calfIIIWriting and Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney | 28-29 August 2015

Opening Reception: Friday 28 August, 6pm, China Cultural Centre, Sydney

China Australia Literary Forum: Saturday 29 August, 9:00am-4.30pm, Female Orphan School, UWS Parramatta Campus.

RSVP: CALF III is open to the public to attend. RSVP essential by 25 August to

The Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney is pleased to announce the Third China Australia Literary Forum which will take place this August 28-29 in Sydney.

The China Australia Literary Forum (CALF) is a unique biennial program, providing a rare and exciting opportunity for leading authors from the two countries to meet, exchange ideas and experiences, and to develop a deeper understanding of their respective literary worlds.

A long-term collaboration between the leading literary body in China, the China Writers Association and the Writing and Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney, the Third China Australia Literary Forum brings an eminent delegation of leading Chinese authors to Sydney to meet with an equally impressive group of established and emerging Australian writers.

The writers will come together for a one-day forum (open to public) featuring in depth panel discussions on topics including: What is the role and function of literature? How does literature imagine and engage with the world? How far is translation possible?

The event will also include participating translators and publishers to broaden the discussion on how we promote readership of our literature in each other’s markets. China represents one of the largest growing markets for Australian literature, with a rapidly growing English readership, particularly in the 16-30 age group.

Previous CALF events held in Australia (2011) and China (2013) have featured leading authors including Nobel Prize laureates Mo Yan and JM Coetzee, Sheng Keyi, Nicholas Jose, Gail Jones, and others. The relationships forged at these events have led to translations and publications, including the Mandarin translation of Alexis Wright’sCarpentaria, which was launched in Beijing by Nobel Laureate Mo Yan in 2014, following their meeting at CALF I.

In 2015, CALF III participants include acclaimed popular Chinese novelist Yu Hua, Chair of the China Writers Association Tie Ning, Sichuan novelist A Lai, Miles Franklin winning author Alexis Wright, leading Australian poetJohn Tranter, and emerging talents Fiona McFarlane and Michael Mohammed Ahmad, among others.

For more details on CALF III and author biographies visit: