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Writers

Threading its stories through this year’s York Festival, the Writers Program will engage and delight readers of all ages.

Join new and established WA authors as they serve up a feast of fiction, non-fiction, kids’ books, crime fiction and poetry in our first Writers program curated by The West Australian’s William Yeoman.

The Writers Program is compact, intimate and friendly: a safe space for conversation, readings and encounters. 

WRITERS PROGRAM BUS TICKETS

Want to attend our Writers Program but don't want to drive? Jump on board our bus from Perth to York, departing the State Library at 9am and returning approximately 6:45pm, allowing you to have a full day in York without the drive. Click the button to book your tickets now.

2021 WRITERS PROGRAM OVERVIEW

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM BELOW OR DOWNLOAD OUR QUICK GUIDE HERE.

OPENING EVENT: BREAKFAST WITH STEPHEN SCOURFIELD

Travel Editor, journalist, photographer, award-winning novelist and spoken-word performer Stephen Scourfield is a travel journalism legend, twice voted Australia’s best travel writer. Join Stephen and colleague Will Yeoman as they tell the story of some of the world’s great rivers – including, of course, York’s Avon River! – in words and music, as breakfast is served. All proceeds to go to the local River Conservation Society.

THE FICTION SET (4 SESSIONS)

Leslie Thiele (Skyglow), Monique Mulligan (Wherever You Go) and David Allan-Petale (Locust Summer) speak with Amanda Curtin, Portland Jones, Barry Divola, in three separate discussions before joining Will Yeoman (The West Australian) on our Truth in Fiction panel discussing powerful, intimate and very human tales – and what it means to be a writer in today’s world.

THE NON-FICTION SET (3 SESSIONS)

The West Australian’s award-winning Travel Editor Stephen Scourfield (Isolation) and historians Bill and Jenny Bunbury (Many Maps: Charting Two Cultures) write the land like few others. See them in conversation with Tony Hughes D’Aeth and Barry Divola before they delve into the nature, history and culture of WA’s past, present and future on our Westralia Triumphant? panel discussion with Will Yeoman.

THE CHILDREN’S SET (4 SESSIONS)

There’s plenty for children and their families too in our children’s set of talks with local authors Cristy Burne (Beneath the Trees), Norman Jorgensen (Swashbuckling Stories) and Katie Stewart (Where Do the Stars Go?), spurred on by Monique Mulligan, Amanda Curtin, and Dr Portland Jones. A special panel discussion for adults and older children, Writing for Children chaired by Barry Divola will be a must for aspiring and established children’s writers and illustrators. 

THE CRIME SET (3 SESSIONS)

Who doesn’t love a bit of crime? In a fictional sense, of course! Join “New Voices in Crime” Karen Herbert (The River Mouth) and Alexander Thorpe (Death Leaves the Station) as they talk about their hugely entertaining mysteries, set partly or wholly in regional WA, with Portland Jones and Will Yeoman before joining Will on our Criminal Speculations panel to discuss the genre in more detail.

THE POETRY SET (4 SESSIONS)

Could there be a better way to end a day of literature and story than with some of WA’s finest poets reading and discussing their own exquisite poetry? Acclaimed Wheatbelt poet John Kinsella (Textures of Ambiguity II), Caitlin Maling (Fish Work), Fr. Robert Nixon, and Rose van Son (Cloak of Letters) will not only share their special word music but reveal their motivations and techniques in our Word Music panel with Will Yeoman.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…

  • Pick up pre-signed books from authors in the Writers Program at York’s official bookseller Barclay Books.
  • A Writers Program podcast with new episodes will be shared weekly.

POD FICTION: OFFICIAL FESTIVAL WRITERS PROGRAM PODCAST

Hear from West Australian authors and poets as they read and discuss their work with journalist Will Yeoman before, during and after the inaugural York Festival Writers Program on Saturday 2 October.

LETTER FROM THE CURATOR

Having grown up in the historic town of York, on Ballardong Noongar Country, I’ve always been fascinated by its multitude of stories from different times and perspectives.

But there’s something special, too, about the idea of bringing news of the outside to York. Strangers in a strange land, with wondrous stories to tell. And the promise of transformation, even transculturation.

Not that there’s a lack of overlap in this inaugural York Festival Writers Program celebrating WA writers and publishers.

The crime fiction of Karen Herbert and Alexander Thorpe, replete with Wheatbelt episodes. The non-fiction of Stephen Scourfield and Bill and Jenny Bunbury, with its embrace of Western Australia – the parts greater than the whole. The poetry of John Kinsella, who hails from the Avon Valley and sings the land like no other.

All joining with fellow poets and writers and you, of course, in the sharing of stories, in intimate venues around York. A miraculous thing during a pandemic, this gathering. Something to be truly grateful for.

- William Yeoman

Acknowledgement of Country

The York Festival acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land on which we gather, the Ballardong Noongar people, and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and we extend that respect to other First Australians today.

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