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Perth Writers Festival and Writing WA: celebrating West Australian writers and illustrators


Authors Shirley-Marr Cristy-Burne Deb-Fitzpatrick

I meet the awesome Deb Fitzpatrick and Shirley Marr on the night (thanks to Shirley for the photo!)

Celebrating WA writers

The Perth Writers Festival pre-launch kicked off last night with the launch of the Natural Selection MMXI Art Exhibition, an awesome collection of 48 Western Australian writers and their most recent publications, put together by WritingWA and WA’s Literary Lions (thanks!).

And guess what? I was one of those authors…what a buzz. I hadn’t realised that was going to happen, so it was a lovely (strange?)  surprise to see larger-than-life myself staring back at myself.

Name-dropping authors!

There were heaps of great authors there and I can’t name them all (you’ll have to see the exhibition!) but the photo above was taken by Shirley Marr’s hubby (who I went to high school with!) and is of me with Deb Fitzpatrick (author of 90 Packets of Instant Noodles) and Shirley (author of Fury).

At the end of the night, when all the wine and nibblies had been hauled away, I was still there, chatting madly with brilliant childrens authors Meg McKinlay, Dianne Wolfer and Briony Stewart (who is appearing at the Perth Writers Festival Family Day right before my session).

Catch the exhibition or see us in the flesh 🙂

You can see the exhibition on the UWA campus – in the forecourt between the Octagon and Dolphin Theatres – from 4-7 March.

If you want to see these great authors in person, come along to the  Children Book Council’s A Night With Our Stars next week…

Till then, I’m off to the festival! Yee ha!

Author: cristyburne


2 thoughts on “Perth Writers Festival and Writing WA: celebrating West Australian writers and illustrators

  1. Thank you! Looking forward to catching up with you and others on Thursday’s Night With Our Stars..yee ha!


  2. Cristy you look so summery and lovely in that sunflower top! So glad to have “bumped” into you and Perth sure is a small place! Thanks for introducing me to Deb and Meg:)


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