Wee Kim Wee Centre is proud to present Writers In Celebration 2017 featuring wonderful writers from Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Please come and enjoy listening as they read from their works and participate in the different/various discussions. Also imbibe of some fine drinks and good food.
Monday 24 April Reading
Featuring the Australians
Dennis Haskell, Annamarie Weldon & Satendra Nandan.
Tuesday 25 April Panel discussion
The Relevance of Literature In A Time of Confusion
Annamarie Weldon & Darryl Whetter in Conversation with
Wednesday 26 April
DOES LITERATURE HEAL OR WOUND:
Reflections from Poetry & Politics
Thursday 27 April
Featuring the Canadians
Darryl Whetter, Matthew Bloomfield & Bob Paquin
Friday 28 April
LITERATURE & THE CHALLENGE OF MULTICULTURALISM
Dennis Haskell & Darryl Whetter in Conversation with
About the Authors
ANNAMARIA WELDON is a poet, essayist, and photographer of natural habitats. She received the inaugural Nature Conservancy Australia Essay Prize 2010, the Tom Collins Poetry Prize 2011 and was shortlisted for the Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2012. Following her 2016 visit to Malta as Artist-in-Residence with St James Cavalier Centre, Annamaria is writing poetry inspired by the island’s Neolithic Temple Culture and Phoenician history. Weldon migrated to WA from Malta shortly after the publication of her first poetry collection (Ropes of Sand, Ass. News, Malta, 1983). The Roof Milkers (Sunline Press, 2008) followed, and recently The Lakes Apprentice (UWAP, 2014), a volume of prose, poetry and photographs prompted by her 2009- 2011eco-artist Residency at SymbioticA, UW.
BOB PAQUIN took up his current position as Head of the Oslo-based Canadian International Arctic Centre in Fall 2015. Established in 2009, the Arctic Centre is a reflection of the emphasis placed in Canadian foreign policy placed on Arctic issues. Working in partnership with Canadian missions and other departments and agencies in Canada, the Arctic Centre offers strategic advice to inform Canada’s Arctic advocacy, foreign policy directions and actions. It also strengthens and coordinates regional engagement with Arctic state partners and beyond. With interest in the Arctic growing exponentially, the Arctic Centre supports and works closely with Canadian missions in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia and the United States, as well as throughout Europe and increasingly in Asia. Prior to this, Bob has had diplomatic assignments focused on human, rights, counter-terrorism, Middle East and Asia policy, as well as a previous posting to Singapore. Prior to his work with Global Affairs Canada, Bob worked with the Canadian International Development Agency, the Forum of Federations, and in book publishing.
DARREN HANSON is Professor of Leadership, a Director of the Centre for Leadership and Effectiveness in Organisations (CLEO) and the Director of Global Partnerships at NEOMA Business School. Immediately prior to which he was Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic Leadership and Assoc. Professor of Leadership at the National University of Singapore.
Most of his work life has been spent outside of academia, in the corporate world. Before becoming a professor, Dr. Hanson headed up learning and organization development in a division of BHP (Billiton), then later joined one of the world’s leading executive search companies, Heidrick and Struggles, as Partner in Charge of the Leadership Advisory Practice in Asia, based in Singapore. He has served in an advisory and training capacity to numerous Fortune 500 MNCs globally and has taught corporate executive programs and MBA courses for more than 20 years in Australian Graduate School of Management, ESC Toulouse, ESEC Barcelona, Chicago University-Booth School of Business, and INSEAD amongst others.
DENNIS HASKELL is the author of 8 collections of poetry, the most recent Ahead of Us (Fremantle Press, 2016) and What Are You Doing Here? (University of The Philippines Press, 2015) plus 14 volumes of literary scholarship and criticism. He is the recipient of the Western Australia Premier’s Prize for Poetry, the A A Phillips Prize for a distinguished contribution to Australian literature (from the Association for the Study of Australian Literature), and of an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from The University of Western Australia. In 2015 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for “services to literature, particularly poetry, to education and to intercultural understanding”. He is currently Chair of the Board of writing WA.
Matthew Bloomfield aka The Rapping Professor is a Canadian-born, USA-raised, China-seasoned, Bali-living entertainer and voice professional. He is a lyricist, recording artist, singer/rapper, voice talent, cross-cultural trainer and language instructor. Inheriting a skill for rhyme and vocal performance from his Montreal TV star mother, Matthew has been composing, recording and performing original songs and raps for events for 25 years, starting out as Matthew's Messages, and evolving into today's Gift Raps(TM) for private, corporate and conference events. His debut CD of original song and rap compositions in 2003 was entitled Rap-CD In Blue.
SATENDRA NANDAN is a writer-academic and a former Fijian parliamentarian and cabinet minister. After the two coups in 1987, he came in December to Canberra as a Fellow to The Humanities Research Centre at the ANU. He returned to Fiji in February 2005. Since 2006, he has made significant contributions to the building of a New Fiji. In September 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Harold White Fellowship of the National Library of Australia to write a book on his diasporic experience of In March 2012 he was appointed a Commissioner to the Constitution Commission of Fiji to help draft a new democratic Constitution for Fiji Elections held in September 2014. In October 2016 he was invited to be a Research Associate of the T J Ryan Foundation, University of Queensland. From January 2017 he’s a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre, ANU, to write his historical novel set in Suva, Canberra, Delhi and Lucknow. From February, 2017, he was invited to be Adjunct Research Professor at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Barton Campus, Canberra, Charles Sturt University.