Writing WA has been pursuing strong relationships with writing and publishing communities throughout South-East Asia since 2010. During this time we have enabled nearly 60 Western Australian writers and illustrators to participate in major regional festivals such as the Asian Festival of Children’s Content and the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.
Our work in the region has also resulted in the commissioning and publication of two anthologies of short fiction. Collectively these publications feature the works of 17 Singaporean and 17 Western Australian writers.
In 2019 we expanded our international focus to create a new festival for Western Australia. In partnership with Teamwork Arts India, producers of the Jaipur Literature Festival – the largest literary event in the world – and the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, we launched the Confluence Festival of Indian Arts in Mandurah. The centre piece of this multi-arts festival was a two-day literary program featuring many outstanding authors including William Dalrymple, Shashi Tharoor and Kim Scott.
In 2021 we built on our longstanding relationship with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival to launch Ubud Writers & Readers Festival Perth. Over three days in October we were privileged to present an outstanding bilateral program of talks and performances featuring writers and artists from across Australia and South-East Asia. We now look forward to establishing Ubud Writers & Readers Festival Perth as an annual event in WA’s literary calendar.
Writing WA is proud to have created the conditions in which leading international cultural brands such as Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and Teamwork Arts India can establish their presence in Western Australia.
We welcome interest in our international programs from the private and corporate sectors. If you would like to discuss a potential alignment with one of our programs, please contact Writing WA’s CEO, Sharon Flindell, T. +61 (0)8 9228 9908 or E: s.flindell[at]writingwa.org