Discover perspectives from Asian Australians and the use of writing to explore the boundaries of dominant Australian identity.
Brisbane Writers Festival 2017
Melanie Cheng is a writer and general practitioner. Of Chinese-Australian heritage, she was born in Adelaide, grew up in Hong Kong and now lives in Melbourne with her family. In 2016 she won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Australia Day is her first book.
Benjamin Law is a journalist, TV screenwriter, columnist and the author of two books: The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012), both of which were nominate for Australian Book Industry Awards. The Family Law is now an award-winning and AACTA-nominated TV series on SBS. Benjamin was also an associate producer and researcher of the SBS feature documentary Deep Water: The Real Story, the author on the current Quarterly Essay on Safe Schools and has a PhD in writing from QUT.
Yen-Rong is a Brisbane based writer, and the founding editor of Pencilled In, a magazine dedicated to showcasing the work of young Asian Australian artists. She has a keen interest in postcolonial and Gothic literatures, especially as they manifest in works by women of colour. Her work has been published in The Guardian, Overland, The Lifted Brow, Feminartsy, and The Quo, and she has been an artist at Noted Festival and Emerging Writers' Festival in 2017. She is currently working on a non fiction manuscript which explores the impacts of growing up Christian and Chinese on her attitudes towards sex, drugs, and music.
Julie Koh was born in Sydney to Chinese-Malaysian parents. She left a career in corporate law to pursue writing. She is the author of two short-story collections: Capital Misfits and Portable Curiosities. The latter was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Literary Awards, and the UTS Glenda Adams Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Julie was named a 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Her short stories have appeared in places including the Best Australian Stories in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and Best Australian Comedy Writing in 2016. She is the editor of BooksActually’s Gold Standard and a founding member of Kanganoulipo.
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