The Writers Week 2018 program is set for release on 18 January and will give you a choice of over 130 guests in more than 150 events spread out over seven days.

That’s rather a lot, isn’t it?

To help you navigate this winding path of wordsmithery, we’re highlighting a small number of speakers we’d hate you to miss out on. 

Amal Awad explores the intersection between Western ideals and Arab tradition in her much-needed, highly-lauded book Beyond Veiled Cliches: The Real Lives of Arab Women. An insightful reporter and an inspiration to women tearing down walls the world over, Awad has interviewed women in Australia and the Middle East on topics ranging from feminism to sex and war to religion. The results are as enthralling as they are deeply moving. 

The 2018 program features a great deal of embarrassingly talented Western Australian writers, including a few debut novels any self-respecting booklover should definitely make note of. Among these is Laurie Steed’s You Belong Here, chronicling the slow demise of a young couple’s marriage and the ramifications for their three children in the decades to come. It’s one-part Cloudstreet, one-part Nick Hornby (the early years), and Steed joins us in Perth right before the official release.

Speaking of first-timers, Robert Lukins and his book The Everlasting Sunday is another little something to get excited about. Lukins is a Melbourne-based writer who’s amassed a handful of bylines before releasing this chilling debut centered on Goodwin Manor, a home for boys who have been ‘found by trouble’.

And then, there’s an old favourite: Chris Womersley returns to Perth after last joining us in 2015. Easily one of Australia’s most versatile storytellers, Womersley has tackled hard-boiled noir, Australian gothic and domestic drama, all to great success. Not content with just that, he’s now diving into the supernatural with City of Crows, a beautifully told tale of love and witchcraft set in a nightmarish 17th Century France.