• English
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Literacy

Stories of Place - Conference

PL # 10642.
Starting on 22 Jul 2016
Cancellation permitted until 14/07/2016

Event registrations closed on 20/07/2016


A conference day of maritime storytelling featuring award-winning writers and historians. Journey from geographical locations around the world to the Western Australian coast, where the past meets the present and hear stories of exploration, discovery and adventure to ignite your own sense of place and inspire your students. Learn how historical objects, questioning and research come together as our expert writers share their passion and skills.

The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Gary Crew. Other writers include Norman Jorgensen, Mark Greenwood, Mike and Joy Lefroy.

This conference day will be held at The Esplanade Hotel - Fremantle and supported by the WA Museum and the History Teachers Association of WA (HTAWA) to coincide with the 400th Anniversary of Dirk Hartog's expedition and the 25th Anniversary Edition of Gary Crew's Strange Objects.

You will Gain:

  • Knowledge of WA maritime history to enhance your own understanding and inspire your students
  • Practical insights into the historical inquiry process from professional historians and writers
  • History and Geography skills through workshop activities
  • The opportunity to experience a walking tour with a Fremantle historian
  • Access to online resources, featured publications and a meet and greet (book signing) session with the writers


Professor Gary Crew

University Of The Sunshine Coast

Professor Gary Crew lives in Maleny, South East Queensland. His Creative Writing research base is the University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore. A graduate of the University of Queensland (Masters in Literature; specialising in Post-Colonial Studies), he taught English in Queensland High Schools for 18 years, Creative Writing at QUT for 9 years, and began the school of Creative Writing at USC in 1996, receiving a National Carrick Citation for that initiative. He took his Doctorate (Creative Writing) at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Gary has been internationally published since 1986 (The Inner Circle, Heinemann, London) and has won the Australian Children’s book of the Year 4 times: twice for his novels, twice for his illustrated books. Gary has also been awarded the American Children’s Book of Distinction, twice short listed for the Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Fiction Award in the USA, the Aurealis Award for Speculative Fiction, the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Writing, the New South Wales Premier’s Award, the Victorian Premier’s Award, the Wilderness Award for Children’s Writing and the Royal Geographic Society Whitley Award.

His over 100 short stories, novels and illustrated books are published all over the world. Gary regularly addresses and conducts Literary and Creative Writing workshops for International audiences. Other than his creative works, Gary’s research primarily focuses on Visual Literacy (particularly innovations in the illustrated book genre) and Post-Colonial Historical writing (particularly regarding the castaway in fiction and nonfiction). 

Gary’s iconic work on the wreck of the Batavia, Strange Objects (Hachette, 2015), is now available in a 25th year Anniversary edition with cover and foreword by Shaun Tan. His latest novel is Voicing the Dead (Ford St, 2015), which explores the impact of the wreck of the Charles Eaton off the Queensland coast in 1834. Gary continues to innovate in the design of his illustrated books with The Visions of Ichabod X, illustrated by Paul O’Sullivan (Harbour, 2015).


Event Segment

Date / Time

Starts: 08:30
Finishes: 15:30


Esplanade Hotel (The) - Fremantle
46-54 Marine Terrace, Perth
Fremantle WA 6160


Valet car-parking is available to delegates at a fee of $20.00 per vehicle per day, the use of this bay is not transferable. Alternative parking is available in the undercover, multi-story Collie Street Car Park situated adjacent to the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges in Collie Street. Parking is a flat rate of $22.00, subject to change. However it is advised that you use public transport to Fremantle Train station and then catch the FREE BLUE Cat to Marine Terrace.

Learning Area

  • English
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Literacy

School Area

  • Middle Primary (3-6)
  • Secondary (7-10)

Event Contact

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