West Writers Forum: West Writers X WrICE – CRAFT
Capping off a 6-week period of discussion and interrogation, three pairs of writers talk about their writing process and explore each other’s work.
WrICE Writers: Saaro Umar, Lavanya Shanbhogue Arvind, Norman Erikson Pasaribu.
West Writers: Nadia Niaz, Georgia Mill, Sumudu Samarawickrama.
Hosted by Andy Butler.
WHEN: Sunday 1 September, 11am – 12:15pm
VENUE: Footscray Community Arts Centre
COST: Free. Bookings required.
Nadia Niaz is a writer and academic whose work investigates multilingual creative expression and language use among globally mobile cohorts. She is the founder of the Australian Multilingual Writing Project.
Georgia Mill is an artist and writer based in Naarm (Melbourne). She is a member of the West Writers Group with Footscray Community Arts Centre and is on the KINGS Artist-Run committee. In 2018 she was long-listed for The Lifted Brow Prize for Experimental Non-fiction and short-listed for the Scribe Non-Fiction Prize. Her writing has been published online by Witness Performance. Georgia has exhibited at Seventh Gallery, Trocadero Gallery, Alternating Current Art Space, Place Gallery, West Projections Festival, Punctum Live Arts Organisation, Nocturnal Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival and INSTINC AIR Singapore. Website: https://www.georgia-mill.com/ Twitter: @_GeorgiaMill
Sumudu Samarawickrama is from Werribee. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, TLB, Meanjin and Overland. Her first chapbook, Utter the Thing: deciBels 3 is published by Vagabond Press and is currently at work writing a collection of surrealistic sci-fi.
Saaro Umar is an Oromo poet. Her work has appeared in Australian Poetry, Demos, Voiceworks, Expound and Scum amongst others. She placed runner up in the June Shenfield Poetry Award for Emerging Poets in 2016 and in the same year was the recipient of the Dorothy Hewett Fellowship. Earlier this year she edited the Afro Australian Edition of Cordite Poetry Review.
Lavanya Shanbhogue Arvind (India) was the winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Special Prize in 2011. Her winning story, ‘The Crystal Snuff Box and the Pappudum’, was adapted for radio by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. Lavanya’s short fiction has been published in both Indian and international presses. Most recently she is the author of The Heavens We Chase, a novel set in pre-partition India under the British colonial rule. Currently she is a feminist research scholar at the TATA Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), where she was awarded the Institute’s gold medal for academic performance, 2015–2017.
Norman Erikson Pasaribu (Indonesia) was born in Jakarta. He worked for Indonesia’s tax office for almost six years before resigning in 2016 to pursue writing. His first short story collection Hanya Kamu yang Tahu Berapa Lama Lagi Aku Harus Menunggu [Only You Know How Much Longer I Should Wait] was shortlisted for the 2014 Khatulistiwa Literary Award for Prose. In 2015 he was one of the emerging writers at Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. His debut poetry collection, Sergius Mencari Bacchus [Sergius Seeks Bacchus], won first prize in the 2015 Jakarta Arts Council Poetry Competition and was also shortlisted for the 2016 Khatulistiwa Literary Award for Poetry.
Andy Butler is a Filipino-Australian writer and curator. His practice interrogates the tensions between structural Whiteness and diversity discourse in progressive communities. His non-fiction writing has appeared in Overland, Art+Australia and PEN Melbourne Quarterly. Andy also writes fiction, makes zines and performs spoken word. He performed at the 2017 Emerging Writers Festival, participated in the 2017 Emerging Cultural Leaders program and was awarded a Glenfern Fellowship through Writers Victoria. Andy is on the committee of Chapter House Lane gallery, and is a 2018/2019 Program Advisory Committee member for the Emerging Writers Festival. He studies in the Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT.
IMAGE: West Writers 2018. Image by Snehargho Ghosh.