The resident organisations of the Centre for Stories draw on our resources, expertise, and people. This includes use of the space, website hosting, and ticketing platforms. We collaborate with them to help deliver important literary and community events and programming.
PEN Perth is a local chapter of PEN International, a non-profit organisation that works at the intersection of writing and politics. In particular, PEN campaigns for the release of wrongfully imprisoned writers and advocates for responsible freedom of expression. PEN International was started in London in 1921 and now has 150 centres around the world including three in Australia and many more in our region.
PEN Perth is a broad-minded group with active members from across the political spectrum who work together for a better society. Its activities include letter-writing campaigns; talks, conversations and lectures; and attendance of meetings here and overseas. PEN Perth aims to raise the consciousness of the public and encourage a world where writers are free to express themselves, responsibly and respectfully.
Australian Short Story Festival
The Australian Short Story Festival is an annual festival celebrating short stories in written as well as spoken form. The Festival brings together local, national and international short story authors and oral storytellers in a culturally diverse and vibrant celebration of storytelling in the shorter form.
The festival is held on a rotating basis between the cities of Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne.