(Sold out) Woodbridge tour with INSPIRE Writers in Residence

Poets Nandi Chinna and Scott-Patrick Mitchell will take guests on a tour of the historic house and grounds to talk about their experiences as INSPIRE Writers in Residence at Woodbridge. Lunch will follow the tour in the on-site cafe, Riverside at Woodbridge.

Join us at this special event, run in partnership with the onsite café, Riverside at Woodbridge, especially for the 2023 Australian Heritage Festival.

Woodbridge is one of Perth’s most valued heritage places. In addition to its architectural significance it has a rich collection of stories about the people who lived there.

Find out more about the stories of this former family home, school and Old Women’s Home and how they inspired works by Nandi and Scott-Patrick.

The INSPIRE Writer in Residence initiative is a partnership between the National Trust of Western Australia and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The initiative offers five emerging or established Western Australian writers a stipend of $5000 each and a residency for up to 15 days in a National Trust heritage place.

Meet at Woodbridge, Ford Street, Woodbridge

Tour runs 11.30 am to 1.00 pm, followed by lunch (included in ticket).

Places are limited.

Tickets: Adults $ 15.00 | Children $ 5.00 | Concession $ 12.00 | Family $ 45.00 | Members $ 5.00.

This event is part of the Australian Heritage Festival, proudly supported by Lotterywest.
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Meet the INSPIRE Writers in Residence

Nandi Chinna

Writer in Residence 2021

Nandi Chinna works as a research consultant, creativity facilitator, and poet based in Western Australia. Nandi’s artistic practice is described as being embedded in, and arising from, personal involvement in place and community. Her poetry has its genesis in a strong determination to craft creative works and poetry as a response to the ecologies and layers of history attached to particular places. Nandi won the Western Australian Writer’s Fellowship as part of the Western Australian Premier’s Prize in 2022.

Nandi’s interest in Woodbridge is primarily its location on the Swan River, and its significant role in the early development of the Swan River colony. She is interested in how the establishment of the site is connected to the proximity of the Swan River, and associated underground water and wetlands, and how the families that colonised the site used and interacted with the river. She is also interested in the pre-colonial history of the site and how it was lived in, used, and understood by the traditional custodians, the Whadjuk Noongar people.

Scott-Patrick Mitchell

INSPIRE Writer in Residence 2022-23

Scott-Patrick Mitchell is a queer non-binary poet, writer and educator who lives in Boorloo, Western Australia. SPM’s work appears in Contemporary Australian Poetry, Stories of Perth and Solid Air. Their first collection, Clean (Upswell, 2022), is an exploration of recovery and reconnection to family, identity and ecology. Mitchell is also the current recipient of the 2022 Red Room Poetry Fellowship with a project that explores Perth Canyon and West Australian beaches and beach culture.

Scott-Patrick is interested in how joy and nostalgia manifest in the archive, particularly as it pertains to family life at Woodbridge, and with reference to the display case filled with ephemera discovered in a cavity under the stairs in the tower, which includes an old football, pom-poms and a handmade paper crown.
(Author photo: David Cox Media)

Plan your Visit

(Sold out) Woodbridge tour with INSPIRE Writers in Residence


Woodbridge, Ford Street, Woodbridge

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