Lit Crawl takes over Beaufort Street

Published on Thursday, 13 February 2020 at 11:15:00 AM

Perth Festival is expanding to Mount Lawley with a roving literary party that will transform Beaufort Street into a literary art lover’s dream.

Perth’s first ever Lit Crawl is being held on the popular street on Thursday 20 February in a collaboration between Perth Festival, the City of Vincent and the Beaufort Street Network.

The Lit Crawl phenomenon, which started in San Francisco and has been run in dozens of cities around the world, brings literature into unpredictable venues.

Eighteen free events will be held along Beaufort Street for one night only when the sprawling literary adventure comes to Perth. Revelers will be able to experience everything from slam poetry to Indian dance at Lawley’s Bakery Café, Mt Lawley Art Framers and Gallery, Mary Street Bakery, Dainty Dowager, Beaufort Street Books and Planet Books.

“Perth Festival is an incredible celebration of culture and the arts and we are so excited that this world-class event is coming to Beaufort Street,” said Mayor Emma Cole.

“It is the perfect fit for Beaufort Street – a place that welcomes artists, authors, designers and foodies. And we know our local residents will really love having this on their doorstep.

“Perth’s first ever Lit Crawl is a must-do for literature lovers or anyone who is looking for a fun night out. Come and support our local businesses while enjoying a night of books and laughs.”

Lit Crawl will include readings by local authors who will publicly air their letters of complaint, slam poetry from some of the best in the county and fight club style tips from girls who box. Sessions are 45-minutes long and start at 6pm, 7.15pm and 8.30pm across the venues.

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In keeping with the literary theme, poetry installations by local kids have taken over Lightbox Laneway off Beaufort Street and will be in place for the Perth Festival event. Planet Books held a poetry workshop for kids aged 6 to 12 over September and October, with the support of Puffin Books Australia and the City. Two Perth local artists, Alex Geneve and Maddie Godfrey, worked with the kids to develop the poetry that is now on display.

“Lightbox Laneway often features visual artists but there are so many art forms we want to shine the spotlight on,” said Mayor Cole.

“The laneway will focus on young emerging poets we have here in our own community until the end of March.”

For more information on the Lightbox Laneway gallery, visit or contact the City on 9273 6000 or

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