The Perth Writer’s Festival is over and preparations for another exciting Festival are now underway.
On Wednesday I went down to Esperance to work with the drama students at Esperance Senior High School on their improvisation of my Black Jack Anderson book. They will be presenting two performances of their work
for the Festival of the Wind, which is happening over the weekend 15th, 16th and 17th March. The theme of the Festival is ‘Our Nautical History’ and Black Jack Anderson fits right in to that. Although Middle Island is three hours away by sea, Esperance is still the closest town to the place where Australia’s most notorious pirate made his base. Stories of the exploits of Anderson and his men abound in the town, passed down from fathers and grandfathers of the current residents. And Dorothy André, curator of the Esperance Museum, is arguably the most knowledgable person in the world when it comes to information about Anderson’s time on Middle Island. The Museum contains artifacts and articles, paintings and documents that trace the history of the island which remains today very much as it was when the pirates abandoned it in 1835; remote, wild and unspoiled.
I can’t wait to see how the drama students, with expert guidance from Luke Robson and their teachers, translate the book into a stage performance.