Thank you DFAT for supporting the first Aus-China Digital Lit Fest
In 2014, Marco Polo Project will run the first Australia-China Festival of Digital Literature. This event will present an exceptional opportunity to reflect on changes in the practice of reading, writing and publishing brought about by the development of a digital space. More broadly, it will allow Australian and Chinese online readers and writers to meet and learn about each other.
We will select three writers from each country – balancing citizen journalists and fan-fiction enthusiasts with trans-media practitioners and twitter poets – translate a selection of their work, and facilitate discussion among them and with a bilingual public through digital forums and a conference panel.
Bookmark your calendar: tentative dates for this festival are June 2014 for the launch of our collaborative translation process, and August 2014 for online and panel discussions.
We wish to thank our partners and supporters for this project, whose trust in our organisation have made our grant application successful, and whose support will make this project a success: the Wheeler Centre for Books and Ideas, Bookworm, Danwei, yeeyan.org, La Trobe’s Centre for Creative Arts, the Melbourne Writers Festival, the Emerging Writers Festival, Language Connection, Asialink, AALITRA and LCNAU. And DFAT for their support: we’re honoured to announce here that this project is supported by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.