UNSWriting presents: Foreign-ness: Roanna Gonsalves speaks with writers Michelle Cahill and Ouyang Yu

When:20 Sep 2016, 6:30pm - 8pm
Venue:Io Myers Studio
Who:UNSW The Arts & Media - Creative Practice Lab

Presented by UNSWriting

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The politics and poetics of crossing borders.

I now prefer this sort of madness which is Australia. Quiet madness. You just want to be wind, part of the sun, part of a house, part of this non-connectedness.
Ouyang Yu

I confess I am an orphan, a page, perplexed by this elusive lettering.
Michelle Cahill

Writing across histories, countries and languages, sometimes the stories of minority writers in Australia have been unspeakable. How do minority writers engage with the mainstream without becoming tokenised? Questions such as these will be probed by this eminent panel, where writer and community activist, Roanna Gonsalves, speaks with prize winning authors Michelle Cahill and Ouyang Yu about how they have addressed the challenges facing writers of colour and incorporated multiple perspectives in their work.

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A workshop with prize-winning poet, Ouyang Yu

Anytime and anyhow: writing poetry in-situ.

‘How long do we need to wait till the past returns even if it was only a second ago?’

In this workshop Ouyang Yu will address issues such as the poet’s location and identity in a multicultural nation. He’ll give prompts or scenarios to students for writing poetry. The workshop will explore how things can be done poetically anywhere, anytime and anyhow.

This is a FREE workshop | All Welcome!

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Roanna Gonsalves

Roanna Gonsalves was born in Mumbai and came to Australia in 1998. She is widely involved as a speaker, writer and activist in the literary community. She is the founder and moderator of the South Asian Australian Writing Network (SAAWN) and the co-founder and co-editor of Southern Crossings. She has published memoir and fiction in the anthologies of diasporic and Indian writers Joyful Strains and Only Connect. Her short story collection, The Permanent Resident, is in press with the University of WA Press. She has also written creative non-fiction for stage, screen and radio. Her piece on racism in Australia, ‘Doosra: The life and times of an Indian student in Australia’, was broadcast on Australia Day in 2011.

Michelle Cahill

Michelle Cahill is the author of fiction, essays and two collections of poetry, the most recent of which, Vishvarupa, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. She was born in Kenya, she attended primary school in London before migrating to Australia. She lives in Sydney, where she graduated in Medicine and Arts. She has been a Creative Writing fellow at Kingston University and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Michelle edits the online literary magazine Mascara and is co-editor of the anthology Contemporary Asian Australian Poets. She has been shortlisted in the Elizabeth Jolley Prize and won the Hilary Mantel Short Story Prize and the Val Vallis Poetry Award. Her stunning debut collection of stories Letter to Pessoa has just come out with Giramondo.

Ouyang Yu

Ouyang Yu, now based in Melbourne, came to Australia in early 1991. He has published 83 books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, literary translation and literary criticism in English and Chinese. He also edits Australia’s only Chinese literary journal, Otherland. He was nominated one of the Top 100 Most Influential Melbournians for 2011 as well as the Top 10 most influential writers of Chinese origin in the Chinese diaspora. He is now the ‘Siyuan Scholar’ and professor of English at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, China.

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Michelle Cahill and Ouyang Yu's books will be available at 10% off the RRP courtesy of the UNSW Bookshop on the night.

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