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Writing WA and Kembali 20 Present


12:45pm, Sun 1 November, 2020

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We may not be able to visit Bali at the moment but Writing WA is joining hands with our friends at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival to bring a little taste of the Festival to Perth with Kembali 20 Perth – an afternoon of conversations with leading writers from Indonesia and Western Australia.  

Presented simultaneously to audiences in Northbridge and Ubud, the afternoon will consist of three sessions. And thanks to the talented chefs of The Rechabite, the afternoon also offers the possibility of sampling delicious Indonesian cuisine with the special catering package being offered. See 3 Session Pass + Catering for details.


13:00 – 14:00 - Live @ The Rechabite

Stephen Kinnane: Shadow Lines

Shadow Lines, Stephen Kinnane’s award-winning memoir, tells the story of Jessie Argyle, who was born in the remote East Kimberley and taken from her Aboriginal family at the age of five. It's also the story of Edward Smith, a young Englishman escaping the rigid structures of London. Despite unrelenting surveillance and harassment, the Smith home was a centre for Aboriginal cultural and social life for over 30 years.

Meri Fatin & Stephen Kinnane

 14:20 – 15:20 - Live from Bali

Eka Kurniawan's Indonesia

Eka Kurniawan is Indonesia’s most internationally renowned author since Pramoedya Ananta Toer. His Booker Prize-nominated 2016 novel Beauty is a Wound has been translated into 34 languages, while two of his other titles have also been published in several languages. Eka made headlines last year after refusing to accept an award from Indonesia’s Culture and Education Ministry. Join him for an expansive discussion about Indonesia’s literary landscape.

Jewel Topsfield & Eka Kurniawan

15:40 – 16:40 - Live @ The Rechabite

Writing in Times of Crisis

The works of three compelling Western Australian writers, Elizabeth Tan, Yuot Alaak, and Sophie McNeill, span memoir, fiction, and journalism. Join them in conversation with Gillian O'Shaughnessy to consider the ways in which writing and stories can provide meaning, comfort, and clarity in times of crisis.

Gillian O’Shaughnessy, Yuot Alaak, Elizabeth Tan,  and Sophie McNeill

Sunday 1 November from 1pm @ The Rechabite, 224 William Street Northbridge.

 Individual Session Tickets $5.00+BF  
 Afternoon Tickets $12.00+BF for all three sessions
 Afternoon Tickets + Catering Package $26.00+BF - includes all sessions, 3 x canapes and one complimentary glass of house beer, wine, or soft drink.

For further information re this event and our speakers go to writingwa.org.

This event is proudly sponsored by the City of Perth. 
 Kembali 20 Perth is an event for Kembali 20A REBUILD BALI FESTIVAL – presented by Writing WA and Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati.

 For further information about Kembali 20 go to www.ubudwritersfestival.com 


Yuot Alaak
Yuot A. Alaak is an emerging Western Australian writer whose short story The lost girl of Pajomba was anthologized by Margaret River Press in Ways of Being Here. His memoir, Father of the Lost Boys (Fremantle Press, 2020) was shortlisted for the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. He currently lives in Perth, where he works as a mining professional.

Yuot A. Alaak adalah seorang penulis emerging Australia Barat yang cerita pendeknya berjudul The lost girl of Pajomba masuk dalam antologi Ways of Being Here yang dikerjakan oleh Margaret River Press. Memoarnya, Father of the Lost Boys (Fremantle Press, 2020) masuk dalam daftar nominasi City of Fremantle Hungerford Award 2018. Ia saat ini tinggal di Perth, di mana ia bekerja sebagai pekerja pertambangan profesional.

Meri Fatin
An award-winning former producer, Meri Fatin started her podcast Rare Air in 2015. She has chaired conversations at Perth Festival for over a decade and was presenter of Writing WA’s monthly Cover to Cover series for Westlink TV. More recently, she has worked with the Disrupted Festival of Ideas and Quantum Words Perth.

Mantan produser peraih penghargaan, Meri Fatin memulai podcastnya Rare Air pada tahun 2015. Ia telah memandu percakapan di Perth Festival selama lebih dari satu dekade dan menjadi presenter serial bulanan Cover to Cover dari WritingWA untuk Westlink TV. Baru-baru ini, ia bekerja dengan Disrupted Festival of Ideas dan Quantum Words Perth.

Stephen Kinnane
Stephen Kinnane is a Marda Marda from Miriwoong country in East Kimberley, Western Australia. He has been an active writer and researcher for more than 25 years, in addition to lecturing and working on sustainability, politics and history. He is the author of the award-winning Shadow Lines, originally published in 2003 and released this year by Fremantle Press.

Stephen Kinnane adalah Marda Marda dari negara Miriwoong di Kimberley Timur, Australia. Ia telah menjadi penulis dan peneliti aktif selama lebih dari 25 tahun, selain mengajar dan bekerja di bidang keberlanjutan, politik, dan sejarah. Ia adalah penulis buku peraih penghargaan Shadow Lines, yang awalnya diterbitkan pada tahun 2003 dan diluncurkan kembali tahun ini oleh Fremantle Press.

Eka Kurniawan

Eka Kurniawan was the first Indonesian writer to be nominated for a Man Booker International Prize. His works have been translated into 24 languages. His highly-acclaimed novel, Beauty is a Wound, was listed in The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2015. Other than novels, he also writes short stories, movie scripts, and essays.

Eka Kurniawan adalah penulis Indonesia pertama yang dinominasikan untuk Man Booker International Prize. Karya-karyanya telah diterjemahkan ke dalam 24 bahasa. Novelnya yang sangat terkenal, Cantik Itu Luka, terdaftar dalam 100 Buku Terkemuka The New York Times tahun 2015. Selain novel, ia juga menulis banyak cerita pendek, naskah film, dan esai.

Sophie McNeill
Award-winning Sophie McNeill is the Australian researcher for Human Rights Watch, based in Western Australia. She was formerly an investigative reporter with ABC’s Four Corners program and has been a foreign correspondent for the ABC and SBS in the Middle East. She is also the author of We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know: Dispatches from an Age of Impunity.

Peraih penghargaan, Sophie McNeill adalah peneliti Australia untuk Human Rights Watch, yang berbasis di Australia Barat. Ia sebelumnya adalah reporter investigasi dengan program ABC’s Four Corners dan telah menjadi koresponden asing untuk ABC dan SBS di Timur Tengah. Ia juga merupakan penulis We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know: Dispatches from an Age of Impunity.

 Gillian O’Shaughnessy
Journalist Gillian O’Shaughnessy started work at the ABC in 1996 in the newsroom as a cadet reporter. In 2010 she made the shift to ABC Radio Perth and is now presenting for the show, Afternoons. She was a finalist in the Bath Flash Fiction Award and the London Independent Story Prize.

Jurnalis Gillian O’Shaughnessy mulai bekerja di ABC pada tahun 1996 di ruang redaksi sebagai seorang reporter magang. Pada tahun 2010 ia pindah ke ABC Radio Perth dan kini tampil untuk acara, Afternoons. Ia pernah menjadi finalis di Bath Flash Fiction Award dan London Independent Story Prize.

Elizabeth Tan
Elizabeth Tan is a writer and sessional academic at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. She was the co-editor of the 2019 anthology In This Desert, There Were Seeds and is the author of the novel-in-stories Rubik (2017) and the short fiction collection Smart Ovens for Lonely People (2020), both published by Brio.

Elizabeth Tan adalah seorang penulis dan akademisi profesional di Curtin University di Perth, Australia Barat. Ia adalah co-editor antologi 2019 berjudul In This Desert, There Were Seeds dan merupakan penulis novel-in-stories berjudul Rubik (2017) serta kumpulan fiksi pendek Smart Ovens for Lonely People (2020), keduanya diterbitkan oleh Brio.

Jewel Topsfield
Jewel Topsfield is a Melbourne editor at The Age, reporting on urban affairs, population growth and policy reform. She was the Indonesia correspondent for Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, based in Jakarta. She has won Walkley Awards for international journalism and a Lowy Institute Media Award, which recognizes journalists who have deepened the discussion of global issues in Australia.

Jewel Topsfield adalah editor Melbourne di The Age, melaporkan tentang urusan perkotaan, pertumbuhan populasi, dan reformasi kebijakan. Ia adalah koresponden Indonesia untuk Sydney Morning Herald dan The Age, yang berbasis di Jakarta. Ia telah memenangkan Walkley Awards untuk jurnalisme internasional dan Lowy Institute Media Award, yang menyoroti jurnalis yang telah memperdalam diskusi seputar isu-isu global di Australia.