A forum to share stories
This year’s Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (APWT) gathering in Bali marks APWT’s 10th birthday. The event, entitled "Global Local: Sharing Stories with the World", promises to bring together nearly 200 people from around the world. It takes place 22-24 October; the host is the Ganesha University of Education, also known as Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha.
Founded in 2007, APWT is now one of Asia’s longest running literary networking organisations in the region. Throughout its history, one of APWT’s aims has always been to engage the local community and their literature, and open up a dialogue between international participants and local writers, artists and cultural producers. This year, conference organisers have made an extra effort to enhance local engagement, for example through a series of special panels on Indonesian literature and culture. In addition, this year’s programme also includes an emphasis on Indigenous narratives, with Indigenous writers from Australia travelling to Bali to share their stories with audiences.