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Past Perfect

Sharron Booth, Portland Jones & Bronwyn Rennex

Past Perfect Sat 25 Feb Fremantle Arts Centre, Upper Lawn $24
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Sat 25 Feb at Fremantle Arts Centre, Upper Lawn, from $24

Presented in association with Fremantle Arts Centre

Sharron Booth’s debut novel The Silence of Water spans the 19th and early 20th centuries, telling a sprawling tale of a family’s reckoning with the past, while Portland Jones’ new book Only Birds Above is also set in the past, exploring a family’s story of separation between the first and second world wars. Bronwyn Rennex delves into her family history to explore the personal and social impacts of the Vietnam War in her book Life with Birds. Join these three authors in conversation with Emily Paull.  

Sharron Booth

Sharron Booth was born in Yorkshire, England and emigrated to Western Australia as a child with her family in the 1970s. She has worked as a professional writer for more than 25 years. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and her creative work has been published in Southerly, LiNQ, The Australian and broadcast on ABC Radio. Her first novel, The Silence of Water, was shortlisted for the 2020 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award for an unpublished manuscript. Sharron lives near the river in Perth and when not writing, she enjoys yoga, the beach, the local live music scene and watching cricket.

Portland Jones

Portland Jones is a writer, lecturer and horse trainer who lives and works in the Swan Valley. She has a PhD in Literature and her first novel, Seeing the Elephant, was shortlisted for the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. Only Birds Above is her second novel. She has also co-authored a non-fiction book, Horses Hate Surprise Parties. Portland lives and works in the Swan Valley and is currently working on a third novel and another non-fiction book.

Bronwyn Rennex

Bronwyn Rennex is a writer, artist and arts professional. She recently completed a Master of Arts (Research) in Creative Writing at the University of Sydney and awarded the Dr Colin Roderick Prize in Australian Literature, for the best thesis on a topic in Australian Literature. Her poems have been published in Cordite Poetry Review and her photographs have been exhibited widely and are held in private and public collections. Until 2017 she was Co-Director of Stills Gallery in Sydney, where she worked with some of Australia’s most celebrated artists. More recently she has worked as an arts worker/consultant in Arnhem Land.

Time & Location

Sat 25 Feb

11.30am Fremantle Arts Centre, Upper Lawn, 1 Finnerty St, Fremantle / Walyalup



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