Perth Writers’ Festival

March 06, 2017

Perth Writers’ Festival

I love visiting Western Australia. It’s a long flight to get there from Sydney but always worth the trek – it’s such a beautiful place. The people are always so welcoming too and this time was no exception. I was thrilled to be invited to take part in the Perth Writers’ Festival. Festivals are fun because often you get to spend time with other authors you know or you get to meet people you admire. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new people too and of course, it’s a huge highlight to meet the readers.

This time I was fortunate to share the stage with RA Spratt (her real name is Rachel), the author of the fabulous Nanny Piggins and Friday Barnes series’ of books. We had a ball talking to kids on the School Day at the festival – telling lots of stories and then Rachel fired some rockets at the teachers. We also played a vigorous game of Pictionary on stage against New Zealand author-illustrator Donovan Bixley (we wrestled back some pride after always being flogged by New Zealand in the rugby and completely annihilated him!).  There was an unfortunate bird pooping incident during the game but I had wet wipes with me and the poor girl who was assaulted wasn’t too embarrassed I hope. My handbag weighs a tonne because I pretty much carry a first aid kit and pharmacy around with me (just in case!).  I did tell the girl that being pooped on was supposed to be good luck but I’m not sure that she believed me!

Rachel and I attended the opening address for the festival which was a great eye opener about the world’s largest refugee camp in Kenya. Ben Rawlence has lived and worked in the camp and wrote a book about his experiences and also the day to day lives of people living there. Just before he was about to speak, I realised that in the festival logo, the book the little girl is holding is Alice-Miranda To the Rescue – I was so excited to see that I almost fell off my chair!

We had a couple of days off between events and it was really hot so I spent most of the time in the air-conditioned hotel room working on my new book. Rachel and I did go out to watch the sunset at Cottesloe Beach and Fremantle which on both days was absolutely stunning.

The Family Day on Sunday was fabulous. It started with a catch up with lots of children’s authors and illustrators when I visited the WA Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) breakfast – I caught up with several friends as well as meeting people I’ve been friends with on Facebook for years but hadn’t ever met in person!  Following the breakfast I did a session about Clementine Rose and was then interviewed by some delightful children who were involved in a program called Curated By Kids. Their questions were fantastic. It’s always so humbling to have people come to see you at an event and I want to say thankyou to all the parents, grandparents and kids who came along. I look forward to heading west again soon.






I loved this! I hope you can come to Perth again Jacqueline!
~Yasmin x

March 7, 2017 at 7:31 pm



Hi Yasmin
Do you live in Perth?
I live in Queensland.
From Hattie

March 8, 2017 at 8:01 am



    Hi Hattie.
    Yes I do live in Perth! I hear Queensland is beautiful..
    I’ve always wanted to go there!
    Love Yasmin x

    March 10, 2017 at 12:20 am



I went to Perth writers festival and it was AWSOME I can’t wait for Jacqueline Harvey to come back!!!

March 12, 2017 at 4:58 pm

Anshika Yadav


Hi Jacqueline,
Do you have any events in Brisbane after Cyclone Debbie it has put a lot of winds and flooding for NSW and QLD ?

March 31, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Jacqueline Harvey


    Hi An

    My heart goes out to all the people impacted by Cyclone Debbie and the flooding. I have only recently returned from a book tour from Brisbane to Bundaberg and had the most wonderful time. I will certainly look forward to coming back up to see you all as soon as I can.

    Best wishes,


    April 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm

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