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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!
Jun
29
Poetry Workshop is a safe and dynamic space where you can craft your poetry and offer feedback to other poets. Hosted by Siobhan Hodge. Book Online
An illustration of many different people sitting together by a bookshelf. The Bookshelf is a light lavender purple colour.
Jul
21
Join us for a conversation about Alice Walker's 'The Color Purple'. Book Online
An illustration of books, cups of cofee, a clock, a candle, and a lamp floating in a light sage green background
Aug
24
Do you struggle to carve out distraction free writing time? Are you looking for a safe group environment to work on your writing? Would you like to meet other writers in your community? Then this group is for you! Book Online
An illustration of many people of colour reaching over a table to read books, pass notes and share coffee.
Jul
27
This is a meeting space for Africans in the diaspora. Here, we connect Africans living in Australia with literature created by Africans. Book Online
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