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Creative Conversations 2017: Looking Forward/Looking Back

This exciting literary event is a collaboration between CAWC and Fudan University in Shanghai. Hosted by Meri Fatin and Geraldine Blake, it will include four engaging panel discussions, across two sessions (morning and afternoon), exploring how Chinese and Australian artists approach problems of positioning, distance and perspective in relation to the past and the future.

Full program below.


Event details

DATE Saturday 28 October 2017

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle
Corner of Marine Terrace and Essex Street
Fremantle WA 6160


Morning session: 9.00am – 12.30pm (includes formal welcome, panels one and two and morning tea)

Afternoon session: 1:30pm (includes panels three and four and afternoon tea)

You can either register for the morning session (panels one and two) or the afternoon session (panels three and four).

If you register for all four panels, we would be delighted to provide you with a $10 food voucher to be used at any of the outlets at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle during Creative Conversations. This voucher will be provided to you on the day of the event.

TICKET $25 per session (includes two panels)
RSVP By Monday 23 October 2017


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Full program

Morning session
9am - 9.30am Registrations
9.30am - 10am

Welcome from Fremantle Mayor, Dr Brad Pettitt

10am - 11am

Panel one: The Future
It is up to you to break the old circuits. (Hélène Cixous)

  • Elizabeth Tan – novelist 
  • Matthew Chrulew – writer and scholar 
  • Xia Jia – Chinese science-fiction writer 
11am - 11.30am

Morning tea (catered) 

11.30 - 12.30pm

Panel two: The Past
The past isn't dead. It isn't even past. (William Faulkner)

  • Wayne Price – poet and short story writer
  • Huiyi Bao – medievalist and poet 
  • Paul Hetherington – poet 
12.30pm - 2pm Lunch break
Afternoon session  
1.30 - 2pm Registrations
2pm - 3pm

Panel three: Childhood and Youth
Childhood is a very, very tricky business. (Maurice Sendak)

  • Xia Jia – Chinese science-fiction writer 
  • Ryan Griffen – Cleverman writer/creator 
  • Dianne Touchell – young adult author 


3pm - 3.30pm Afternoon tea (catered)
3.30pm - 4.30pm

Panel four: Age
If youth knew; if age could. (Sigmund Freud)

  • Liz Byrski – novelist 
  • Brooke Davis – novelist  
  • Beth Yahp – author


For more information on the speakers, visit the CAWC website.

About the China Australia Writing Centre (CAWC)

The CAWC is a research and creative partnership between Curtin University in Perth and Fudan University in Shanghai.

Established in 2015, the centre showcases Australian writing in China and Chinese writing in Australia, and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas about writing and the teaching of writing in Chinese and Australian universities.

Creative Conversations 2016 panel recordings

Panel one - A Novel through Time
Panel two - The Power and the Passion: Writing from the Heart
Panel three - What is it about Crime?
Panel four - Making Waves: Writing that Challenges the Establishment


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