The Tiny Lit Fest is a local literary festival in Brunei that aims to amplify and celebrate local literature, and play a part in nurturing the local literary ecosystem, including publishers, readers, writers, printers, educators and all kinds of storytellers.
The Young Entrepreneurs & Leaders Speaker Series, supported by the Australian Government and Australia-ASEAN Council, is thrilled to partner with the Tiny Lit Fest to bring a week of events to Brunei for the December Festival 2020. All our events are free and open to the public – register in advance or watch on the day via our Facebook Livestream.
How to: Comic Book Panel features leading Australian comic artist Nicola Scott and author Andrew Constant who will be in-conversation with Khai Anwar, Fanboys Infinite, discussing their work, the impact of the pandemic, and the ins and outs of publishing in for the big players and the little.
Saturday 5 December
- 3pm – 5pm Brunei Time
- 5pm – 7pm AEST
- 6pm – 8pm AEDT
Nicola is an Australian comic book artist. With a history in theatre and in costume design Nicola started pursuing a comics career in 2001. She quickly became a fan-favourite when she began working exclusively for DC Comics on iconic characters such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman and team titles such as “Birds Of Prey”, “Secret Six”, “Teen Titans” and New York Times Bestseller “Earth 2”. 2016 saw the launch of her critically acclaimed creator-owned maxi-series ‘Black Magick’ and DC’s ‘Wonder Woman: Year One’ to celebrate the characters 75th anniversary, both in collaboration with writer Greg Rucka. Also in 2016 Nicola partnered with DC Comics and The United Nations to create the key art for Wonder Woman’s Honorary Ambassadorship For Women and Girls.
Andrew is an Australian comic book writer known for his award winning and award nominated work for two of Australia’s largest comic book publishers, Frew Publications (Kid Phantom, as well as other upcoming stories in Phantom’s Universe), and Gestalt Comics (Torn, Broken Line, Fly). Andrew recently wrote a miniseries for DC Comics, The Demon: Hell is Earth, which won Best Graphic Novel of 2018 at the The Australasian Horror Writers Association Shadow Awards.
How to: Children’s Publishing features leading Australian and Singaporean children’s publishers and editors who will be in-conversation discussing the ins and outs of their publishing.
Sunday 6 December
- 7.30pm – 9pm Brunei Time
- 9.30pm – 11pm AEST
- 10.30pm – 12pm AEDT
Small Fires Publishing
Grace is Founder of Small Fires Publishing, a new publisher, creating real stories, by real people, about real places. We make beautiful, joyful picture books, in partnership with local change-makers, that show what it’s like to grow up in different communities around the world. Money from each book goes back into supporting local leaders in the community it’s about.
University of Queensland Press
Felicity Dunning is an editor who works across fiction, non-fiction, academic, poetry, children’s and young adult titles. She has worked at the University of Queensland Press since 2016 after starting her career in education publishing and has a passion for editing books that promote positive social and environmental changes.
Priti Sharma is an Associate Lecturer with the English Language and Literature Programme at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) where she teaches Children’s Literature and Singaporean Literature. She is also an Editor of children’s books at Epigram, an independent publisher based in Singapore.
This event comprises an open in-conversation event + closed workshop session. This event will begin with a 45-minute conversation between Executive Director of The Stella Prize, Jaclyn Booton, interviewing Laniyuk and Sarah Ayoub, followed by a 15-minute attendee Q&A – all open to the public and live-streamed.
This session will be followed by 2x two-hour breakout workshop sessions run simultaneously by each of the two authors.
Writing for your younger self
OPEN event: Monday 7 December
- 2.30pm – 3.30pm Brunei Time
- 4.30pm – 5.30pm AEST
- 5.30pm – 6.30pm AEDT
Writing For Your Younger Self
What does it mean to write for your younger self? How can you write fiction and poetry that teenagers and young adults will gravitate towards in a library, bookstore, or on the internet? Join journalist and author Sarah Ayoub (The Yearbook Committee and Hate is Such a Strong Word) and poet and short memoir writer Laniyuk as they discuss what stories they hungered to read as teenagers, and now as adults. Along the way Sarah and Laniyuk will discuss the intent and inspiration behind their writing, as well as practical ways to seek readers and publication. With Executive Director of the Stella Prize, Jaclyn Booton.
About The Stella Prize
Laniyuk is a Larrakia, Kungarakan, Gurindji and French writer and performer of poetry and short memoir. She contributed to the book Colouring the Rainbow: Blak, Queer and Trans Perspectives in 2015, has been published online in Djed Press and the Lifted Brow, as well as in print poetry collections such as UQP’s 2019 Solid Air and 2020 Fire Front. She received Canberra’s Noted Writers Festival’s 2017 Indigenous Writers Residency, Overland’s 2018 Writers Residency and was shortlisted for Overland’s 2018 Nakata-Brophy poetry prize. She runs poetry workshops for festivals, moderates panel discussions, and has given guest lectures at ANU and The University of Melbourne. She is currently completing her first collection of work to be published through Magabala Books.
The Stella Prize
Jaclyn has over 15 years’ experience in the cultural sector, with a focus on the performing arts and literary events. She was previously the Senior Producer for Talks & Ideas at Sydney Opera House where she oversaw its two annual festivals: All About Women and Antidote. Prior to that, Jaclyn spent four years as General Manager of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, leadings its business strategies and event operations. She has also held senior management positions with Arena Theatre Company, Back to Back Theatre and Circus Oz, and served on the boards of Express Media and SYN Media. Jaclyn holds a BA (Hons) in Performance Studies and Gender Studies from the University of Sydney, where she spent several years teaching a range of undergraduate programs and conducting research on large-scale community events. She is a life-long bookworm and sees no contradiction in being both an NRL fan and a lover of literature.
Sarah Ayoub is a journalist and author. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Sun-Herald, ELLE, Marie-Claire, Sydney Review of Books and more. Sarah teaches writing at The University of Notre Dame in Sydney, where she is completing her PhD on migrant females in Australian Young Adult literature. She is the author of Hate is Such a Strong Word and The Yearbook Committee and a contributor to Arab, Australian, Other. Her forthcoming book, The Cult of Romance, is out in 2021.
How to: Small Publishers features leading Australian and Malaysian small and independent publishers and editors who will be in-conversation discussing voices from the margins and the stories that often go untold.
Wednesday 9 December
- 4pm – 5.30pm Brunei Time
- 6pm – 7.30pm AEST
- 7pm – 8.30pm AEDT
Centre for Stories
Robert Wood is interested in ethics, suburbs, nature, belonging and lifestyle. The author of four books, he works as the Creative Director of the Centre for Stories and the Chair of PEN Perth. Robert lives in Boorloo/Perth on Noongar country in Western Australia and is a Malayali person with connection to the East Indian Ocean. See his writing at: www.robertdwood.net
Amir Muhammad is a Malaysian publisher, movie producer and occasional writer. His company Buku Fixi (established in 2011) has produced over 200 novels and anthologies of pulp fiction in Malay and English. The bestselling title is ASRAMA (60,000 copies) which is set in Sabah. Several of the books have been turned into movies and mini-series, with the most popular being GANTUNG which had a Malaysian and Indonesian cast. He also owns Kuman Pictures (established in 2018) with the aim of producing low-budget horror and thriller movies. Its fourth movie CEROBOH is being shot in December 2020.
Wallea Eaglehawk is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Revolutionaries, an independent Australian publisher. Eaglehawk is a social theorist, author of ‘Idol Limerence’ and co-editor of ‘I Am ARMY’. With a background in arts production and community development, Eaglehawk is passionate about people, ideas and stories. Eaglehawk writes that ‘we are all revolutionaries’ and believes that the best way to change the world ‘starts, and ends, with a love of the self’. Through everyday acts we can become revolutionaries, Eaglehawk’s company, Revolutionaries, alongside her theoretical and literary work, aims to show just that.
The council’s mission is to increase knowledge and promote Australia’s interests in Southeast Asia by initiating and supporting activities to enhance understanding and links between people and institutions in Australia and 10 countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
When we think about social impact, there’s few better places in the region that Australia has had such a strong and supportive role in boosting the people and economy. The needs of being a least developed nation, and the opportunities that Australia has helped to pioneer through its aid program and commerce, are an interesting departure point of this article series: ‘Australia now: Youth Making an Impact in ASEAN’.
Two weeks ago, I woke up in Vietnam … It was the final day of a week that was packed with 13 events I’d been running with fellow social entrepreneur, Felicity Furey, as part of the Australian Government’s Australia now program.
We headed to the hot and steaming tropical country of Cambodia at the end of July to spend a week working with the Australian Embassy and local social enterprises, think tanks and NGOs all around a few key themes: including gender equality and social enterprise.
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