writingWA works closely with the National Book Development Council of Singapore to increase connectivity between the writing communities of Western Australia and Singapore. Since 2010 we have delivered a range of programs and created a variety of professional and audience development opportunities for writers.
The Asian Festival of Children's Content
This annual festival was established in 2010 and continues to grow in its scope and reach with each passing year, attracting delegates from across Asia. writingWA, with investment from the Department of Culture and the Arts, has supported a minimum of six children's authors and illustrators from Western Australia to participate in the AFCC annually.
Writers supported to attend AFCC include:
2016: Chris Nixon, Kylie Howarth, Julia Lawrinson, Jen Banyard, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Maria Allessandrino and Gabriel Evans
2015: Amanda Betts, Steve Heron, Wendy Binks, Elaine Forrestal, Sally Murphy, Brenton E McKenna
2014: Raewyn Caisley, Frané Lessac, Mark Greenwood, Cristy Burne, Lara Morgan, David Caddy, Deb Fitzpatrick
2013: Samantha Hughes, Wolfgang Bylsma, Norman Jorgensen, Chris Nixon, Meg McKinlay
2012: James Foley, Julia Lawrinson
Publication of the Near & Dear anthology of stories for Children
The anthology, edited by Ken Spillman, features 14 stories for children aged 9-12. Commissioned and published by writingWA, the collection includes seven stories by Singaporean writers and seven by Western Australian writers, with illustrations by WA's Tracey Gibbs and Singapore's Twistii.
Cultural Exchange Program
writingWA, with the support of the National Arts Council of Singapore, Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, and Awesome Festival created a two-year exchange program enabling 9 authors from WA and Singapore to conduct schools residencies in both territories. This programme was underpinned with the writingWA publication Near & Dear: Stories for Children from Australia and Singapore which was used as the principal resource in the delivery of workshops for students. 3000 copies of Near & Dear were distributed free of charge to participating/host schools in both territories.
Writers who participated in the exchange program included
2016: Norman Jorgensen and Julia Lawrinson
2015: Felix Cheong, Emily Lim, Ken Spillman and Elaine Forrestal
2014: AJ Low (aka Felicia Low and Adan Jiminez) and Shamini Flint
Ubud Writers Festival
writingWA also liaises closely with the directors of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, with the aim of increasing opportunities for Western Australian writers to appear in this prestigious international event.
With investment from the Department of Culture and the Arts, writingWA supports at least 3 WA writers to participate in this festival each year. For the first time in 2016 writingWA has been able to introduce reciprocity into this relationship by enabling the participation of Indonesian writer Agustinus Wibowo in the 2016 Kimberley Writers Festival. We aim to work with our other WA regional writers festival partners to increase opportunities for Indonesian writers in those programs in coming years.
WA Writers who have been supported to participate as guests of the Ubud Writers Festival:
2016: Annabel Smith, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Ken Spillman
2015: Amanda Curtin, Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse
2014: Clarrie Cameron, Margaret Whiskin, Amanda Betts, James Foley
2013: Frané Lessac, Mark Greenwood, Julienne van Loon
2012: Jon Doust, Colin Falconer, Vivienne Glance
2011: Brenda Walker, John Mateer, Simone Lazaroo