Our second digital postcard is a short audio recording from Hoi An, where WrICE(the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange Program) residency writers Cate Kennedy, Suchen Christine Lim and Jhoanna Cruz are conversing with WriCE Co-Director Francesca Rendle-Short. Francesca has titled the recording – “Nothing is wasted with writing: promise”.
Says Francesca in her notes, “The mp3 was recorded as we were waiting to go out for an evening after one of our daily workshops, on the steps of our hotel Long Life Hotel. We were all still buzzing from listening to people’s work that afternoon and talking about it.”
SUCHEN CHRISTINE LIM’S latest novel The River’s Song was launched in Singapore & London this year. The Singapore author has written five novels, a short-story collection, a co-written play, a non-fiction work and fourteen children’s picture books. Her novel
Fistful of Colours won the inaugural Singapore Literature Prize In 2012 she received the Southeast Asia Write Award. Other novels are Rice Bowl, Gift From The Gods, and A Bit of Earth, and other works include The Amah: A Portrait in Black & White, The Lies That Build a Marriage, Hua Song: Stories of the Chinese Diaspora. Awarded a Fulbright fellowship, she was an International Writing Fellow and writer in residence at the University of Iowa, and a Visiting Fellow in Creative Writing in the Technological University of Singapore. She has also been awarded writing residencies in UK, Australia, S. Korea and the Philippines.
JHOANNA LYNN B. CRUZ is an award-winning writer who teaches literature and creative writing at the University of the Philippines Mindanao. She completed a Master of Arts in Language and Literature and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, both with high distinction, from De La Salle University-Manila. Her first book, Women Loving. Stories and a Play published in 2010 is the first sole-author anthology of lesbian-themed stories in the Philippines. Cruz is president of the Davao Writers Guild and is Regional Coordinator for Southern Mindanao in the National Committee on Literary Arts.
CATE KENNEDY writes across genres, and is published as a novelist, short story author, poet and essayist. Her most recent collection, “Like A House on Fire” was published by Scribe in 2012 and went on to win the Queensland Literary Award for best Short Story Collection as well as being shortlisted for the inaugural Stella Prize and the Kibble Award. Several of its stories were published in the U.K prior to its publication there through Scribe U.K. and she is appearing at the 2014 International Conference on the Short Story in Vienna in July 2014. Her third poetry collection ‘The Taste of River Water’ was released by Scribe in 2011, and awarded the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her novel ‘The World Beneath’ (Scribe, 2009) was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year Award, the Barbara Jefferis Award and the N.S.W. Premier’s Prize for fiction. It went on to win the “People’s Choice” prize in these awards. She is currently living in Vanuatu, working on a new novel with the assistance of an Established Writers Australia Council grant, and completing a commissioned novella for GriffithREVIEW. She has also selected and edited the stories for Inkerman and Blunt’s 2014 release “New Australian Love Stories”.
FRANCESCA RENDLE-SHORT is an award-winning novelist, memoirist and essayist, author of the memoir-cum-novel Bite Your Tongue (Spinifex) and award-winning novel Imago. Recent work has been published in Killing the Buddah, The Best Australian Science Writing 2013 (NewSouth), Just Between Us (Pan Macmillan), NANO, TEXT, The Essay Review (University of Iowa), Bumf, New Writing, Life Writing. She is an associate professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, co-director of the nonfictionLab research group and WrICE (Writers Immersion Cultural Exchange). In 2013 she was a writing fellow at the Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English at the University of Iowa.