1 August - Book Launch: Bearing Witness - Essays in Honour of Brij Lal (Canberra)
The book is edited by Doug Munro and Jack Corbett. Refreshments will be provided. Brij V. Lal is a singular scholar. His work has spanned disciplines—from history to politics—and genres—from conventional monograph history, to participant history, political commentary, encyclopedia, biography and faction. Brij is without doubt the most eminent scholar Fiji has ever produced. He also remains the most significant public intellectual of his country, despite having been banned from entering it in 2009. He is also one of the leading Pacific historians of his generation, and an internationally recognised authority on the Indian diaspora.
5 August - A Night of Women's Poetry (Melbourne)
Grub Street Bookshop presents a special evening of poetry, where women and non-binary writers will spend ten minutes each sharing poems, followed by a question and answer panel session. Feauturing Lian Low, Romy Durrant, Manisha Anjali, Grace Amigo, Sari Gueya and Megan Petrie. This is a free event. Drinks will be available.
5 August - The Microfiction Mash Up (Mumbai)
Participants will be given 2-3 lines of a classic/popular prose, poetry, or song. Participants have to create their own continued version i.e. a mashup of the given piece. Participants will be allotted 15 minutes to create their mashup. The panel of judges will select the best ones and the winners will get to perform their mashups in front of a live audience. The creation has to fall under the category of micro-fiction which means brevity is of utmost importance.
8 August - Indian Traditions of Storytelling compared with Western Traditions (Melbourne)
Join us as Vayu Naidu discusses Indian storytelling in comparison to western traditions. In this talk, she will be investigating Indian, western and African oral and literary traditions. Vayu will branch out on how the imagination works, and how migration keeps these traditions alive.
11 August: Partition: Stories of Separation by Sonam Kalra (Delhi)
An experiential music performance using music, theatre, film, photography and design with Gopika Chowfla, Ahsan Ali, Salima Raza, Deepak Ramola and Manish Halder. Tickets also available at the programme desk, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre.
12 August: Khushnuma Daruwala: Writing to Get Published (Mumbai)
Discuss the woes and throes of writing a book with the author of the recently published 50 Cups of Coffee, Khushnuma Daruwala. Where does one start? How does one go about it? How does one look for a publisher? How do you handle those heart-breaking rejection emails (Gallons of beer is the best antidote we hear) and lots more. Come with questions or without. Grab a beer and let’s chat about writing and Khushnuma’s journey.
12-13 August - Sunshine Coast International Readers & Writers Festival (Sunshine Coast)
Featuring Dimity Powell, Dianne Wolfer, Zohab Zee Khan, Gabriella Salmon, Rashmii Amoah Bell, Sean Dorney, Francesca de Valence, Melanie Myers, Maria Arena, Grayham Bickley, Victoria Carless, Chris Collin, Sharon Brookes, Dr Liz Ellison and many more.
13 August - The Welcome Stranger (Melbourne)
academics who have examined themes of alienation and social estrangement in their work. William Maley, author of What is a Refugee?, Susan Carland, author of Fighting Hislam, and Rebecca Huntley, author of Still Lucky?, join Wheeler Centre host Sally Warhaft to examine how the idea of ‘stranger danger’ plays out in Australian culture and politics – from media reporting to foreign policy and refugee law.
16 August - Public Lecture: Jeet Thayil (Brisbane)
Booker Prize-shortlisted Indian novelist, poet, librettist and musician Jeet Thayil, will give a free public lecture and reading of his poetry and prose at QUT's Kelvin Grove campus. Jeet Thayil is the 2016 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence whose novel Narcopolis won the 2012 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and was shortlisted for five other prizes, including the Man Booker prize, the Man Asian Literature Prize and the Commonwealth Prize.
20-27 August - Beijing International Book Fair (Beijing)
On the occasion of the 24th Beijing International Book Fair, the Bookworm, in cooperation with CNPIEC, will coordinate a series of Literary Salons featuring leading Chinese and international writers in the China International Exhibition Centre and in the Bookworm.
23 August - Writers on Wednesdays: Storytelling for Social Change (Melbourne)
In this interactive seminar, be guided through the essential skills of human rights writing – from developing your story ideas to crafting compelling narratives that engage the public and inspire change. Facilitated by Roselina Press.
25 August - Manifesto Aotearoa Poetry (Wellington)
Join Unity Books for National Poetry Day! Nick Ascroft, Mary Cresswell, Anahera Gildea, Liang Yujing, and Keith Westwater will read from their work in Manifesto Aotearoa: 101 Political Poems edited by Philip Temple & Emma Neale (Otago University Press).
27 August - Tushar Mangl: Writing and Blogging Workshop (Delhi)
If you’re thinking of taking up blogging and learn more about creative writing, join Tushar Mangl to delve deeper into the key aspects of creative writing, running a successful blog and maintaining an income. Mangl will touch on basic writing and storytelling skills, power of content, blog strategy and how to generate revenue from blog writing.
7 September - From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy (Melbourne)
A new public seminar by Monash Asia Institute and Immigration Museum. The inaugural seminar will feature Professor Fazal Rizvi, who co-authored the recent report on Asian diasporas’ contribution to Australian economy, and discuss the limitations and potentials of the idea of the uses of Asian- Australians for Australian economy in the Asian century. The complicated relationship between Asian migrants and diasporas’ lives in and attachment to Australia as citizens and their connections and identifications with the “homeland” will also be discussed. RSVP by 7 September to email@example.com.
24 September - Book Club with Jhumpa Lahiri (London)
Jhumpa Lahiri will talk to John Mullan about her 2008 short story collection, Unaccustomed Earth. Much praised by critics and writers, including Khaled Hosseini and Lorrie Moore, the collection was a number one New York Times bestseller and won the Frank O'Connor international short story award. Lahiri's new novel, The Lowland, has been longlisted for this year's Man Booker Award.
2 October - International Translation Day (London)
This is an opportunity for translators, students, publishers, booksellers, librarians, bloggers and reviewers to come together and debate significant issues within the sector, discuss challenges and celebrate success. The vibrant day-long programme includes seminars on women writers in translation, multilingualism, the state of translation in higher education, alternative routes to publication and translating for the stage. Plus a detailed look at the entire chain from author to reader: what works and what doesn’t when it comes to publishing translated literature?
15 October - Mon@sia Symposium: Asia Literate Schooling in the Asian Century (Melbourne)
This symposium brings into dialogue three experts at the forefront of current thinking, policy and practice on Asia-related schooling. Their presentations draw on their respective contributions to Asia Literate Schooling in the Asian Century (Routledge 2015). This book critically scrutinises and analyses the concepts, policies and practices of Asia literate schooling, given the diverse, contemporary manifestations of ‘Asia’, and discusses the consequences for international debates and agendas about intercultural schooling in a global world.
18-19 November - Innovation & Experimentalism in Translation and Translation Theory (Norwich)
Innovative and experimental practices push the boundaries of a discipline, taking it in different directions, challenging existing thought and offering exciting new horizons. Innovation may come from outside – a challenge from other disciplines or cultures – or from within: a reaction against traditional approaches. At many points in history translation itself has been a vehicle for innovation, importing new forms across cultures, or making seminal texts available to new cohorts of readers.
21-28 November - The Inaugural EU-China International Literary Festival (Beijing and Chengdu)
In a new initiative developed by the Delegation of the European Union to China, the Bookworm will run the inaugural EU-China International Literary Festival in November. The festival will bring together writers from the European Union and China for a series of public events showcasing EU and Chinese finest literary talents. The first festival will visit Beijing and Chengdu and it is planned to feature different cities in subsequent festivals. Experience Europe is an information campaign aimed at Chinese audiences, inviting them to learn more about the European Union, its policies, values and cultural diversity, to share their experiences, and to experience Europe more directly.
6 December - Children's Literature in Translation (Norwich)
Join Daniel Hahn, award-winning translator and children’s literature expert, as he discusses the translation of children’s books, including some of his own experiences. This event is free and open to all.