writingWA initiates new publishing collabration

writingWA is delighted to announce a new international publishing collaboration between Ethos Books (Singapore) and Margaret River Press (Australia) to commission and publish 20 new works of short fiction.

The project is the result of nearly a year of discussion and planning between writingWA and the two publishers that began last October at the Frankfurt Book Fair.  

writingWA has enjoyed a productive relationship with Singapore’s writing community over many years and this new publication will be the second commissioned anthology arising from that (following the publication of an anthology for children, Near & Dear, in 2014).  writingWA CEO, Sharon Flindell said the collection had been conceived to help readers discover new literary voices and connect with stories beyond their own borders. “We are excited to have brought Margaret River Press and Ethos Books together to co-publish these works – both houses are strongly committed to publishing short fiction and to nurturing and launching exciting new literary talents in the genre.”

Margaret River Press Publisher, Caroline Wood said, “the collection, which will include both established and emerging writers, is a great opportunity to bring West Australian stories and authors to an international audience”.
Kum Suning, Editorial Manager at Ethos Books, looks forward to the discovery of unpublished talents, and their interpretation of issues that confront us in a time of geopolitical, social and economic anxieties, “What are our greatest fears? What are our common hopes? We are excited for the collection to dig deep and bring these questions to the fore.”

The publication, due to be launched in the third quarter of 2019, will feature short stories from both emerging and established authors and will be commercially published and distributed for sale in both Australia and Singapore. 

Bringing international writers to regional WA writers festivals

writingWA invests in several regional writers festivals throughout WA (with investment provided by the WA Departments of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Primary Industries and Regional Development, and Royalties for Regions). Since 2016 this investment has enabled us to create further opportunities to strengthen cultural partnerships with Singapore and Indonesia by regularly curating and sponsoring the participation of guest authors from these territories in two key regional Festivals – Big Sky Festival in Geraldton, and the Kimberley Writers Festival in Kununurra.  International guest authors have included:

@ Kimberley Writers Festival in Kununurra:
2018:  Ahmad Fuadi (Indonesia)
2017:  Danielle Lim (Singapore)
2016:  Agustinus Wibowo (Indonesia)

@ Big Sky Writers Festival in Geraldton
2018:  Nuraliah Norasid (Singapore)
2017:  Felix Cheong (Singapore)

Ubud Writers Festival

writingWA 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. WA Writers who have been supported to participate as guests of the Ubud Writers Festival:

2018: Kim Scott, Julia Lawrinson, Dervla McTiernan
2017: Shokoofeh Azar, Cristy Burne, Josephine Wilson
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


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 29  children's authors and illustrators from Western Australia to participate in the AFCC.

Writers supported to attend AFCC include:

2017: Lee Battersby and Briony Stewart
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 program 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

Thank you to our International Program Sponsors: