What Others Have Said About Us
“The APWP (now AP Writers & Translators) has been one of the great organisations in not only promoting writing from Asia and the Pacific, but in bringing together a network of possibilities hitherto untapped. It is already the single most valuable creative and cultural resource for anyone interested in writing in the region. I wholeheartedly support its future directions and urge other institutions to do likewise. The APWP's support for translation - an example of just one of its activities and one of my abiding interests - has been worthy of note.” - Professor Brian Castro, Chair, Creative Writing Discipline of English & Creative Writing, Co-Director, J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, The University of Adelaide
“I wish to offer my enthusiastic support for the Asia Pacific Writing Partnership (APWP), which is an effective and vital service organization and advocate for Australian and Asian writers. The network of connections that the APWP is building, linking writers, book festivals, writing programs, and literary centers, will surely change the trajectory of literature in the region—and the world. For the sparks created by the interaction of writers who discover commonality despite the vast distances separating them can be incredibly productive. And I have no doubt that what Jane Camens has singlehandedly put together will benefit writers for a long time to come. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending that (the APWP) AP Writers receive your full support.” - Christopher Merrill, Director, International Writing Program, The University of Iowa.
“ This seems already to have proved its value. I am one of those involved in creating an international creative writing network and I hope that AP Writers (formerly the APWP) will have a role to play in this. Its Australian base seems a logical and, indeed, necessary one though its reach obviously extends far beyond that. We have much to offer one another and the APWP has already done valuable outreach work in an area (beyond Australasia) where creative writing programmes are something of a rarity. Beyond that, creating and consolidating relations between such programmes in the Pacific and those in the US and Europe in particular can only be to the benefit of all of us and of writers who increasingly look beyond their own national boundaries.”- Professor Christopher Bigsby, Director, the Arthur Miller Centre, University of East Anglia.
“My participation last year in the 'Writing Across Cultures' symposium at City University of Hong Kong - an event organised by the Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership - was a hugely valuable experience in raising my awareness of developments in Creative Writing in the region. The exchange of knowledge and expertise enabled by the event led to the establishment of a number of exciting new links and collaborations between the UEA Creative Writing programme and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. The
role of the APWP was crucial to this and I look forward with great anticipation to our participation in future events and developments.” - Andrew Cowan, Director of Creative Writing, University of East Anglia.
“The networks developed and sustained by the APWP both inside Australia, Asia and further afield are valuable to both writers and wider literary economy alike... The coordination, support, advocacy and information sharing work done by APWP is unique and highly valuable, and your capacity to be flexible, strategic and creative admirable and enviable in equal measure. The conversations we had this year at Worlds involving APWP, WCN, BCLT (British Centre for Literary Translation), UEA, the Iowa International Workshop and others look likely to produce a number of interesting collaborations and I am excited by the opportunities the wider partnership might have to offer.” - Chris Gribble, Chief Executive, Writers’ Centre Norwich. (Host of the annual Worlds Literature Festival.)
“I am writing on behalf of the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT), based at the University of East Anglia, UK, to express our support for the Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership. BCLT's mission is to support and promote translation of literature from around the world into English; we are particularly interested in languages and literatures that are currently under-represented in English. As part of this mission we work closely with a range of international partners, including literature and translation organisations in other Anglophone countries. We are keen to work with the Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership to explore how we can encourage more translation from the languages of the Asia-Pacific region into English, as currently so little of the rich literature from this region makes its way into the hands of UK (and other Anglophone) readers. With its extensive experience and network of contacts, we believe that the APWP will be an excellent partner for us in this work. We look forward to what promises to be a very fruitful collaboration.”- Kate Griffin, Interim Director & International Programme Director, British Centre for Literary Translation.
“The APWP has been a visionary, innovative, voluntary initiative that has pulled together writers and creative writing teachers in the region and internationally, and its continued growth is testament to its vitality and importance. Collective, international institutional support is necessary if it is to be sustained, which will allow the APWP to draw upon an even wider network of educators and writers with a common goal of promoting literatures of the Asia Pacific in its myriad forms. If we truly wish to promote and advance a world literature, as opposed to literature dominated by Anglo-American commercial publishing interests, arguably the one that is the most powerful and well-funded today, then educational institutions need to take the lead in advancing other writers and literatures. The APWP provides such a forum for the region, and already has a proven track record that deserves stronger support.” - Xu Xi, Writer-in-Residence, Hong Kong City University (& Founder of the University’s MFA in Creative Writing)
“APWP is an idea whose time has come. The Partnership has already made a remarkable impact in a few years thanks to Jane Camens vision and stewardship. By broadening its Australian base it has the potential to ensure that Australia has a voice in some of the most important global literary conversations and exchanges.” - Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA Editor, Griffith REVIEW.
“…About the Asia Pacific New Writing Partnership: I'm delighted to write in support of its work. I have attended two conferences – one in Delhi, the other in Hong Kong- organised by the Partnership. Both conferences gave writers and academics from the Asia Pacific region and beyond an opportunity to present their work and discuss issues of common concern. They were both very well organised. It was clear that the work of the Partnership was both needed and appreciated. It has become a means of exploring both established and emerging practices of writing in the Asia Pacific region. I think it's clear that the full potential of the Partnership can only be realised if it has a secure institutional and financial base. I do hope this can happen.” - Jon Cook, Professor of Literature, Director of the Centre for Creative and Performing Arts University of East Anglia.