From Pilgrims to Poets: Ailsa Piper at Perth Writers Festival

Former Neighbours resident and award-winning playwright Ailsa Piper undertook 'El Camino', the 1300 km pergrimage from Granada in Spain to Finisterre. 'A gruelling, tender, mysterious and ultimately joyful journey', after posting an open letter offering people to walk off their sins in return for a donation. Along the way it was poetry that sustained her. Ailsa Piper's monologue celebrates the journey and the poetry at the Perth Writers Festival this Friday 21 February 11-12 noon. Come join us!

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Of fractured lives and devils in details

It's the second year in a row I have been asked to chair sessions at the Perth Writers Festival. The festival organisers like the fact that my background covers many subject areas, from crime to travel, memoir to poetry but I am not sure how aware they are that what I most treasure are stories of relationships, and how 'ordinary' people's characters can be shaped by youth trauma and mental health issues, and how writers wrestle to work these experiences into literature, one hiding more than the other.

Date: 05/02/2013 Venue: Perth Writers Festival 2013 at UWA, Nedlands Booking: not needed Cost: free Read more