OzAsia Festival's Inspirational New Literary Line-Up

Posted by Adelaide Festival Centre on Monday 18 September 2017

A new South Australian literary initiative will bring together authors and experts in Australia-China relations with a fresh generation of inspiring voices from Australia and China for a thought-provoking and entertaining series of events.

OzAsia Festival’s inaugural Writing China program kicks off on Monday 2 October with a stand-out talk featuring writer and journalist Madeleine O’Dea (author of The Phoenix Years) in conversation with author, screenwriter and journalist Benjamin Law

The program continues on Sunday 8 October with a literary banquet of talks and panels running 11am to 6pm at the new Open State Hub in Victoria Square. Curated by Nicholas Jose and Sam Prior, the transcultural literary line-up is scheduled to include:

  • Hao Jingfang (China), winner of the 2016 World Sci-Fi Hugo Award for Best Novelette (Folding Beijing), multi-award winning fiction writer Dorothy Tse (Hong Kong) and lawyer-turned-writer Julie Koh traversing the complexities of modern life in Reimagining: Panel and Readings.
  • Up-and-coming writer and founding editor of Pencilled In magazine Yen-Rong Wong joined by art director / comic artist Rachel Ang and Julie Koh to continue the conversation on Growing Up Asian in Australia, 10 years on from the publication of Alice Pung’s landmark collection.
  • Famous Chinese-born blogger and writer Anthony (Liang Ma) discussing the creative process behind his best-selling picture book for young adults with a performative reading by New York trained Australian actor Alice Qin.
  • TV/radio presenter, actor and writer Annette Shun Wah, award winning director and producer Tim Roseman and Chinese-Singaporean actor and playwright Merlynn Tong taking on the future directions of playwriting in Australia.
  • Dr Xiang Ren of Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture on digital communication and Chinese cultures - how will new online platforms impact the future of writing and publishing?
  • Critically acclaimed writer Brian Castro, renowned contemporary artist John Young, and award-wining composer / media artist and Adelaide local Dr Luke Harrald reveal the inspiration behind the collaborative exhibition and book Macau Days.

Writing China is a free event open to the public.  It will be held on the final day of Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival – rounding out a dynamic 16 days and nights of arts and entertainment. 

“The program explores contemporary Chinese and Australian creative spaces,” says co-curator Nicholas Jose.

“Separately and together these exciting writers and artists are imagining alternative futures.”

OzAsia Festival’s Artistic Director Joseph Mitchell says: “Writing China is a program of free talks and events that looks at how writing, language, images and literature can be communicated across borders between Australia and China in the 21st Century.

“The various panels feature writers, theatre makers, illustrators, journalists and experts in Australia-China relations and the discussions will look at how writing and cross-cultural exchange has provided broader markets and opportunities for young creators in both China and Australia.”

OzAsia Festival’s Writing China program is supported by Playking Foundation, the Confucius Institute of the University of Adelaide and the Australian Government through the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The first ever delegation of Chinese writers to visit Australia came to Adelaide in 1980 with Australia-China Council support. Aligned with the 40th anniversary of ACC, Writing China will be a feature event in the OzAsia Festival program celebrating and building on this tradition.

For more information on the Writing China program and speakers:

Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival is supported by the Government of South Australia, Arts South Australia and Brand South Australia.

Media materials including high resolution images and biographies are available at Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/se4n20wuy6b4bsb/AAB19wuREBQnC5oPx6Hd_Cn6a?dl=0

For more information on Australia-China Council:

Social Media: #AusChinaCouncil40

Executive Festival Partner – The City of Adelaide

Festival Partners – The Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Confucius Institute at The University of Adelaide; Hong Kong Arts Development Council; Playking Foundation; ANZ; Adelaide Casino; Adelaide Airport; Wilson Parking; Toyota Australia; National Arts Council, Singapore; Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Singapore; Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia

Program Partners – Japan Foundation; Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy (BEKRAF); The Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia; the Open State festival; Hong Kong Economic Trade Office; Flinders University, Jembatan; Birdlife Australia; the Australia-Indonesia Institute, Australia-Korea Foundation and Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Official Airline – Singapore Airlines

Supply Partner – Stamford Plaza Adelaide

Wine Partner - O’Leary Walker Wines

Media Partners – The Advertiser, SBS, iAge Media, CityMag, ABC Radio Adelaide

Program Supporters – The City of Bandung, West Java; CultureLink Singapore


For further information on OzAsia Festival and all interview requests please contact:

Primary Contact

Sophie Gardner – Publicity Executive (08) 8216 8796 / 0402 593 672 sophie.gardner@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au


Secondary Contacts

Francesca Belperio – Publicity Executive (08) 8216 8699 / 0402 842 204 francesca.belperio@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

Clare Axford – Publicity Coordinator (08) 8216 8507 / 0414 794 400 clare.axford@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au