Peripheral Visions

Australasian Association of Writing Programs 23rd Annual Conference

28–30 November 2018
Perth, Western Australia

scrabble tiles spelling vision with more tiles scattered nearby

“… write long enough and hard enough into the space past waking or attention and you find yourself unspooling …”

Ander Monson, Letter to a Future Lover

Every creative expression shares a vision. Whether writers are looking from, looking towards, looking askance, looking away, or looking over, writing beckons us to the periphery and asks, ‘Where to now?’

The location of the 2018 annual conference of the AAWP in the western reaches of the continent has inspired our theme.

Peripheral Visions will provide an exciting space to explore different ways of writing beyond and outside the obvious, enabling alternative worlds, ideas, and truths to emerge.

This conference is a joint initiative of four Western Australian universities: Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia. It will be held at Curtin University’s City Campus at 78 Murray Street, Perth, close to hotels, restaurants and public transport.

More information

  • Call for proposals: A call for proposals for panels, papers and creative presentations is now open.
  • Accommodation and venues: More information on the conference location and venues, as well as for accommodation suggestions. (Coming soon)
  • Social: Information about the sundowner and reading nights. (Coming soon)
  • Postgraduate masterclass: A free masterclass for postgraduate writing students attending the conference will be held on Tuesday 27 November in the afternoon.

Peripheral Visions keynote speakers:

Kim Scott
Kim Scott

Kim Scott’s most recent novel is Taboo. His other books include True Country, Benang, That Deadman Dance and Kayang and Me.

He has won many Australian literary awards, among them the Miles Franklin (twice), a regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Australian Literature Society’s Gold Medal. He is also the recipient of an Australian Centenary Medal (2003) and is the 2012 West Australian of the Year, having been nominated in both the Indigenous and Arts and Culture categories. A descendant of people living along the south coast of Western Australia prior to colonisation and proud to be one among those who call themselves Noongar, Kim is founder and chair of the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Story Project which, among other achievements, has resulted in the publication of three English/Noongar language picture books, Dwoort Baal Kaat, Mamang and Noongar Mambara Bakitj. Kim is currently Professor of Writing at Curtin University.

Anne Aly
Anne Aly

Dr Anne Aly is the Labor Federal Member for Cowan elected in 2016.

Anne’s background is as a Professor, Academic and Practitioner in the fields of counter terrorism and counter radicalisation. She has published over 100 articles and texts on terrorism and related issues and is the author and editor of five books. Prior to becoming an academic she worked in government policy.

Anne is the founder of Australia’s first non-government organisation to combat violent extremism. People against Violent Extremism (PaVE) is a not for profit organisation that developed a social media campaign against violent extremism and delivered a series of hackathons to harness young people’s skills and talents to address issues in their communities.

Anne’s contributions to national and international security have been recognised internationally. In 2015 she was the only Australian civil society representative to be invited to speak at President Obama’s White House Summit on CVE. Later that year, she was again the only Australian representative to participate in the Club de Madrid +10 policy dialogues. Anne has also been an expert adviser to the United Nations Security Council and has participated in experts’ meetings.

In 2011, Anne was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2014, she was named one of Australia’s 100 most Influential Women by Westpac/Fin Review. In 2016 she was awarded the Instyle Woman of Style award in the category of Community and Charity. Also in 2016 Anne was nominated for the Australian of the Year and received the prestigious Australian Security Medal.

Anne’s memoir, Finding My Place, was published in early 2018 by ABC Books.

Dr Maria Tumarkin, previously announced as a keynote speaker, is unable to attend the conference for personal reasons.


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