Creative Conversations

The China Australia Writing Centre will bring together four engaging panel discussions under the title of ‘Looking Forward/ Looking Back’.  Dr Lucy Dougan, poet and Program Director of CAWC (a collaboration between Curtin University and Fudan University in Shanghai) explained that readers regularly engaged with characters at different stages of life to develop an understanding of what it might mean to feel and be a particular age. “Writers help readers to imagine futures that we are yet to arrive at – or may never arrive at – and imaginative writing can return us to all kinds of pasts,” Dr Dougan said. “The Creative Conversations event works around these perennial points of human experience in a unique cross-cultural dialogue.” Together with presenters Meri Fatin and Geraldine Blake, panelists will explore how Chinese and Australian writers approach problems of positioning, distance and perspective in relation to the past and the future. This year’s panelists include: Ryan Griffen: Created and co-produced both seasons of the television series Cleverman. The series had its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and is screened on ABC TV in Australia, the BBC in the UK and Sundance TV in the United States. Ryan’s goal in the industry is to bring the rebirth of genre back to Australia, inspired by 1950’s cinema all the way through to the 1980’s genre films.  Ryan wants to tell similar stories to those he was drawn to when growing up. Liz Byrski: The author of nine novels including Gang of Four and The Woman Next Door, and 12 non-fiction books including In Love and War: Nursing Heroes and Remember Me. She is also an Associate Professor in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University and is a Senior Fellow of the China Australia Writing Centre. Xia Jia:  A Chinese science fiction author who has been featured in Clarkesworld and Nature. Her story “A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight” was nominated for the Short Form Award at the 2013 Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards. She has also won the Chinese Galaxy Award, which is one of the most prestigious science fiction prizes in China. She is an Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Xi’an Jiaotong University.

Art and Food by the Season

Experience the magic of watching an artist create a painting using colours of the season, while enjoying a lunch menu which draws inspiration from seasonal colours and produce, and is prepared specifically for you. The event is held in the artist’s home (which is also her Gallery) in the vibrant City of Fremantle.  Numbers are kept intentionally small (no more than six) to encourage participation and enhance the experience. Andriana and Gina met 25 years ago and knew that one day they would collaborate and combine their shared passions of art and food.  Finally that time has come and they have created a format that they believe is entertaining, inspiring and delicious! For a long time Andriana has offered “art” classes to those interested in the “nuts and bolts” of how to paint and those classes will continue.  However, at this event you see a relaxed Andriana at work creating a painting in front of you, explaining her thought processes and considerations in getting “paint onto canvas” in a form that pleases her (and her clients!). To complement Andriana’s presentation, Gina will prepare for you a seasonally inspired, delicious lunch.  Gina is passionate about cooking from the heart and preparing food from scratch using locally sourced and, where possible, organic ingredients that will delight your taste buds.


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An Evening with Sea Shepherd Crew

Sea Shepherd Perth invites you to an intimate evening with crew at The Local in Fremantle. Join three of our passionate crew as they give first hand accounts of their time on some of Sea Shepherds most successful campaigns. Hear about;  industrialised slaughter of sharks .  Bycatch - the name given to the countless and unwanted dolphins, turtles, sharks and whale sharks who die a slow and painful death trapped in illegal fishing nets. Vaquita - population 30. Headed for extinction, another victim of poachers fishing nets and  human trafficking.


With a vibrant and diverse community that is passionate about sustainability, visual arts, music, writing, sustainability, heritage and more Fremantle regularly hosts a range of talks by experts in their field. Check our listings for talks presented by the City of Fremantle, University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Arts Centre, The Meeting Place, Fremantle Library and the WA Maritime Museum and keep up with what’s on in Fremantle.