Open Day

The KSP Writers' Centre annual Open Day is an opportunity to explore the services and activities offered by KSP, take a tour of the heritage property, buy a book from a local author, enjoy prose and poetry performances, and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and cake from the KSP Community Cafe.

COMING UP - Sunday 6 December 2020 - 11.00am-2.00pm



First built in 1910, KSP Writers' Centre at 11 Old York Road was formerly the home of successful novelist Katharine Susannah Prichard and her husband Captain Hugo Throssell VC, who was the first WA soldier to win a Victoria Cross in World War I. Prichard herself was the first Australian author to gain international recognition by winning the Hodder and Stoughton Literature Prize in 1915. Over the next fifty years, her most successful works were completed at her Greenmount home, now known as the KSP Writers’ Centre, in a beautiful writing studio built by her ANZAC hero husband.


Today the heritage-listed Centre is maintained and run by a dedicated group of volunteers with the united vision to support writers of all ages and abilities. This is achieved with the long-term financial support of the Shire of Mundaring, and KSP's community of members, Friends of Katharine, and other funding bodies. 

It is a fascinating property with stories hiding in every shadow - stories already written, including published works and tales of history, as well as stories in progress from our community of writing group members and Writers-in-Residence, and, finally, inspiration for stories yet to come, waiting for visitors to take home.

All Day Event Activities


In addition to the warm feeling gained by supporting a non-profit organisation, guests can enjoy:

KSP Cafe with free tea and coffee and jazz playlist on the balcony
Charity bake sale with delicious home-baked treats
Free guided tours of the historic property
 Sausage sizzle lunch 
Prose and poetry readings from KSP competition winners and KSP writing group members
Pick up a flyer about KSP’s events, services & activities

Wild Weeds Press information stall

Schedule of Proceedings



Welcome to Guests & Acknowledgement of Country

Patron’s Address – Glen Phillips


KSP Short Fiction Awards Ceremony

Featuring readings from select winners


Between 11am – 1.30pm

Sausage sizzle & KSP Cafe operating until supplies runs out


KSP Poetry Awards Ceremony

Featuring readings from select winners


Annette Cameron Encouragement Award Announcement
With sponsor Flora Smith

Featuring reading of winning poem

Followed by

Chairperson Farewell Address 


Guided Heritage Tour  


Close of Event

KSP Writers' Centre - Supporting Your Stories



The KSP Foundation management team respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on this land and commit to building a brighter future together.

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