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Musical Reading with Stephen Scourfield

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Meet the West Australian's travel editor
Audiences are in for a double treat at Koorliny Arts Centre's 2014 Stories on Stage program on April 2 when writer Stephen Scourfield and instrumentalist Jesse Deane join forces for a musical reading.

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Stephen Scourfield: author, journalist, editor, photographer

Scourfield, known in Perth in connection with his role as travel editor of The West Australian, is also the author of several acclaimed fiction and non-fiction books, including As the river Runs and Beautiful Witness.

The atmospheric musical reading will feature his 2013 book, Beautiful Witness, which represents the last few years of the author's travels as well as delving into his life to find deeper echoes in these stories. I enjoy reading Scourfield's articles each week, so I'm particularly looking forward to seeing how the musical reading works.

[ADVERT]To Scourfield, performing a book is just another way of storytelling, and while his novels are about other peoples' lives, Beautiful Witness is very much about his life. It's not the first time he's performed from one of his books, either. The concept first came about as part of the Winter Arts Festival with a four-part performance between dinner courses at the University of Western Australia Club, and in 2013, another event had a chef matching food to four different stories from around the world.

Scourfield is looking forward to performing Beautiful Witness in Koorliny Arts Centre's intimate theatre with Deane, who he describes as "brilliant".

Following the musical reading, Scourfield will speak about travel writing, before inviting questions from audience members. Is travel writing as glamorous as it sounds? What's a typical day like? And how does one become a travel writer? I suspect some myths may be debunked and other stories will inspire.

The evening will close with supper, book signings and a meet and greet on the stage.

Stories on Stage starts at 7pm in the centre's main theatre and costs $15, which includes supper.

Books will be available to buy on the night and one copy of one of the author's books will be given as a door prize.

Stories on Stage recently featured on 720 ABC and was praised for being a fabulous literary project in the southern suburbs, especially since it's in an intimate theatre setting. Other authors already confirmed for the 2014 Stories on Stage program include newspaper columnist Ros Thomas, poet Annamarie Weldon in conversation with The West Australian books editor Will Yeoman, and historical fiction author Michelle Diener.

Bookings are essential on 9467 7118 or you can book online here.
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When: April 2, 2014
Phone: (08) 9467 7118
Where: Sulphur Road, Kwinana
Cost: $15
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