reproducibility Crisis

17 September @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
WA Museum Hackett Hall, Perth Cultural Centre
Perth, WA 6000

'Frankenstein’s Reproducibility Crisis' is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

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Quantum Words Perth Special Event: Frankenstein’s Reproducibility Crisis

17 September @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
WA Museum Hackett Hall, Perth Cultural Centre
Perth, WA 6000

In 2018, on the 200th anniversary of the publication of FrankensteinOron Catts decided to follow Victor Frankenstein’s footsteps looking for material evidence of the fictional events described in the book, particularly Frankenstein’s attempt to create a female companion for the creature he’d created in Ingolstadt. Join us to find out what he discovered on a remote island in the Orkneys.

This is a catered event. Ticket price includes drinks and canapes.

Cost: $80

Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Diverse Minds

18 September @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

'Diverse Minds' is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

Find out more Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Diverse Minds

Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Diverse Minds

18 September @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

With the stresses of contemporary life, not to mention the odd pandemic, many of us face mental health challenges. And what even is a “healthy” mind anyway?

Writers Patrick Marlborough and Barry Nicholls and psychiatrist Helen Milroy talk to author Rachel Robertson about how we can tell stories of diverse minds in ways that avoid stigma and help build better and more inclusive societies.

Cost: $5

Quantum Words Perth Main Program: The Hidden Meanings in Maps

18 September @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

'The Hidden Meaning in Maps' is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

Find out more Quantum Words Perth Main Program: The Hidden Meanings in Maps

Quantum Words Perth Main Program: The Hidden Meanings in Maps

18 September @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

Maps are just a tool to navigate from one place to another, right? Well, no. Mapping is an ancient human technology, deeply embedded in cultural and ideological assumptions, and for centuries a key tool of colonial powers.

The State Library of WA’s John Hughes, Noongar cultural consultant Sandra Harben and writer Danielle Clode talk with Jane McCredie about different ways of understanding and navigating Country and the impact of Western mapping technologies on Australia.

Cost: $5

Quantum Words Perth Family Event: Backyard Bugs and Birds

18 September @ 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
WA Museum Hackett Hall, Perth Cultural Centre
Perth, WA 6000

'Backyard Bugs and Birds' is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

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Quantum Words Perth Family Event: Backyard Bugs and Birds

18 September @ 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
WA Museum Hackett Hall, Perth Cultural Centre
Perth, WA 6000

From beautiful butterflies to kaleidoscopic Christmas beetles, from laughing kookaburras to prancing mudlarks, First Nations author and illustrator Helen Milroy will delight young audiences with her demonstrations of the birdsong to be heard, and examples of the crawly, scuttling, buzzing insects to be found in our backyards.

This event is free but bookings are recommended.

Cost: Free

Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Let’s Talk About Sex

18 September @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

'Let's Talk About Sex' is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

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Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Let’s Talk About Sex

18 September @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

Humans are unusual animals in having sex – lots of sex – that has nothing to do with the reproduction of the species.

Novelist Jennifer Mills writes speculative fiction about bodies, sex, gender and power. Evolutionary scientist Rob Brooks has spent years studying why, when and how we have sex. Author Josephine Taylor has turned to fiction to explore the vexed history of female sexuality and attempts to control it. They join Natasha Mitchell to discuss the present and future of fornication.

Cost: $5

Quantum Words Perth Family Event: Edible Insects

18 September @ 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
WA Museum Hackett Hall, Perth Cultural Centre
Perth, WA 6000

'Edible Insects' is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

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Quantum Words Perth Family Event: Edible Insects

18 September @ 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
WA Museum Hackett Hall, Perth Cultural Centre
Perth, WA 6000

STEM Stars, stories and edible bugs converge in this exciting session. Children’s author Dianne Wolfer will share amazing facts about why eating insects is a great idea for the planet, and for our bodies. She’ll share the writing journey of Skye Blackburn-Lang: Eating bugs for the planet, and maybe even bring some edible insect products for you to try!

This event is free but bookings are recommended.

Cost: Free

Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Writing Catastrophe

18 September @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

'Writing Catastrophe' is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

Find out more Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Writing Catastrophe

Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Writing Catastrophe

18 September @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

Whether it’s mega-fires, a global pandemic or the shameful history of the asbestos industry, writing about disasters can take a toll.

Emergency physician and novelist Michelle Johnston, former NSW Fire Commissioner Greg Mullins and author James Bradley join Meri Fatin to discuss how we write about catastrophes past and future without abandoning hope.

Cost: $5

Quantum Words Perth Family Program: The Magic of Science

18 September @ 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
WA Museum Hackett Hall, Perth Cultural Centre
Perth, WA 6000

'The Magic of Science' is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

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Quantum Words Perth Family Program: The Magic of Science

18 September @ 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
WA Museum Hackett Hall, Perth Cultural Centre
Perth, WA 6000

Wednesday Weeks is a reluctant sorcerer’s apprentice who would rather study science than magic, which asks the question: In a world of magic, can science save the day? Join author Cristy Burne to find out.  Ages 8+

This event is free but bookings are recommended.

Cost: Free

Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Our Family and Other Animals

18 September @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

'Our Family and Other Animals' is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

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Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Our Family and Other Animals

18 September @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

Since the first wolf nestled in beside a campfire, humans and other animals have formed strong symbiotic relationships. City dwellers today still gasp in awe at a breaching whale or fill with joy at the evening chorus of frogs.

Zoologist Danielle Clode, psychiatrist and children’s author Helen Milroy and writer Jennifer Mills talk with Stephen Bevis about why connection with other animals is so important to us and who we would be without it.

This session is dedicated in memory of Tricia the Elephant, a much loved member of our Western Australian family.

Cost: $5

Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Big Problems, Big Solutions

18 September @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

'Big Problems, Big Solution' is part of Quantum Words Perth - a writers festival dedicated to science, creativity and wonder.

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Quantum Words Perth Main Program: Big Problems, Big Solutions

18 September @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), 25 Francis St
Perth, WA 6000

From environmental threats to warmongering despots, the list of challenges our world faces can seem overwhelming. We bring together a panel of writers, thinkers and scientists to tackle the hardest questions of our times.

Join Bruce PascoeLesley HeadJames Bradley and Michelle Johnston in conversation with Natasha Mitchell about the big ideas that could help to build a better world.

Cost: $5

2022 AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things

27 September - 1 October
Various locations around the Perth CBD
Perth, WA 6000

The AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things (the AWESOME Festival) is presented annually in the Perth CBD.

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2022 AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things

27 September - 1 October
Various locations around the Perth CBD
Perth, WA 6000
Cost: Free – $45

Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival 2022

29 September - 2 October
Geraldton Regional Library, 37 Marine Terrace
Geraldton, WA 6530

The highly anticipated Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival is back again in Geraldton for 2022, running from 29 September to 2 October.

Find out more Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival 2022

Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival 2022

29 September - 2 October
Geraldton Regional Library, 37 Marine Terrace
Geraldton, WA 6530

The highly anticipated Big Sky Readers and Writers Festival is back again in Geraldton for 2022, running from 29 September to 2 October.

Many thanks to our major partners – Sandra Carr MLC and Darren West MLC – Agricultural Regions and Lara Dalton MLA Member for Geraldton, Geraldton Universities Centre, Writing WA, with many other partners to acknowledge very soon.

This year's theme is kaleidoscope!

Head to the City of Greater Geraldton Regional Library's website for festival guests and program.

UWRF Perth: All in a Flash

21 October @ 9:30 am - 10:15 am
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Flash fiction is a genre fast growing in popularity with both writers and readers. So what’s the attraction and what do you need to know to write great flash? 

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UWRF Perth: All in a Flash

21 October @ 9:30 am - 10:15 am
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Flash fiction is a genre fast growing in popularity with both writers and readers. So what’s the attraction and what do you need to know to write great flash?

Editor and publisher Laura Keenan unpacks the answers to these questions with a panel of West Australian writers including Mabel Gibson, Paul J. Laverty, Meg Anderson and Amy Budrikis.

Cost: $12

UWRF Perth: Whitewashing

21 October @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

In this session Siang Lu will unpack the connections between power, politics, profit and racial stereotyping, and consider what can be done to shift the needle towards mainstream cultural acceptance…

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UWRF Perth: Whitewashing

21 October @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Siang Lu’s debut novel, The Whitewash, is a searing black comedy about the whitewashing of the Asian film industry and ‘a scathing satire of the big-budget film industry’s ethnic and racial myopia‘ (The Conversation).

In this session Siang will unpack the connections between power, politics, profit and racial stereotyping, and consider what can be done to shift the needle towards mainstream cultural acceptance of Asians in film and TV.

Cost: $12

UWRF Perth: The Writing Life

21 October @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Australian authors Emily Brugman, (The Islands) and Miles Franklin Award-winning author Jennifer Down (Bodies of Light) speak with Gillian O’Shaughnessy about their pathways to writing success, what it takes to establish a writing career, and…

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UWRF Perth: The Writing Life

21 October @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Establishing a life as a professional writer requires a certain amount of gumption – courage and determination.

Australian authors Emily Brugman, (The Islands) and Miles Franklin Award-winning author Jennifer Down (Bodies of Light) speak with Gillian O’Shaughnessy about their pathways to writing success, what it takes to establish a writing career, and what inspired them to write their latest novels.

Cost: $12

UWRF Perth: Writing and Rights

21 October @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Andreas Harsono joins historian Vannessa Hearman to discuss the ‘idea of Indonesia’ and consider how race and religion have become increasingly prevalent in the politics of the Post-Suharto era.

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UWRF Perth: Writing and Rights

21 October @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Author and journalist Andreas Harsono started his career as a reporter for the Bangkok-based Nation and the Kuala Lumpur-based Star newspapers and since 2008 he has covered Indonesia for Human Rights Watch.

Andreas Harsono joins historian Vannessa Hearman to discuss the ‘idea of Indonesia’ and consider how race and religion have become increasingly prevalent in the politics of the Post-Suharto era.

NB Andreas Harsono will be joining online.

Cost: $12

UWRF Perth: Journeys to the Page

22 October @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Authors Emily Brugman and Ahmad Fuadi are writers who have each found literary inspiration in journeys.

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UWRF Perth: Journeys to the Page

22 October @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Authors Emily Brugman and Ahmad Fuadi are writers who have each found literary inspiration in journeys.

Emily’s debut novel, The Islands, is inspired by her Finnish family’s migration experiences, and their time spent living and working on the Abrolhos Islands between 1959-1972.

In Ahmad Fuadi’s best-selling novel, Negri 5 Menara (The Land of Five Towers) Ali travels to a remote Javanese village to attend boarding school.

Meanwhile, Emily and Ahmad meet on the Ubud Writers Festival Perth stage, having journeyed from Byron Bay and Jakarta respectively.

Cost: $12

UWRF Perth: Saltwater Diplomacy

22 October @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Join author Tim Baker (Patting the Shark) and film producer Chris Binns as they discuss Australia’s surfing ambassadors, the history and culture of the surf scene in both countries, and the friendships that have…

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UWRF Perth: Saltwater Diplomacy

22 October @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Australian surfers have been building ‘people-to-people’ relationships with Indonesia since at least the 1970’s.

Join author Tim Baker (Patting the Shark) and film producer Chris Binns as they discuss Australia’s surfing ambassadors, the history and culture of the surf scene in both countries, and the friendships that have been built on the waves.

With thanks to the Australian Surf Film Archive for permission to screen selected footage.

Tim Baker is an award-winning author, journalist and storyteller specializing in surfing history and culture, working across a wide variety of media from books and magazines to film, video, and theatre. He is the best-selling author of The Rip Curl StoryOccy, High Surf, Bustin’ Down The Door, Surf For Your Life, Century of Surf and Surfari.  He is a former editor of Tracks, Surfing Life and Slow Living magazines, a three-time winner of the Surfing Australia Hall of Fame Culture Award, and a popular and compelling public speaker. His most recent book is Patting the Shark.

Chris Binns is not only a distant God-relative of Tim Baker, he also followed his footsteps to the editor’s chair at Australia’s Surfing Life magazine. Fifty issues of ASL later Chris is now Red Bull’s global surfing editor, a regular World Surf League commentator and contributing video producer for renegade surf media outlet Stab. Chris tries his best to live his life by the ocean without too much work getting in the way, and after 15 years spent between the Gold Coast, Bali and Yallingup things are going very much according to plan.

Cost: $12

UWRF Perth: 1000 Words

22 October @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

In this conversation Ahmad Fuadi and Tee Ken Ng discuss the differences between ‘showing’ and ‘telling’ and consider whether one picture really is worth a thousand words – or more?

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UWRF Perth: 1000 Words

22 October @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Author and scriptwriter Ahmad Fuadi and graphic artist and animator Tee Ken Ng are adept at the art of visual storytelling.

In this conversation they discuss the differences between ‘showing’ and ‘telling’ and consider whether one picture really is worth a thousand words – or more?

Ahmad Fuadi is an Indonesian novelist, social worker, and journalist. His debut novel, Negeri 5 Menara, the first in a trilogy, was included in the ranks of the best-selling novels of 2009. It later won the 2010 Indonesian Readers Award and in the same year, was nominated for the Khatulistiwa Literary Award. Ahmad Fuadi has since founded the Menara Community, a social foundation to help educate underprivileged children, especially those of pre-school age.

Tee Ken Ng is an internationally renowned Perth-based artist who works in animation, video, direction and graphic design. Born in 1976 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he arrived in Western Australia in 1983. In the 1990s, he studied at Claremont School of Art and Curtin University of Technology. His work in that period involved ambitious installations incorporating video and animation. The animation component became a focus for experiments he presented online. These short works were expressive of his inquisitive spirit, warmth and humour and won him a devoted follower base and commissions by clients such as Apple, Google, Twitter, Netflix, and Perrier, as well as music videos for Tim Minchin and multi-Grammy Award winner Jacob Collier. Leaving LA, a major exhibition of his work at the Art Gallery of Western Australia was presented by Perth Festival 2021.

Cost: $12

UWRFP – A Taste of Paon: A very special literary lunch.

22 October @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Join us for a delicious 3-course meal prepared by internationally renowned Chef Wayan Kresna Yasa and hear from special literary guests appearing in the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival Perth.

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UWRFP – A Taste of Paon: A very special literary lunch.

22 October @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Join us for a delicious 3-course meal prepared by internationally renowned Chef Wayan Kresna Yasa and hear from special literary guests appearing in the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival Perth.

Dishes for this meal have been selected from Chef Wayan’s newly released cookbook, Paon: Real Balinese Cooking and will be accompanied by delicious Plantagenet Estate wines.

Wayan Kresna Yasa is a Balinese chef born on the island of Nusa Penida, off Baliʼs east coast. He trained and worked in the US for six years, sharpening his cooking skills in Michelin rated kitchens such as Blue Hill Stone Barns in New York and Acadia in Chicago. His signature cooking style is Modern Balinese, marrying classical French cooking technique with the complex flavor profiles of his Southeast Asia island home.

In Bali, Chef Wayan is known for the deftness of his cooking, his deep respect for the environment and his drive to put the flavors from his homeland on the global culinary map. As the Global Executive Chef and Culinary Director for Potato Head family, Wayan opened Ijen, a zero-waste sustainable seafood restaurant,- Kaum, a venue known for its revival of rare Indonesian tribal recipes,- and Tanaman, a plant-based project which was listed as one of the best new restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveller in June 2020.

His cookbook, Paon: Real Balinese Cooking, was released in Summer 2022.

 

Cost: $103.40

UWRF Perth: Writing About Trauma

22 October @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

How difficult is it to write about lived experience when that experience has been traumatic? Author Tim Baker, filmmaker Jane Castle, and emergency room doctor and author Michelle Johnston bring their diverse personal perspectives…

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UWRF Perth: Writing About Trauma

22 October @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

How difficult is it to write about lived experience when that experience has been traumatic?

Author Tim Baker, filmmaker Jane Castle, and emergency room doctor and author Michelle Johnston bring their diverse personal perspectives to this discussion with Dawn Barker.

Tim Baker is an award-winning author, journalist and storyteller specializing in surfing history and culture, working across a wide variety of media from books and magazines to film, video, and theatre. He is the best-selling author of The Rip Curl StoryOccy, High Surf, Bustin’ Down The Door, Surf For Your Life, Century of Surf and Surfari.  He is a former editor of Tracks, Surfing Life and Slow Living magazines, a three-time winner of the Surfing Australia Hall of Fame Culture Award, and a popular and compelling public speaker. His latest book is Patting the Shark.

Dr Michelle Johnston is a consultant Emergency Physician who works at an inner city hospital. Mostly her days consist of trauma and mess. She believes there is a beating heart of humanity, art, and beauty within the sometimes brutal reality of the Emergency Department, and she has dedicated her career to finding that sweet spot between creativity and critical care medicine. Books are her other oxygen, and writing her sustenance. She is the author of two novels, Dustfall and Tiny Uncertain Miracles.

Jane Castle ACS is a multi-award winning filmmaker whose work as director includes the documentary Sixty Thousand Barrels and the short drama Roadside Café. She is also an award-winning cinematographer and the second woman to be accredited by the Australian Cinematographer’s Society. She has worked extensively in the US and Australia shooting feature films, documentaries and commercials, as well as music videos for performers such as Prince, U2, Mary J Blige, Usher and INXS. Jane has combined her filmmaking with her environmental activism, making a range of campaign videos for groups such as Greenpeace and The Total Environment Centre. When the Camera Stopped Rolling is her first feature-length documentary.

Dr Dawn Barker is a psychiatrist and author of three novels, as well as non-fiction pieces for various magazines and websites including Good Weekend, Mamamia, Essential Baby, Quartz, Artlink, and the Medical Journal of Australia. Dawn’s first novel, Fractured was shortlisted for the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. Let Her Go is her second novel.

Cost: $12

UWRF Perth: Uniting Humanity Through Creativity

22 October @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

In this session writers Alton Walley, Siang Lu and Clarissa Goenwan offer their various perspectives on how writing and creative practice can help us to have richer conversations about race, deepen our appreciation for diverse…

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UWRF Perth: Uniting Humanity Through Creativity

22 October @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

The theme of the 2022 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is Uniting Humanity.

In this session writers Alton WalleySiang Lu and Clarissa Goenwan offer their various perspectives on how writing and creative practice can help us to have richer conversations about race, deepen our appreciation for diverse cultures and unite humanity, one story at a time.

Siang Lu’s fiction and literary reviews have appeared in Southerly and Westerly. He holds a Master of Letters from the University of Sydney. He has written for television on Malaysia’s Astro network. In 2021, Siang won the Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer for The Whitewash. He has been the program manager for a global, multi-million-dollar initiative to deliver cutting edge AI solutions to the legal industry. He is based in Brisbane, Australia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Clarissa Goenawan is an Indonesian-born Singaporean writer and translator. Her short stories have won several awards. Rainbirds, her debut novel, has been published in eleven different languages. Her second novel, The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida, came out in 2020. Watersong is her third novel.

Alton Walley is a Whadjuk, Wilman, Kaneang Nyoongar man from the South-West of Western Australia. Alton has been heavily immersed in his culture since he was a young boy, being fortunate enough to have access to, and engage with, a wealth of knowledgeable cultural figures. He has been dancing and playing music with the Middar dance group since he could walk, performing locally, nationally and internationally.

Cost: $12

UWRF Perth: Pulling No Punches

22 October @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

While the content may vary, what unites these writers is a willingness to boldly tackle fierce topics and confronting content. They are writers who pull no punches.

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UWRF Perth: Pulling No Punches

22 October @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

At first glance the novels of Michael BurrowsHolden Sheppard and Jennifer Down may not appear to have much in common.

Their work addresses the horrors and heroism of war (Burrows), the challenges of growing up gay in country Australia (Sheppard) and addiction and child abuse (Down).

While the content may vary, what unites these writers is a willingness to boldly tackle fierce topics and confronting content. They are writers who pull no punches.

Jennifer Down is a writer and editor. Her debut novel, Our Magic Hour, was shortlisted for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. The story collection Pulse Points won the 2018 Readings Prize and the 2018 Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Literary Awards. She was named a Sydney Morning Herald Novelist of the Year in 2017 and 2018. Bodies of Light, her second novel, won the 2022 Miles Franklin Literary Award. She lives in Naarm/Melbourne.

Michael Burrows was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. As a middle child in the creative chaos of six children, all of whom grew up to have some kind of artistic streak, he never stood a chance. After travelling to London to work at the 2012 Olympics and backpacking through Europe for a year, the great British weather persuaded him to settle in the UK. Michael completed his MA in 2017 at City, University of London, where he wrote the first draft of his novel. Where the Line Breaks is his first novel and was shortlisted for the 2019 Fogarty Literary Award.

Holden Sheppard is an award-winning Young Adult author born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia. His debut novel Invisible Boys won numerous accolades including the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award and the 2019 Western Australian Premier’s Book Prize for an Emerging Writer. Holden’s second novel The Brink was published by Text Publishing in August this year. Holden is a misfit: a gym junkie who has played Pokémon competitively, a sensitive geek who loves aggressive punk rock, and a bogan who learned to speak French.

Cost: $12

UWRF Perth: When the Camera Stopped Rolling

23 October @ 10:00 am - 11:45 am
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

The film screening of When the Camera Stopped Rolling (75 mins) will be followed by an in-depth conversation between Jane Castle and Cathy Henkel.

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UWRF Perth: When the Camera Stopped Rolling

23 October @ 10:00 am - 11:45 am
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Writer and filmmaker Jane Castle’s award-winning film has been described as ‘absolutely engrossing – a story about artists, motherhood, finding yourself, the film industry’. The daughter of trailblazing Australian filmmaker, Lilias Fraser, has dug deep – using the rich textures of a stunning, unseen part of Australia’s cinematic history – to tell the epic tale of her mother’s extraordinary life, her career and their challenging relationship.

The film screening (75 mins) will be followed by an in-depth conversation between Jane Castle and Cathy Henkel.

Jane Castle ACS is a multi-award winning filmmaker whose work as director includes the documentary Sixty Thousand Barrels and the short drama Roadside Café. She is also an award-winning cinematographer and the second woman to be accredited by the Australian Cinematographer’s Society. She has worked extensively in the US and Australia shooting feature films, documentaries and commercials, as well as music videos for performers such as Prince, U2, Mary J Blige, Usher and INXS. Jane has combined her filmmaking with her environmental activism, making a range of campaign videos for groups such as Greenpeace and The Total Environment Centre. When the Camera Stopped Rolling is her first feature-length documentary.

Cathy Henkel is Director of the WA Screen Academy at Edith Cowan University and an award-winning documentary filmmaker with 30+ years’ experience. Her work focuses on inspiring, global stories engaging audiences through cinema, television, online and education platforms. Her films have screened in over 26 countries and broadcast on ABC, BBC, CBC, PBS and HBO. She won the Tribeca Best Feature Documentary Award for her film about her mother: The Man who Stole my Mother’s Face. She was awarded SPA Documentary Producer of the Year and received an Emmy nomination for The Burning Season, and has won multiple other festival awards.  Her latest film, Laura’s Choice is streaming on ABC iView and was listed in The Guardian’s 10 Best Australian TV shows of 2021.

 

Cost: $24

UWRF Perth: Cooking with Wayan

23 October @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

In this special event for UWRF Perth, Executive Chef Wayan Kresna Yasa will demonstrate how to prepare selected dishes from his recently published cookbook Paon: Real Balinese Cooking.

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UWRF Perth: Cooking with Wayan

23 October @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Would you like the opportunity to step into the kitchen and learn from one of Indonesia’s most acclaimed chefs?

In this special event for UWRF Perth, Executive Chef Wayan Kresna Yasa will demonstrate how to prepare selected dishes from his recently published cookbook Paon: Real Balinese Cooking.

Bookings are limited to a maximum of 12 people.

Wayan Kresna Yasa is a Balinese chef born on the island of Nusa Penida, off Baliʼs east coast. He trained and worked in the US for six years, sharpening his cooking skills in Michelin rated kitchens such as Blue Hill Stone Barns in New York and Acadia in Chicago. His signature cooking style is Modern Balinese, marrying classical French cooking technique with the complex flavor profiles of his Southeast Asia island home. In Bali, Chef Wayan is known for the deftness of his cooking, his deep respect for the environment and his drive to put the flavors from his homeland on the global culinary map. As the Global Executive Chef and Culinary Director for Potato Head family, Wayan opened Ijen, a zero-waste sustainable seafood restaurant,- Kaum, a venue known for its revival of rare Indonesian tribal recipes,- and Tanaman, a plant-based project which was listed as one of the best new restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveller in June 2020.  His cookbook, Paon: Real Balinese Cooking, was released earlier this year.

Cost: $50

UWRF Perth: Thrilling!

23 October @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Join this conversation to discover how Indonesian-born Singaporean writer Clarissa Goenawan (Watersong) and British-born Australian writer Sara Foster (The Hush) fit the pieces of the jigsaw together to create page-turning, spellbinding and best-selling novels.

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UWRF Perth: Thrilling!

23 October @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Indonesian-born Singaporean writer Clarissa Goenawan (Watersong) and British-born Australian writer Sara Foster (The Hush) are mistresses of mystery and suspense.

Join this conversation to discover how they fit the pieces of the jigsaw together to create page-turning, spellbinding and best-selling novels.

Clarissa Goenawan is an Indonesian-born Singaporean writer and translator. Her short stories have won several awards. Rainbirds, her debut novel, has been published in eleven different languages. Her second novel, The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida, came out in 2020. Watersong is her third novel.

Sara Foster is an internationally published, bestselling author living in Western Australia. She has written seven novels: The HushYou Don’t Know MeThe Hidden HoursAll That is Lost Between UsShallow BreathBeneath the Shadows and Come Back to Me. Her latest published work is a novella, The Deceit, first released as an Audible Original in July 2022. Sara is passionate about writing strong female characters and incorporates contemporary themes into her books, which often traverse the genre areas of psychological suspense, family noir and crime thrillers.

Megan McCracken is one half of the @festivalmavens, a duo who spread their love of books and book festivals via their Instagram presence. A leadership coach by day, Megan uses her reader’s eye to draw out the essence of a writer’s work for the audience. She has hosted conversations with global thought leaders, industry leaders and authors of fiction and non-fiction.

Cost: $12

UWRF Perth: Comparing Notes

23 October @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Indonesian children’s and YA author Reda Gaudiamo and Yawuru writer/illustrator Brenton E. McKenna compare notes with Bianca Breen regarding their experiences crafting stories for young adults that draw on and reflect cultural heritage and identity.

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UWRF Perth: Comparing Notes

23 October @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Indonesian children’s and YA author Reda Gaudiamo is the creator of the very popular ‘Na Willa’ stories.  Yawuru writer/illustrator Brenton E. McKenna is the creator of the equally populat  ‘Ubby’ series of graphic novels.

They come together in this session to compare notes with Bianca Breen regarding their experiences crafting stories for young adults that draw on and reflect cultural heritage and identity.

Reda Gaudiamo was born in Surabaya, East Java, in 1962 and currently lives in Jakarta. She writes short stories and novels for young adults. Her books, Na Willa (2018) and Tentang Kita (About Us, 2015), are published in the UK by the Emma Press. She was the chief editor of Cosmopolitan Indonesia and a publisher of several international lifestyle magazines in Indonesia. She has won several awards for her short fiction and novels, among others, from Gadis and Femina magazine. Reda is also known as a musician and singer. For more than 30 years, she performed as a duo with her artistic partner, the late Ari Malibu, creating musical interpretations of poems. Currently she’s working on the third series of Na Willa and her very first solo album.

Brenton E. McKenna is a young Yawuru artist and writer who fell in love with comic books at a young age. He studied visual arts for two years at Goulburn TAFE and in 2009 was one of twenty successful applicants to be awarded a highly sought-after mentorship with the Australian Society of Authors. Brenton has attended several art workshop/residencies and in doing so has generated much national interest in recent years.

Bianca Breen is an emerging YA writer. When she’s not at work at The Literature Centre, she’s the Communications Director of the Australian Young Adult Literature Alliance (LoveOzYA) and the host of YA for WA. Bianca was the YA winner of the 2021 ASA Award Mentorship Program, and a 2022 Upcoming Writer-in-Residence at KSP Writers Centre.

 

Cost: $12

UWRF Perth: Paon Talking

23 October @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

n this conversation with UWRF Festival Director, Janet DeNeefe, one of Indonesia’s leading chefs, Chef Wayan Kresna Yasa will shine a light on the depth and diversity of Balinese cuisine and provide insight…

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UWRF Perth: Paon Talking

23 October @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Paon is derived from pawon, the Balinese word for kitchen. In this conversation with UWRF Festival Director, Janet DeNeefe, one of Indonesia’s leading chefs, Chef Wayan Kresna Yasa will shine a light on the depth and diversity of Balinese cuisine and provide insight into food and worship, sacred fare, and zero-waste cooking.

Wayan Kresna Yasa is a Balinese chef born on the island of Nusa Penida, off Baliʼs east coast. He trained and worked in the US for six years, sharpening his cooking skills in Michelin-rated kitchens such as Blue Hill Stone Barns in New York and Acadia in Chicago. His signature cooking style is Modern Balinese, marrying classical French cooking technique with the complex flavor profiles of his
Southeast Asia island home. In Bali, Chef Wayan is known for the deftness of his cooking, his deep respect for the environment and his drive to put the flavors from his homeland on the global
culinary map.

Melbourne-born Janet DeNeefe, Founder & Director of the Ubud Food Festival and Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, has lived in Bali for more than three decades. Her latest book is Bali: Food of My Island Home, following her memoir Fragrant Rice. She is also the owner of Casa Luna, Indus Restaurant, and Honeymoon Guesthouse and Bakery in Ubud.

Cost: $12

UWRF Perth: Beacon of Hope – the Human Experience of Conflict

23 October @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

Max Rosochinsky, Oksana Maksymchuk and Hassan Al Nawwab speak with Natalie D-Napoleon to share the human experience of war and conflict, offering a remarkable window into this global crisis. 

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UWRF Perth: Beacon of Hope – the Human Experience of Conflict

23 October @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
The Rechabite, 224 Willliam Street
Northbridge, Western Australia 6003

The story of refugees is one of survival, transformation, and triumph. Max Rosochinsky and Oksana Maksymchuk fled Ukraine right before the outbreak of the war. Hassan Al Nawwab is an award-winning Iraqi poet who came to Australia to escape Saddam Hussein’s oppressive regime. They speak with Natalie D-Napoleon to share the human experience of war and conflict, offering a remarkable window into this global crisis. 

Oksana Maksymchuk is a bilingual Ukranian-American poet, scholar, and literary translator. She is the author of the award-winning Ukrainian poetry collections Xenia and Lovy, while her English poems appeared in AGNI, Cincinatti Review, The Irish Times, Poetry Review, and other journals. Alongside Max Rosochinsky, she co-edited Words for War: New Poems from Ukraine and co-translated Apricots of Donbas by Lyuba Yakimchuk and The Voices of Babyn Yar by Marianna Kiyanovska.

Max Rosochinsky is a poet, translator, and scholar from Simferopol, Crimea. His translations were featured in Modern Poetry in Translation, Words Without Borders, Poetry International, and others. His translation of Lyuba Yakimchuk's Prayer was performed at the 2022 Grammy Awards Ceremony by the author. Max's poetry manuscript had been nominated for the PEN International New Voices Award, and his translations were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He also co-edited Words for War: New Poems from Ukraine.

Hassan Al Nawwab was born in Iraq in 1960 and came to Australia in 2003 with his wife and children. He is a poet and journalist who has published three volumes of poetry and two plays in Arabic, and has received numerous awards for his poems. Poems That Do Not Sleep is Hassan’s first collection in English.

Cost: $12

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