13 May 2008

off to the 2008 sydney writers festival


2008 Sydney Writers Festival TV commercial, created, directed and shot by Saatchi Design, Composition by Cameron Bruce

University of the Philippines alumna and Consul General Ma. Theresa Lazaro of the Philippine Consulate in Sydney announces that the 2008 Sydney Writers’ Festival will be held from 19 to 25 May 2008 in various locations in Sydney.

This is the 9th year of the Sydney Writers’ Festival which will bring 70 international guests from all parts of the world. The great writers and thinkers participating in the Festival will cover fiction, non-fiction, poetry, journalism, scriptwriting, film, new media and much more."

One of the important highlights of this year's event is the participation of Filipino literati consisting of Dr. Jose "Butch" Dalisay, Dr. Jose Wendell Capili, Merlinda Bobis, Robert Nery, Cesar Leyco Aguila and Pascal Daanton Berry.

The Consulate supported the participation of Dr. Jose "Butch" Dalisay as one of the invited international writers. Dr. Dalisay has won awards and prizes for his fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction and screenplays, including 16 Palanca Awards. He teaches English and Creative Writing as a full-time professor at the University of the Philippines. His novel Soledad's Sister was shortlisted for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize in 2007.

Consul General Maria Theresa Lazaro said that the "participation of Dr. Dalisay, Dr. Capili and the other distinguished Filipino-Australian writers is Australia's recognition of the rich literary and cultural heritage of the Philippines".

The Consulate invites the Filipino-Australian community to attend any of the following Filipino events of the Sydney Writers' Festival:

1. Spotlight on Asia
25 May 2008, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studieo, 22 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay

- Dr. Dalisay offers a compassionate portrayal of contemporary society from the Philippines

2. Cultures Intertwined: Junot Diaz and Jose Dalisay
25 May 2008, 3:30-4:30 pm
Pier 2/3, Downstairs, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road. Walsli Bay

- Junot Diaz and Jose Dalisay discuss their novels that cross time and space and deal wit history and migration

3. Salu-Salo: In Conversation with Filipino-Australian Writers
25 May 2008, 3:00-5:00 pm
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Casula Road, Casula

- Salu-salo is the first anthology of Filipino-Australian writing revealing the positive contributions of Philippine communities in Australia. Merlinda Bobis, Cesar Leyco Aguila and Robert Nery speak with editor, Jose Wendell Capili

Booking essential: 98241121 or reception@casulapowerhouse.com

4. Writing for Performance with Daantos Berry
24 May 2008, 3:30-4 30 pm
Blacktown Arts Centre, 78 Flushcombe Rd, Blacktown

- Pascal Daantos Berry explores writing for contemporary performance. This session marks the Blacktown launch of Salu-Salo - an anthology of Philippine-Australian writing.

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Sydney Writers' Festival 2008 - Online Program

Writing for Performance with Pascal Daantos Berry
Event 246

Pascal Daantos Berry is the writer of the critically acclaimed theatre production The Folding Wife. This session explores writing for contemporary performance in a multi-artform context and is illustrated with video recordings from a 2007 performance of the play. Berry discusses his practice, with a focus on the very specific writing required for the development of The Folding Wife script into a theatre production. He speaks with Jose Wendell P. Capilli.

The event also marks the Blacktown launch of Salu-Salo – an anthology of contemporary Philippine Australian writing. The anthology of creative writing by Filipino migrant writers in Australia aims to heighten the consciousness of Australians about the positive contributions of various Philippine communities in Australia.


Participants
Pascal Daantos Berry, Jose Wendell P. Capili (facilitator)

When
Saturday, May 24 2008
15:30 - 16:30

Where
Blacktown Arts Centre
78 Flushcombe Rd
Blacktown
Venue and Transport Info...

Cost
Free

Bookings
9839 6558


PASCAL DAANTOS BERRY (LOCAL)
Pascal Daantos Berry is a young writer and dramaturg, originally from Cebu, The Philippines. His most recent work, The Folding Wife, was produced in 2007 in association with Urban Theatre Projects and Blacktown Arts Centre.

His other work includes Jerusalem Syndrome, The Great Tale, Found Objects, Triptych, Ancestry of My Eyes, Conversations Through the Wall, Defecating Jesus and Querida. His awards include Belvoir Street Theatre’s Asian Australian Young Playwrights Award 1996 and a London Royal Court Residency in 2000.

His work has been presented for Radio National, Griffin Theatre, Australian Choreographic Centre, Belvoir Street Theatre, Performance Space, ATYP, Multicultural Theatre Alliance, Platform 27 and Canberra Youth Theatre.


JOSE WENDELL P. CAPILI (LOCAL)Capili, Jose Wendell
Jose Wendell P. Capili earned his degrees from the University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, University of Tokyo, the University of Cambridge and the Australian National University, where he completed his PhD at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies.

He is an Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines College of Arts and Letters where he is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Head of the Graduate Studies Office. He has received Palanca, Cultural Center of the Philippines and University of the Philippines prizes for literature as well as scholarships, grants and fellowships from the British, Japanese, Korean, Philippine, Malaysian and Australian governments.

Capili has four books A Madness of Birds, Bloom and Memory, Mabuhay to Beauty (as editor) and From the Editors: Migrant Communities and Emerging Australian Literature (as editor).

In 2005, he was a visiting scholar at the National University of Singapore, University of Sydney, University of Western Australia, University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland.

also appearing at...
314: Salu-Salo: in Conversation with Filipino-Australian Writers


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Salu-Salo: in Conversation with Filipino-Australian Writers
Event 314

As part of its commitment to give voice to local communities, Casula Powerhouse partners with Blacktown Arts Centre to publish Salu-Salo, the first-ever anthology of Filipino-Australian writing. The anthology reveals the positive contributions of various Philippine communities and addresses current and past generations' processes of integration into multicultural Australia. The event will bring together writers Merlinda Bobis, Cesar Leyco Aguila and Robert Nery to start the conversation with anthology editor, Jose Wendell Capili. The talk will be followed by the launch of the anthology.


Participants
Merlinda Bobis, Robert Nery, Cesar Leyco Aguila, Jose Wendell P. Capili (facilitator)

When
Sunday, May 25 2008
15:00 - 17:00

Where
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
1 Casula Road
Casula
Venue and Transport Info...

Cost
Free
Bookings essential
9824 1121
reception@casulapowerhouse.com


CESAR LEYCO AGUILA (LOCAL)Aguila, Cesar Leyco
Cesar Leyco Aguila moved from the Philippines to Australia over 20 years ago, leaving behind a rich body of work as a journalist (United Press International, The Asian News Service, The Philippines Herald, Philippines Free Press) and as a writer of short stories and poems (the University of Santo Tomas’ prestigious journal, The Varsitarian, Sunday Times Magazine, Kislap, Graphic).

In Australia, Cesar Leyco Aguila joined SBS as a sub-editor before becoming an associate producer of its evening news television programme and radio chief of staff. It was while at SBS that he began work on his first novel, the historical Between Two Worlds.


JOSE WENDELL P. CAPILI (LOCAL)Capili, Jose Wendell
Jose Wendell P. Capili earned his degrees from the University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, University of Tokyo, the University of Cambridge and the Australian National University, where he completed his PhD at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies.

He is an Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines College of Arts and Letters where he is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Head of the Graduate Studies Office. He has received Palanca, Cultural Center of the Philippines and University of the Philippines prizes for literature as well as scholarships, grants and fellowships from the British, Japanese, Korean, Philippine, Malaysian and Australian governments.

Capili has four books A Madness of Birds, Bloom and Memory, Mabuhay to Beauty (as editor) and From the Editors: Migrant Communities and Emerging Australian Literature (as editor).

In 2005, he was a visiting scholar at the National University of Singapore, University of Sydney, University of Western Australia, University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland.

also appearing at...
246: Writing for Performance with Pascal Daantos Berry


ROBERT NERY (LOCAL)Nery, Robert
Robert Nery is a poet, critic, video artist and filmmaker.

His short videos (in collaboration with Gabrielle Finnane) have been shown in various places in Australia. His 90-minute video essay Black Nazarene centres on the Holy Week crucifixions in a town north of Manila. He co-wrote I, Eugenia, directed by Gabrielle Finnane. He is a member of The Boondocks, and is at work on its first project, I, On A Tropical Night – on Ferdinand Marcos and life during the Cold War – to be installed in Casula Powerhouse in 2008. He has also a forthcoming video essay, The Hero Takes A Walk, shot during a recent Asialink residency in Manila.

Nery studied social anthropology and philosophy at the University of Sydney. He is currently enrolled in the Doctorate in Creative Arts program at the University Of Technology.


MERLINDA BOBIS (LOCAL)Bobis, Merlinda
Merlinda Bobis has received various awards, prizes and fellowships for her fiction, poetry and plays.

Her poetry book Summer was a Fast Train Without Terminals was shortlisted for The Age Poetry Book Award. Her plays have been performed in Australia, The Philippines, France, China, Thailand and the Slovak Republic.

Banana Heart Summer was her first novel and was shortlisted for the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal. The Solemn Lantern Maker is her second novel.

As a performer for stage and radio, Merlinda works with artists from various genres and she lectures in creative writing at the University of Wollongong.

www.merlindabobis.com.au



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Spotlight on Asia
Event 269
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Jose Dalisay Jr was shortlisted for the 2007 Man Asian Literary Prize for Soledad's Sister which offers an unillusioned, compassionate portrayal of contemporary society from a Philippines perspective.

David Davidar’s unflinching novel is set among the Bombay riots of the 1990s. The Solitude of Emperors is about what drives fundamentalist beliefs and what makes someone driven, bold or mad enough to make a stand.

Felix Cheong is a Singaporean poet whose recurrent themes include love, the act of writing and humanity.

Jose Dalisay Jr, David Davidar and Felix Cheong discuss their work.


Participants
Felix Cheong, David Davidar, Jose Dalisay Jr

When
Sunday, May 25 2008
09:30 - 10:30

Where
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio
22 Hickson Road
Walsh Bay
Venue and Transport Info...

Cost
$15/$10

Bookings
9250 1988
www.sydneytheatre.org.au


FELIX CHEONG (INTERNATIONAL)
Felix Cheong was the recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist of the Year for Literature Award in 2000. He has published three books of poetry. He has also published a non-fiction book, Different, which includes interviews with more than 50 successful Singaporeans such as pop singer Kit Chan and entrepreneur Charles Wong.

His first work of teen fiction, The Call from Crying House is now being used as an English literature text in secondary schools. The sequel, Woman in the Last Carriage, was published in 2007. Felix’s creative work has been published extensively in newspapers, poetry journals and foreign journals.

A graduate of the National University of Singapore, Felix completed his Master of Philosophy in creative writing at the University of Queensland in 2002. He is currently an adjunct lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Temasek Polytechnic. In addition, he’s a film critic with Today and a regular columnist with business weekly The Edge Singapore.

also appearing at...
99: Poetry International


JOSE DALISAY JR (INTERNATIONAL)Dalisay, Jose
Jose Dalisay Jr. has won awards and prizes for his fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction and screenplays, including 16 Palanca Awards. Soledade’s Sister was shortlisted for the Man Asia Prize.

Jose Dalisay Jr.’s participation in Sydney Writers’ Festival is supported by the Philippine Consulate General.
www.penmanila.net

also appearing at...
316: Cultures Intertwined: Junot Díaz and Jose Dalisay


DAVID DAVIDAR (INTERNATIONAL)Davidar, David
David Davidar is President and Publisher of Penguin Books Canada. Additionally, he is a director on the board of Penguin India. Before he was transferred to Toronto in January 2004, he was Group CEO of Pearson India.

Davidar began his publishing career in his mid twenties as one of the founding members of Penguin India. Penguin India is now Asia’s largest English language consumer publishing house, publishing over 200 new books a year. The Penguin India list includes some of the best known Indian authors (and authors who write about India) in the world.

Before he came to Penguin, Davidar was a magazine editor in Bombay, editing one of India’s largest English language magazines.

David Davidar obtained his BSc from Madras University and has a diploma in publishing from Harvard University. He has also attended senior management programmes at INSEAD and the Indian Institute of Management.

His first novel, The House of Blue Mangoes, was published around the world and was translated into 16 languages and sold over 100,000 copies. It featured on the Amazon Hot 100 list and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a Booksense ‘76 pick. His second novel, The Solitude of Emperors, was published in 2007.

also appearing at...
341: From Pen to Reader
84: Tales of Obsession
100: David Davidar in Conversation



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Cultures Intertwined: Junot Díaz and Jose Dalisay
Event 316

Junot Díaz’s The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a multi-generational tale about the de Leon family whose lives are split between the Dominican Republic and New Jersey, while the shadow of the dictator Rafael Trujillo hovers over the story like Sauron.

Jose Dalisay Jr’s Soledad’s Sister was shortlisted for the 2007 Man Asia prize. It begins when a casket arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, bearing the body of one among over 300 overseas workers who return as corpses at Manila’s airport every year.

Junot Díaz and Jose Dalisay discuss their award winning novels that cross time and space, and deal with the products of two cultures.


Participants
Junot Díaz, Jose Dalisay Jr

When
Sunday, May 25 2008
15:30 - 16:30

Where
Pier 2/3, Downstairs
Pier 2/3, Hickson Road
Walsh Bay
Venue and Transport Info...

Cost
$15/$10

Bookings
9250 1988
www.sydneytheatre.org.au


JOSE DALISAY JR (INTERNATIONAL)Dalisay, Jose
Jose Dalisay Jr. has won awards and prizes for his fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction and screenplays, including 16 Palanca Awards. Soledade’s Sister was shortlisted for the Man Asia Prize.

Jose Dalisay Jr.’s participation in Sydney Writers’ Festival is supported by the Philippine Consulate General.
www.penmanila.net

also appearing at...
269: Spotlight on Asia


JUNOT DIAZ (INTERNATIONAL)Diaz, junot
Junot Díaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his Master of fine arts degree from Cornell University. His collection of short stories, Drown, was described as "a dazzlingly talented first book" by Hermione Lee in the Independent on Sunday.

He teaches creative writing at Massachussetts Institute of Technology. The critically acclaimed The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is his first novel. It recently won the Pulitzer prize for fiction.

www.junotdiaz.com

also appearing at...
193: The Big Reading
224: Junot Díaz in Conversation with Ramona Koval
330: Closing Address: Junot Díaz


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