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WRITING OUT OF ASIA, 2-5 December, 2011 in Perth, Western Australia

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Thanks to Emeritus Professor Dennis Haskell and the Westerly Centre for providing rooms for us to hold this gathering at the University of Western Australia.

 ‘Writing Out of Asia’ (Perth, 2-5 December, 2011)

 Roundtables/Provocations on:  Teaching Creative Writing in Asia, The Need for Literary Translators, and Literature as a Bridge Between Cultures + READINGS by visiting & local writers + half-day WRITING WORKSHOPS

hosted by


 in conjunction with

   Asia-Pacific Literature and Culture in the Era of the Digital Revolution’, 

14th Biennial Symposium on Literatures and Cultures of the Asia Pacific Region 


Friday, 2 December, 2011

2.00-3.30 pm:  ‘Teaching Creative Writing in Asia’ ROUNDTABLE   Everyone's contributions are welcome at this discussion led by short provocative addressesresented by Xu Xi (Chinese-Indonesian novelist currently overseeing the new low residency MFA in Creative Writing at the City University of Hong Kong), Isagani Cruz (Philippines), John Mateer (Australia), and Cristina Hidalgo (Professor Emeritus, English & Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines). VENUE: Dean's Committee Room, Arts Building, University of Western Australia (UWA).

4.00 – 5.00 pm:  AP WRITERS' Annual General Meeting - The Future of the Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership.  Everyone who has registered with AP Writers’ online is welcome.  VENUE: Dean's Committee Room, Arts Building, UWA.

5:30 pm: READINGS From Around the Region - Featured writers include Xu Xi (Hong Kong), Jose ‘Butch’ Dalisay (Philippine novelist short-listed for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize), Kyoko Yoshida (Japan), Qaisra Shahraz (Pakistan-born, UK-based novelist), Glen Phillips (Perth), Wendy Ella Wright (Adelaide), Susanna Ho (Hong Kong), Cristina Hidalgo (Philippines),  Iwan Sulistiawan/ ‘Bung Kelinci’ (Indonesia) & Free Hearty(Aceh-born author/journalist and lecturer at Al-Azhar University Jakarta and STBA-LIA on Literature & Culture) among others. (Click on the authors' name for more information.) VENUE: University Co-op Bookshop, UWA.

Sunday, 4 December, 2011

5.00 pm: Welcome Barbecue, St Thomas More College ($10)

 Monday,  5 December, 2011

AM .  Symposium opening sessions. day rate (including lunch) is available to anyone attending our 'Writing Out of Asia' Roundtables or workshops.  To obtain the day rate, please contact Dr Lucy Dougan at

 2:15 – 3:30 pm – ROUNDTABLE  ‘On Translation’ - Everyone's contributions are welcome at this discussion led by short provocative talks led by Kate Griffin (British Centre for Literary Translation), Kyoko Yoshida(Japan), Wendy Ella Wright(University of Adelaide.  Wendy’s  poetry has been published in Japan and her essay "Lost and found in Translation" was published by the Iowa International Writers Workshop). Chaired by Isagani Cruz. VENUE: Arts Lecture Room 4, Arts Building, UWA.

4:00 - 5:00  pm - ROUNDTABLE  on ‘Literature as a Bridge Between Cultures’, led by Alvin Pang (Singapore), Jose ‘Butch’ Dalisay (Philippines), Qaisra Shahraz and Christopher (Kit) Kelen (Australian/Macau). VENUE: Lecture Room 4, Arts Building, UWA.

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS - Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 December: These are informal and interactive Literary Conversations with some practical exercises. You need no qualifications to join these half-day sessions, only an interest in the area. Places are limited. Your registration will not be complete until payment is received. If you have trouble paying on line, contact 

Narrative Prose (Fiction & Creative Non Fiction) Workshop - 2-5 pm, Saturday 3 December: This session is suitable for those writing or seeking to write fiction or creative non-fiction, especially those with a general interest in Asia, even if your own writing is not necessarily Asia-based. Presenter:  Xu Xi is Writer-in-Residence at the City University of Hong Kong where she oversees an international, low-residency MFA in Creative Writing specializing in writing of Asia in English.  She is also Faculty Chair at the low-residency MFA in Writing, Vermont College of Fine Arts, USA. ( Xu Xi is also a Board member and the former Chair of the Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership.

Cost: AU$30

Venue: Arts Building Room G 27, University of Western Australia.

Poetry Workshop  - 2-5 pm, Saturday 3 December:  This session is suitable for those writing poetry, especially those with a general interest in Asia and elsewhere beyond Australia’s borders. Presenter:  John Mateer is the author of several books of poems, chapbooks that have appeared in Australia, South Africa, Japan, Sumatra, Macau and Portugal, and the prosebook Semar's Cave: an Indonesian Journal. He has been writer-in-residence in Japan, China, Indonesia, Portugal, Egypt, and was a fellow at the Iowa International Writing Program. In recent years he has been invited to read at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria and at PEN's Free the Word Festival in London. His latest books are The West: Australian Poems 1989-2009 (Fremantle Press) and Southern Barbarians (Giramondo) .

Cost: AU$30

Venue: Arts Building, G29, University of Western Australia.

Editing Workshop - 10:30 am- 1:30 pm, SUNDAY, 4 December: What is editing? When should writers put on their editor’s hat and what should they do with it on?  This workshop will introduce the main elements that writers use to polish work and ready it for publication. This session is suitable for anyone wanting to learn how to edit their own writing. You may bring a piece of work (±1000 wds) to the session but it is not necessary. Presenter:  Shelley Kenigsberg is a freelance editor, writer and trainer who works with writers and publishing houses in a range of genres. She has mentored many authors, edited a range of books and been a trainer of writers and editors. She has led long and short courses for editors, writers, language institutes, private corporations and at literary festivals in Australia, Indonesia, Japan and South Africa; been a panellist and presented courses at literary festivals and writers’ centres internationally. She inspired an initiative called Editing in Paradise (

Cost: AU$30

Venue: Arts Building, G29, University of Western Australia.

Please register directly with The Westerly Centre if you would like to participate in the symposium,  Asia-Pacific Literature and Culture in the Era of the Digital Revolution’.