I’m excited to be invited back to one of my favourite festivals, Perth Writers Festival, which runs from 20-23 Feb. I’m appearing in one event, chairing two others, and teaching a workshop on flash fiction. Hope to see some of you there?
More details on my sessions:
Grand Allusions (free, Romeo tent)
When the fictional heroes and heroines of novels are writers themselves, centuries of literary allusion and reference can creep into a text. How important is literary allusion in the novel and what is its purpose? Rabih Alameddine and Margaret Drabble speak with Angela Meyer.
(I’m so excited about this one, wonderful writers and a nerdy, literary topic. Yes!)
Hi-Vis Daze (free, Romeo tent)
In order to make ends meet, comedian Xavier Toby needed a real job. So he began a second life as a FIFO worker in a remote Queensland mine, writing down his hilarious experiences along the way. He dishes the dirt to Angela Meyer.
(I just gave this book a wee review on Goodreads.)
Sun 23 Feb
Small and Perfectly Formed (free, Woolnough Lecture Theatre)
Julienne van Loon, Ron Elliott and Angela Meyer have turned to the novella, short story and flash fiction for their new books. They discuss the attraction of short fiction and its place in publishing today with Annabel Smith.
(I get to talk about my own fiction, as well as the stories in The Great Unknown, awesome.)
2 pm (I’ll have to run to this!)
Workshop: Flash Fiction ($53 to $67.50, Alexander Lecture Theatre)
Very short stories have been around a long time: even Kafka, Woolf and Hemingway wrote them. Angela Meyer introduces you to the form. Embrace brevity and experiment with notions of character, conflict and resolution, and evocation of place and mood, in few words.
I’m looking forward to catching some events as well: Lionel Shriver, Richard Flanagan, Eleanor Catton, Antony Loewenstein, Martin Amis… as many as I can manage. Off to do some reading…