• Profile,  Rose Tavelli

    Toronto Tales with Rose Tavelli – Screen Writer

    Rose Tavelli is a screenwriter who was born in Perth but has lived in Canada for the last 26 years with her Canadian partner and three young adult children. I’ve known Rose for a long time but we’ve never really had a conversation with her about our writing.      My writing is more introspective, challenged and enriched by Toronto’s diversity and Canada’s cold climate.     What are you working on at the moment? I’m working on two feature screenplays. One is a rewrite for a film producer and the other is my own project. I’m not at liberty to discuss the former but happily getting lost in my own…

  • Profile,  Vahri McKenzie

    Vahri McKenzie – Creative Practice in Academia

    Vahri McKenzie is an arts and humanities lecturer and lives in Bunbury, a regional city two or three hours out of Perth.  She is also a maker of performance and installation artist and short-fiction writer.  Her research interests include artistic responses to science and technology, creativity, and dance. I wanted to include a writer living outside the Perth metro area and also someone who is a creative arts academic, and in Vahri I found both. Like all the interviews I’ve posted so far, this is a continuation of an unfinished conversation. How has living in Bunbury influenced your work?  I think that living in Bunbury has enhanced the multi-disciplinary nature of…

  • Deborah Ruiz Wall,  Profile

    Interview with Deborah Ruiz Wall – Reimagining Australia

    Deborah Ruiz Wall (OAM) is a Filipino-Australian born in Manila who I met at Reimagining Australia, her exhibition at the WA Maritime Museum. The exhibition is based on her research on interactions between Filipino and Australia’s First Nations People. Before she migrated to Australia, Deborah worked as a journalist with the Philippine Broadcasting Service in 1970 and as Press Secretary for the Opposition Leader, Matthias Toliman and later for his successor,Tei Abal in the Papua New Guinea House of Assembly in 1973. When she moved to Australia, she taught communication and social sciences TAFE (NSW). She completed oral history projects that included Redfern Oral History and story sharing between Aboriginal and Filipino…

  • Nicole K,  Profile

    Nicole K: On Finding a Voice – The Tapestry Project

    Nicole K is a Singaporean writer and the founder of The Tapestry Project, a mental-health advocacy organisation. She was one of a handful of students from an arts college in Singapore who came to Perth for the AAWP conference. There were five or six concurrent sessions, and I chose the Singaporean writers one because I wanted to know what sort of writing was coming out of the former British colony; one where the Chinese settlers are the main ethnic group and English remains the official language. I really related to the stories written by her peers —a mix of cosmopolitan locals and expat writers— about mistaken identities in the post-colonial…