I am so lucky, to be a reader and an emerging writer to receive an invitation to the launch of the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) Perth writers Festival 2017. Realistically it was probably because I spent so much on tickets last year, I’ve been tagged. Gratefully so I might add.
I bemoaned that I would be going alone again, as I usually do to these occasions because I can’t be faffed organising anything better, besides I hate rejection. I hope that I might fall across someone who will take me under their wing. And they did, thank you to the fabulous Glennys Marsden. We had a great chin wag and caught up on the way of life and other important goings on.
The large crowd of many and varied people, milling about down stairs at our stunning Heath Ledger Theatre. This building is exceptional, so well crafted and visually stunning, a sea of golden timber veneer and gold cylinders that hang from a ceiling above the staircase. An amazing building, plushness, architecture and acoustics are exceptional. I must make mention of the professionalism of the staff and the facilities to.
We sit waiting, watching the crowd, you can not only see but feel the excitement building amongst the artists and audience waiting to enter the auditorium. Such a vast range of people, that includes writers, poets, authors, journalists and actors. When you look long enough you start to recognise faces of note, I try not to stare.
The night begins with the chair of PIAF, John Barrington’s welcome. A treat is Barry McGuire’s welcome to country. He so aptly stated that stories are talked about not written in as in times gone by. Words I think from his father voiced, the different ways of telling stories, the books that walk the land. Those words capture my heart. I listened to his spoken native language followed by his interpretation. Such a pretty and for my ears a complicated language that ran together, in a sing song tone, expressing wise words sung by Barry using two boomerangs expertly tapped together making music.
So many great artists both international, East Coast and local are going to descend upon the University of Western Australia from the 23rd to the 26th of February. I will be pouring over my program and ordering my tickets well in advance on line.
The courtyard sessions on the Friday and Saturday evening I already have as there was no way I wanted to miss those. I waited for a very long time in a cue for these. A chance to see the adored Marieke Hardy I wasn’t going to pass that up. I am very intrigued by the Literary Death Match event as well.
Other highlights for me will be Inua Ellams, Omar Musa, Deng Adut and Barbara Arrow Smith Young to name but a few. It will be three hectic exhausting days, running between sessions. Worth every moment, though, I will not think like this at the end of Sunday, I have to admit.
Another highlight for the youngsters is Curated By Kids. These are 10 young literature enthusiasts average age of ten years old. They have taken part in developing sessions for the young by the young for Family Day which is the Sunday. I am sure they are going to be very successful.
Thank you in advance to the organisers, the volunteers and all of those involved.