Perth coup

• Author Lucy Christopher is one of the speakers at this year’s Writers Week.

THE Literature Centre in Fremantle has scored a bit of a coup after getting the port city included in the Perth Festival’s Writers Week for the first time.

Writers Week is being held from this Monday February 18 to Sunday February 24.

The Literature Centre is based in Fremantle Prison and has four events in the program, including a talk by Markus Zusak, author of international bestseller The Book Thief.

Centre founder Lesley Reece says she was cock-a-hoop after being approached by the organisers of Writers Week.

Book lovers

“We were thrilled to be invited to be part of Writers Week as a host venue, and excited that so many book lovers will be able for the first time to see for themselves the home of Australian children’s and young adult’s literature, right in their own backyard,” Ms Reece said.

Writers Week curator William Yeoman said it was a “no-brainer” to include the centre.

“The Literature Centre is renowned for its state-wide student programs and for bringing authors, illustrators and children together to share their passion for art and literature,” Mr Yeoman said.

Other authors on the Out and About sessions at the TLC include Dervla McTiernan, Meg McKinlay, AJ Betts and Dr Lucy Christopher.

All four events are free and run between 6.30-7.30pm from Monday to Thursday, but you have to book at perthfestival.com.au

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