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China Australia Writing Centre publishes short story collection

Media release

The work of several Curtin University staff has been featured in the China Australia Writing Centre’s (CAWC) inaugural publication.

As part of a special Australian edition of the prestigious Chinese journal Foreign Literature and Art, the publication features 15 short stories from Australian writers including Curtin’s Dr Deborah Hunn, Dr David Whish-Wilson and Professor Kim Scott from the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts.

Professor Scott, who wrote the introduction and helped select the stories, said he was proud to be involved.

“It was a great opportunity to look over recent (mostly) Australian short stories and to realise the outstanding quality and diversity of contemporary fiction,” Professor Scott said.

China Australia Writing Centre Director, Associate Professor Liz Byrski, said the Centre was delighted to be able to bring such a diverse collection of stories by some of Australia’s finest writers to Chinese readers.

“Some of the writers are already well known in China, while for others this is their Chinese debut,” Dr Byrski said.

“We hope this will be the first of many publications which will showcase Australian writers there, as well as others which will introduce Chinese writers to Australian readers.

“We are especially pleased to include images of, and information on, the Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork which forms part of the Curtin University Art Collection and is cared for by the John Curtin Gallery. The story of these young artists and their recently rediscovered artworks are an important and previously neglected corner of Australian history.”

The front and inside back cover of the publication showcase images from the Collection.

The China Australia Writing Centre is a research and creative partnership between Curtin University in Perth and Fudan University in Shanghai.

Established in 2015, the Centre showcases Australian writing in China and Chinese writing in Australia, and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas about writing and the teaching of writing in Chinese and Australian universities.