Festival Program


WrICE Papers Salon

Sun 2 Sep, 10am
ACMI Cinema 1

Be immersed in the imaginative worlds of Asia and Australia through a collage of readings on life and death. An ensemble performance weaves together the voices of 12 diverse writers from Mumbai to Melbourne, Seoul to Singapore.

Featuring Lavanya Shanbhogue Arvind, Andy Butler, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Joshua Ip, Fiona Murphy, Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas, Rajith Savanadasa, Dicky Senda, Saaro Umar and Han Yujoo.

This session is $22/$19. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July.

Supported by WrICE


1 hour

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Session Artists

Lavanya Shanbhogue Arvind (India) was the winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Special Prize in 2011 for ‘The Crystal Snuff Box and the Pappudum’. Her short fiction has been published in both Indian and international presses. She is the author of The Heavens We Chase, a novel set in pre-partition India under the British colonial rule. 

Andy Butler is a Filipino-Australian writer, curator and artist from Melbourne. His essays on art, politics and Australian culture have been published widely, including in Overland and Art+Australia.

Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal Poet Ali Cobby Eckerman is the author of seven books, including the verse novel Ruby Moonlight, the poetry collection Inside my Mother and the memoir Too Afraid to Cry. In 2017 she was awarded Yale University's Windham Campbell Prize in Poetry.

Joshua Ip is the author of two volumes of poetry: making love with scrabble tiles and sonnets from the singlish. He won the Singapore Literature Prize in 2014, and the Golden Point Award for prose in 2013 and for poetry in 2011, the highest Singaporean awards for published and unpublished writers respectively. He is currently working on his first graphic novel Ten Stories Below.

Fiona Murphy is a poet and essayist. Her work has been published in The Griffith Review, The Big Issue, Meanjin, and Kill Your Darlings, amongst others. In 2018, she was awarded a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship. She is currently working on a non-fiction manuscript about being deaf.

Rajith Savanadasa was named a Best Young Australian Novelist by the Sydney Morning Herald in 2017 for Ruins, his debut novel. Ruins was also shortlisted for the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal and the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction.

Saaro Umar is a writer and artist based in Narrm/Melbourne. Umar's work has been published in Australian Poetry, Cordite, Scum and Expound. 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. Saaro studies in the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) at RMIT.

Han Yujoo’s (South Korea) debut novel The Impossible Fairytale, translated into English and French from Korean, is her fourth work after three previously published collections of short stories: To the Moon, Book of Ice, and My Left Hand the King, My Right Hand the King’s Scribe. Yujoo is currently working toward another master’s degree in comparative literature from Seoul National University.

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