From 22 of the best writers in the Asia-Pacific region comes a collection about finding connections where you least expect them.An ex-journalist on a sweltering night in Kuala Lumpur, raging in a city on the edge of meltdown; a young woman in present-day Iowa, reflecting on her two mothers in a Singapore of long ago; in Queensland's Border Ranges, a boy prone to getting lost having six tiny bells pinned to his chest. All of these people are in the midst of change - divided by time and space, but living in a world of shrinking distances and disappearing differences.It's what happens when you take award-winning writers from Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Hong Kong, put them in a room together, and see what they create. This book is the result of the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange program: a unique experiment dedicated to collaboration, immersion, and cultural exchange. It's a document emerging from two years of residencies, workshops, and ongoing dialogues - a map of art and adventure, ideas and heart.Featuring fiction, nonfiction, and essays from Cate Kennedy, Melissa Lucashenko, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Omar Musa, and many more, The Near and the Far is a book that bridges the gaps between Asia, Australia, and the world.
Every day is a border crossing, and every story is a threshold. This collection invites readers to grab their passports and step beyond.
SELLING POINTS* A stunning collection of new and mostly previously unpublished writing from established and emerging writers in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region* Has emerged from the prestigious WRiCE creative-writing program, an Australian collaborative residency program for emerging and established writers in the Asia-Pacific region* Features new work from well-known Australian contributors such as Melissa Lucashenko, Cate Kennedy, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Omar Musa, and Jennifer Down, with a foreword by Alice Pung* Will be supported by a number of events and panels, including at major Australian writers' festivals.
David Carlin is an associate professor and co-director of the nonfictionLab at RMIT University, and co-director of the international NonfictionNow conference. His books, Our Father Who Wasn't There and The Abyssinian Contortionist, have both received critical acclaim.Francesca Rendle-Short is a novelist, memoirist, and essayist. Her most recent book is the acclaimed novel-cum-memoir Bite Your Tongue. Her work has appeared in publications including Best Australian Science Writing, Overland, and Iowa's The Essay Review.