The Perth International Arts Festival is delighted to announce that William Yeoman is joining the team as Guest Curator of the 2018 writers program. One of the most respected figures in Perth’s arts and writing scene, Yeoman will take a break from his position as Literary Editor at The West Australian to curate the 2018 Perth Writers Festival. He takes up his role in late August following the departure of Perth Writers Festival program manager Katherine Dorrington after 12 years. A familiar face at Perth Writers Festival for many years, Yeoman has been a facilitator at other major international writers festivals including Melbourne and Singapore. He also is Artistic Director of the New Norcia Writers Festival, which he co-founded in 2015. Yeoman previously worked as a classical music critic in London, and continues to write extensively across the arts for The West Australian, Limelight and UK’s Gramophone. He has a passionate love of reading and an in-depth knowledge of the local writing scene and wider literary trends nationally and internationally. Perth Festival Artistic Director Wendy Martin said she was delighted that Yeoman had accepted her invitation to be Guest Curator of the 2018 Perth Writers Festival. ‘William brings to the role an extraordinary knowledge of literature as well as having strong connections to Western Australia’s writing community and the Australian publishing world,’ Martin said. ‘He is a passionate advocate for books and ideas and the arts and will make an invaluable contribution to the Festival program. I look forward to working with him,’ she said. Yeoman said he was looking forward to creating an inclusive festival experience as Guest Curator. ‘We will bring leading writers, artists, musicians and other creative talents from Australia and abroad together with readers for a weekend of intimate conversation, thrilling performances and exciting activities,’ he said. The Perth Writers Festival returns as part of the 2018 Perth Festival which runs from 9 February to 4 March 2018. Look out for more details when the Festival program is announced on 9 November 2017.