Now that our amazing 2018 program has finally been unleashed, we can tell you about every guest we’re excited to have join us next month. Among the list is no small number of incredible women working across all genres – some bringing their first book to town, and some with so many titles to their name it would be easy to lose count.
Some of these marvellous names have already been mentioned in our early release – Australian ladies who do justice to the term ‘living legend’, such as Helen Garner and Di Morrissey – but just beneath the surface there are even more brilliant names you’d be mad to miss out on. These are just a few …
An actor of stage and screen based in London, Sarah Winman caused a sensation with her 2011 debut When God Was A Rabbit. In 2015 she followed it up with the truly beautiful A Year Of Marvellous Ways, proving herself to be a master of telling breathtakingly human, finely-crafted stories with barely a word out of place. Her newest release Tin Man, a love letter to human kindness and friendship, is being hailed by many as her best yet.
From a successful career at L’Oréal to a beloved Australian author – Natasha Lester’s story could very well be a novel of its own. The Perth-based writer, public speaker and blogger found success when her debut novel What Is Left Over, After won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Fiction, but it wasn’t until the release of her 2016 novel A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald that people fell in love with Natasha’s mastery of what could be called ‘historical fiction’ – if that categorisation could do justice to her carefully detailed worlds and finely wrought characters.
South African writer and public speaker Sisonke Msimang joins us with her remarkable coming-of-age memoir Always Another Country. This visceral, poignant work details a childhood in exile in Zambia, Kenya and Canada, and reflects on what it means to be born into a life scored by history. Sisonke splits her time between South Africa and Perth, where she’s also Program Director for The Centre For Stories, a phenomenal organisation dedicated to preserving, sharing and harnessing the power of words and storytelling from all corners of the globe. To cap it all off, you can find her stunning TED Talk ‘If a story moves you, act on it’ on YouTube.
A playwright, poet and essayist, Noëlle Janaczewska has won an impressive seven AWGIE Awards and had her writing produced by ABC Radio National and Sydney Opera House, among others. Her part-essay-collection, part-memoir, sort-of-novel The Book Of Thistles is an in-depth exploration of an unlikely topic – the titular weed – which gives way to a broad, riveting series of explorations and examinations, both personal and universal.
Children’s author Tamara Moss brings us a truly wonderful swashbuckling adventure for younger readers in Lintang and the Forbidden Island, the eagerly-awaited sequel to Lintang and the Pirate Queen. The first book followed young girl Lintang, who bravely defended her village from a dangerous creature and caught the eye of a visiting pirate queen, the infamous Captain Shafira, in the process. The sequel finds Lintang and the Captain battling a new raft of foes against all odds. It’s a wild, energetic ride proving once and for all that gripping tales of heroism aren’t just for the boys.
Be sure to grab a copy of our full Perth Festival Writers Week brochure to check where you’ll find these amazing ladies and more or read the full program online. We can’t wait to see you at Writers Week.