Special Conversations

Special Conversations are individual and unique dialogues that cover many types of storytelling. They can be life stories, literary events, and social reflections, all featuring people from the local community as well as international guests. Our focus here is on sharing important and different points of view in order to entertain and inform a wide range of audiences.

Sisonke Msimang, Ron Bradfield Jnr, Colin Archibald, and Kylie Bracknell share personal stories in the context of recent events around the world and the BLM movement.
Les Harrison and Reuben Saggar talk climate activism, collective action, and hopes for the future.
Roanna Gonsalves and Chris Lin share a conversation around writing practice, difficulties encountered in the literary world, and what it means to write about tolerance and intolerance while breaking out of the dominant narrative.
YA authors Alicia Tuckerman and Mark Smith explore issues of sacrifice and morality in response to Mark’s latest release, Land of Fences. 
Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell, non-fiction award winners of the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Award, discuss craft and history with Susan Midalia.
Emerging Writers' Festival Director and co-CEO Alice Muhling in conversation with Perth poet Amy Lin.
An insightful, thought provoking, and aware conversation with Carol O'Neil and Dr Alida Lancee about an issue that impacts us all.
Graeme Simsion and Elias Joslin discuss the highly-anticipated release of the final book in the Rosie series.
Emerging practitioners from the Centre for Stories' Indian Ocean Mentoring Project read from creative works in progress, focusing on identity, place and belonging.
Local poets Robert Wood, Charlotte Guest and Shevaun Cooley discuss new work, ecology, place, belonging, identity and language.
Sisonke Msimang discusses the inner-workings of her memoir, Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home.
Cassie Lynch, Shirley McPherson, Simone Detourbet, and Esther McDowell speak on the NAIDOC Week 2018 theme: Because of Her, We Can!
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Join Amanda Curtin in a masterclass on Editing Your Own Work Book Online
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Learn the art of basket weaving and explore your creativity in a restorative environment with Fibre Artist, Siân Boucherd. Book Online
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Join Susan Midalia in a masterclass on Politics and Creative Writing Book Online
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Join us for a conversation about Akwaeke Emezi 'Freshwater'. Book Online
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