How to Run a Writers Week in Beijing: The Costs and Benefits of Cultural Exchange

Live Q&A of Dr Geoff Raby with Professor Jocelyn Chey

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Date: Thursday, 20 August, 2020

Time: 4.00 - 5.00 pm AEST

Live webinar via ZOOM

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Dr Geoff Raby AO, Chair of ACIAC Advisory Board, initiated the Australian Writers Week in China 《澳大利亚文学周》 while he was Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011.  Many well-known writers such as Tom Keneally, John Marsden and Alexis Wright have attended the Writers Week events during this time or later, and have met distinguished Chinese writers including Yu Hua, Zhang Yueran, as well as translators and publishers. The embassy-sponsored meetings have in some senses paralleled the biannual China Australia Literary Forums organised by the Writing and Society Research Centre and ACIAC at Western Sydney University, in collaboration with the Chinese Writers Association.

Professor Jocelyn Chey, the first Australian Cultural Counsellor in China after the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972, will discuss with Dr Raby the thinking behind the Writers Week, how it was negotiated and organised, what long-lasting results have followed, as well as the way forward in the present climate of political tension and global pandemic.

The conversation will form part of the teaching program of the Master of Cross-Cultural Relations offered at ACIAC. All participants are encouraged to pose questions to the speakers.

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Dr Geoff Raby AO

Dr Geoff Raby is an economist and diplomat. In 1986 he served as the First Secretary (Economic) at the Australian Embassy in Beijing. In 2007, he became the Australian Ambassador to China. In 2011, Dr Raby launched his business advisory firm in Beijing, Geoff Raby & Associates.

Professor Jocelyn Chey AM FAIIAJocelyn headshot update

Professor Jocelyn Chey was Cultural Counsellor in the Australia Embassy in Beijing (1975–1978); Senior Trade Commissioner in the Australian Embassy in Beijing (1985–1988) and Consul-General for Australia in Hong Kong (1992–1995). She was Foundation Director and is Adjunct Professor of the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture.