The team behind the annual New Norcia Writers Festival are happy to announce the programme for the 2017 festival, which will be held on Saturday 19 August from 10am - 5pm.
Like its predecessors, the emphasis is still on literature as performance, with author readings accompanying each session. But this time there is an even stronger focus on the history and practice of West Australian Wheatbelt literature, leavened by humorous observations on ageing, spirituality and the struggle to get words down on the page. They have also tried to give readers a more comprehensive experience of the unique architecture of New Norcia by utilising different spaces this year.
- Stephen Scourfield returns, again accompanied by Will Yeoman on guitar, to counterpoint the rural England of his youth with sharply observed accounts of "learning" rural WA "from the bottom up".
- In another geographic and cultural counterpoint, Nicole Sinclair talks about and reads from her debut novel Bloodlines, in which the WA Wheatbelt of 31-year-old Beth's childhood and the story of her parents is contrasted with her new life on an island in Papua New Guinea.
- UWA academic Tony Hughes-D'Aeth's Like Nothing on this Earth: a Literary History of the Wheatbelt, a monumental and unprecedented study of WA Wheatbelt literature, is more like a symphony, telling the story of the Wheatbelt through the words of some of our finest authors from Albert Facey to John Kinsella.
- By contrast, acclaimed WA author and Zen student Brigid Lowry offers her witty observations on what it means to be an ageing woman in today's society and how best to live, love and write.
There will also be an Aboriginal cultural display in the Prindiville room.
Morning and a light afternoon tea will be provided. Lunch and accommodation options available.
Tickets are $80, available for purchase on the New Norcia website.