Perth Festival Writers Week (PFWW), the city’s week-long celebration of words and wordsmiths, kicks off next Monday.

Although PFWW is based at the University Club of Western Australia at UWA, this year’s program continues to take the words out into the city’s streets, bars and galleries.

William Yeoman, literary editor for the West Australian and guest curator of PFWW, says he wanted to bring an element of performance to the event and put the focus back on storytelling.

“Most of the sessions are short and punchy – 30 to 45 minutes – and most kick off with a reading, while some are nothing but storytelling,” says Yeoman. “Getting PFWW off the university campus and out into the community was also important, hence the Northbridge Crime Scene walk and architecture walks, as well as using Fremantle small bar Strange Company as a venue. It’s all about interaction and engagement rather than passive listening.”

Being based at the University Club means the program can include meal-based sessions where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch or high tea with their favourite authors before hearing them in conversation.

Here are Broadsheet’s five picks from this year’s program.

Northbridge Crime Walk
Author of multiple crime-fiction novels David Whish-Wilson is leading this tour, which takes guests to notorious crime scenes around the heart of Northbridge.
Wed February 21, 6pm–7.30pm, free event
Centre For Stories
100 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge

Bricks and Stones
Architect Philip Griffiths takes a walking tour through the historic east end of Perth with Stories in Stone, while architect Julian Bolleter discovers Perth’s interesting buildings with his foreshore walk, Down to the River.
Tue February 20, 6.30pm–8pm, free
City Of Perth Library
573 Hay Street, Perth

Book Club in a Bar
Fremantle’s favourite small bar Strange Company is hosting several author discussions from Monday February 19. Enjoy a wine and listen to authors Sara Foster with Susan Midalia; Natasha Lester with William Yeoman; Rachael Johns with Monique Mulligan; and Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion with Ian Andrew talk about their latest novels and inspirations.
Starts Mon February 19, 7pm–8pm, free
Strange Company
5 Nairn Street, Fremantle

Living Architecture
Living Architecture, a series from Italian filmmakers Ila Beka and Louise Lemoine, explores the architectural marvels that make a building “great”. Their quirky film 24 Heures Sur Place will be shown at the Backlot Cinema in West Perth during an activation that embraces West Perth’s emerging arts precinct. The walking event heads to Janet Homes a Court Collection art space, as well as to Linton & Kay Galleries and Fridays Studio.
Thu February 22, 6pm–9pm, $13–-$15, registrations required
Linton & Kay West Perth
11 Old Aberdeen Place, West Perth

Alzheimer’s, Eating and You
Sit down with television personality and cookbook author Maggie Beer as she discusses her new book, Maggie’s Recipes For Life, with leading Alzheimer’s researcher professor Ralph Martins and Barbara Horgan from Boffins Bookshop.
Sat February 24, 9.30am–10.15am,$13–$15, bookings online
Banquet Hall, The University Club

Perth Festival Writers Week is on from February 19 to 25.

perthfest.com.au