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2019 State Conference

18 May, 2019

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ETAWA would like to thank everyone involved to help create and present another successful Conference

ETAWA 2019 State Conference


Shenton College
Saturday May 18th 2019


2019 Keynote Speaker


Narelda Jacobs

Narelda Jacobs has been a journalist at Network Ten for 16 years and is the presenter of Perth’s Ten Eyewitness News at 5.
Narelda loves her home town of Perth, with the world’s warmest people and best lifestyle. Her on air profile has given Narelda the opportunity to get involved in countless community events. Narelda is a patron of the Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA. She’s an Ambassador for the David Wirrpanda Foundation, Breast Cancer Care WA & the Disability Services Commission. In 2011 she was 1 of 13 Western Australian women who trekked Kokoda to raise money for Breast Cancer Care WA.


Alex andra Solosy Memorial Lecture

Laurie Steed

Laurie Steed is the author of You Belong Here, published in 2018, and the editor of Shibboleth and other stories, published in 2016. His fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing, The Review of Australian Fiction, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island, The Sleepers Almanac, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of fellowships from The University of Iowa, The Baltic Writing Residency, The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, The Katharine Susannah Prichard Foundation and The Fellowship of Writers (Western Australia). He currently teaches short fiction for Writers Victoria, and has previously worked in advisory roles for the Small Press Network, The Emerging Writers Festival and The Australia Council for the Arts. He lives in Perth, Western Australia with his wife and two young sons.


The Curious Journey Plenary Session

Josephine Wilson

Josephine Wilson’s second novel, Extinctions, won the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Colin Roderick Award after winning the inaugural Dorothy Hewett Award in manuscript form. Extinctions was also shortlisted for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction. Josephine is a Perth – based writer whose career began in the area of performance. Her early works included The Geography of Haunted Places, with Erin Hefferon ,and Customs. Her first novel was Cu sp, (UWA Publishing, 2005). Josephine has taught at Murdoch, the University of Western Australia, and Curtin University.


Ian Reid

Ian Reid is the author of a dozen books – fiction, non – fiction and poetry – whose work has been widely anthologised, awarded prizes, and translated into several languages. His previous historical novels are The End of Longing and That Untravelled World, both published
by UWA Publishing. He lives in Perth, where he is an adjunct professor at the University of Western Australia and an emeritus professor at Curtin University.


Tanya Dalziell

Tanya Dalziell is a Professor of English and Cultural Studies at The University of Western Australia. She co – edited Cultural Seeds: Essays on the work of Nick Cave with Karen Welberry, and was co – editor with Keiran Dolin and Tony Hughes – d’Aeth of ‘Compulsory Screening’ for Studies in Australasian Cinema 3.1. She has published a number of papers in anthologies and journals. Professor Dalziell’s key research areas are twentieth century literature, postcolonial studies, cinema studies, modernism, and Australian literature and film.


This year’s conference delivers on the theme of Curiosity with exceptional presenters including Miles Franklin Winner Josephine Wilson (Extinctions and Cusp) and our keynote speaker, the Lead News Presenter for Channel 10, Narelda Jacobs.

It doesn’t stop here. Author of You Belong Here (Young Adult Fiction) Laurie Steed will present the Alexandra Solosy Memorial Lecture which will be complemented nicely by a presentation from Jennifer Shand on the multidisciplinary nature of teaching Young Adult Fiction. Favourites including Claire Jones, Jenny Miraudo and Margaret Merga will share new and curious approaches to teaching the curriculum and don’t miss out on sessions that address the influence of Netflix, Project Based Learning, Curious questions about interpretive texts, teaching students with trauma and how to teach Aboriginal texts in a culturally sensitive manner.

There is so much more. We have created a program that is rich and will cater for the diverse interests and needs of all attendees. Please see the program for more details.

We know it is Election Day, though there are numerous polling booths close to the the venue, if you don’t get a chance to vote early and need to duck out throughout the day.

Make sure you take advantage of the extended date for Early Bird prices and register now. Don’t miss out. This is going to be a fantastic day.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

This year our conference will be held at Shenton College in Shenton Park. The school is within walking distance of the Fremantle train line, 998 and 999 bus routes, and has plenty of free parking on site.



18 May, 2019


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