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Creative Conversations 2019: The Extra Life of Words

November 30, 2019
2pm to 4pm
Curtin 139 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
Curtin alumni
$12 (includes afternoon tea)

The China Australia Writing Centre (CAWC) hosts its literary showcase, Creative Conversations 2019: The Extra Life of Words, on Saturday 30 November 2019 at Curtin 139 St Georges Terrace.

This exciting event, a collaboration between Curtin University and Shanghai’s Fudan University, brings together three prize-winning writers who have all brought words to life in contexts other than the page, to engage audiences in innovative ways.

Facilitated by Meri Fatin, panellists Wang Yin, Jo Jones and two-time Miles Franklin award winner Kim Scott, will each discuss projects close to their hearts under the theme of ‘the extra life of words’.

Please join us for the China Australia Writing Centre’s flagship literary event.


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Meri Fatin

Meri Fatin, a former ABC producer, hosts her own podcast Rare Air, facilitates public discussions, and broadcasts from RTRFM. She was the host of Writing WA’s Cover to Cover series from 2015-17. In 2019, Meri has been in conversation with Leigh Sales, Ita Buttrose, Stan Grant, Natasha Lester, Clare Bowditch, Trent Dalton and Jane Caro.


Jo Jones

Jo Jones is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University. She has taught at a number of Australian universities, including the University of Western Australia and the University of Tasmania. Jo’s research interests include the complex connections between literature, history and place, and her monograph Falling Backwards: The Australian Historical Novel and the History Wars (UWAP, 2018) recently won the Niall Lucy Award. Jo is currently working on a project gathering interested people who can contribute to a deep map – a collection of multidisciplinary responses, including critical discussions and written creative responses – about the Swan (Derbarl Yerrigan) and Canning (Djarlgarra) Rivers, Perth, and the Don and Dee Rivers, Aberdeen.


Kim Scott

Kim Scott is a multi-award winning Noongar author whose novels include Benang (1999) and That Deadman Dance (2010), both winners of the Miles Franklin Award. His most recent novel is Taboo (2017). He has gained widespread acclaim for the way in which his writing explores questions of identity, race and history, and also for his interest in finding ways that Indigenous people might connect their ancient heritage to contemporary life. Kim has been involved with Curtin’s Centre for Aboriginal Studies, the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute and also the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Story Project. He is currently Professor of Writing in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin.


Wang Yin

Wang Yin is an award-winning and widely translated Chinese poet, writer, photographer and journalist. He is a columnist and staff writer with Southern Weekly, a famous Chinese newspaper covering culture and arts, writing profiles and interviews. Wang Yin’s publications include Art is not the only way: Interviews with Artists (2007) and Photo Script: Photographs and short essays (2012). In 2005, Wang Yin published a collection of self-selected poems spanning over 20 years. He followed this critically acclaimed collection with Limelight (2015), which won the prestigious Jiangnan and Dong Dang Zi Poetry Awards. In 2012, he launched the event: “Poetry Comes to Museum”, which is currently the longest running poetry event in China. He has participated in numerous photographic exhibitions around the world, and his photos are part of the collections of many art galleries. Wang Yin lives and works in Shanghai.