Talks & Conversations

on Seeing Other People
Australian best-selling author Diana Reid talks with award-winning journalist and novelist Emma Young about her upcoming novel. "Seeing Other People" is the darkly funny story of two very different sisters, and the summer that stretches their relationship to breaking point.
with Morris Gleitzman
Westbooks are honoured to have beloved children’s author Morris Gleitzman visit WA. He will discuss his work, answer questions and personally sign any of his books purchased from the event.  

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Explore the immersive world of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and gaming at the annual XR:WA FREE Conference and Expo at the Perth Cultural Centre.

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WritingWA presents Quantum Words Perth. WA’s only writers’ festival dedicated to writing about science, innovation, creativity and the spaces in which they intersect.
Interviewing a living legend
In this workshop, learn how to conduct an interview and your write your own legendary story. You'll also get to meet a St John paramedic! For 7–12 years old.
Hosted by Gillian O'Shaughnessy

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Boffins Books and the State Library of Western Australia are delighted to host Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks for an in-conversation event on her latest book, Horse, hosted by acclaimed radio presenter Gillian O'Shaughnessy.
at the launch of his new children's book, RUNT
Westbooks presents Craig Silvey talking about his new book, 'Runt'. A heart-warming and hilarious tale of kindness, friendship, hurdles, hoops, tunnels, see-saws, being yourself and bringing out the best in others.
An interview with Bill Dempsey

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Bill Dempsey, newly inducted to the Australian Football Hall of Fame, will talk about his Aboriginal, Irish, German and Russian ancestry as well as his amazing football career in WA.
In conversation with Elders from Boorloo (Perth)

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Meet the Burdyia (bosses) leading the way for respect, recognition and reconciliation in Boorloo/Perth. Join Noongar presenter Phil Walleystack as he sits down for a yarn with the Elders and discovers the stories and experiences that have inspired their fight for change.
Protecting our rights online

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Digital technologies are becoming part of our everyday lives. But with these increases in connectivity, convenience, and efficiency come many risks to our privacy, security, and safety online. In this session, we will explore some of the ethical questions about modern digital technologies and consider how they can create risks, cause harm, and undermine our rights online.

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We know the world needs to change – but what do we do about it, and how can young people make their voice heard? Whether it’s climate action, mental health or trans rights – whatever your passion, this session offers a crash course in advocacy, activism and how to bring about the change you want to see in the world.

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Elders Len Collard, a world leader in traditional placenaming, and Geri Hayden, lead facilitator of Community Arts Network’s (CAN) Noongar Place Names program, will host a unique workshop which takes participants on a deeper dive into Noongar language and culture.