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Insights into Self-Publishing

20 May 2017

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

FREE

Wendy Fitzgerald

Panelist

Wendy Fitzgerald is a teacher with a Graduate Diploma in Primary Music and a MA in Children’s Literature and Literacy. She’s been married and has 2 grown up kids. She teaches creative writing for kids at Ku-ring-gai Art Centre and is a tutor at the Sydney Story Factory in Redfern. She is currently vice president of the Children’s Book Council NSW Northern Sydney Sub-branch.

In 2005 Wendy went on a writing retreat to India with Sydney Uni Continuing Education. They travelled to Kolkata, Gantok, Kalimpong and Darjeeling. When she got home she started imagining what it would be like to bring a family from such a different culture to live in Australia.

That’s when she wrote Bollywood Dreams. Wendy did a lot of research, watched Indian movies and collected Indian friends. She tried to imagine what it must be like for a Sikh family to try to fit into our way of life. She really enjoyed doing the research for Bollywood Dreams. She even developed some interesting new skills. Now she can cook dinner, read English sub titles and dance at the same time. Ha! Bollywood Dreams received many good reviews and Wendy was interviewed on SBS radio, community TV and local paper. She was awarded a ‘Commended Certificate’ for Junior Fiction in the 2009 Society of Women Writers Biennial Book Award. She was invited to be a judge at the Miss Bollywood Australia Beauty Pageant at Riverside Theatre in Parramatta. She joined the Children’s Book Council has done a number of school visits and writing workshops through the Northern Sydney Sub Branch. She even got to be an extra in a Bollywood Movie.

Indranil Halder

Panelist

Indranil’s book ‘Warrior In The Sanctuary’ looks back to his story as an international student in Australia. Indrani hopes, “through my memoir, students from the Indian subcontinent and others across the globe will come to know not only of the challenges of studying as an international student in Australia but also of the great benefits and rewards that the Australian education system and society offers. I also hope that through my story, Australian readers will gain a better understanding and appreciation of what Indian international students can offer to Australia's multicultural society.”

Anirban Gupta

Anirban Gupta

Panelist

Anirban Gupta is a script and film writing enthusiast who has been involved in projects relating to short films and writing platform. An IT professional by trade, Anirban has created a digital platform by the name of The Writing Junction (www.thewritingjunction.com).

The Writing Junction (or TWJ) is a sincere attempt to bring experienced writers to connect and mentor with upcoming writers who are about to begin their exciting journey. This helps both elderly enthusiast and young talents alike to take advantage of the lessons learnt by experienced authors who have “been there-done that”!

Anirban also scripted and produced a short film by the name of “The Gambit” that was entered in the Tropfest along with other local short film festivals in Sydney.

Anirban firmly believe that the experience of film making and the thrill of being able to tell a story present an unique convergence point that helps constantly innovate and push the envelope of creativity.

Marie Fernando

Marie Fernando

Panelist

Marie is a relative newcomer to the world of writing and publishing. Having grown up in the sheep farming heartland of NSW's New England area, she has written a children's book commemorating the centenary of Anzac Day. The book - Billy's story - was launched in 2015 and focuses on a young farm boy who fights for Australia in World War One. As a self-publisher she has a keen insight into the challenges and struggles that new writers and publishers face in a highly competitive industry.

Marie is also an accomplished singer and stage actress, and juggles her home publishing business with the demands of her three toddlers.

Nim Gholkar

Moderator

Nim Gholkar, the author of the best-selling ‘Diary of an Immigrant Bride’ is an international public speaker & author. She is the leading authority on personal motivation and an expert in the art of communication and persuasion. Nim’s second book based on personal development, will be launched in the next few months. She is currently working on her 3rd book.

Nim Gholkar was born and raised in Mumbai, India. She graduated in English Literature from University of Bombay, Mumbai before moving to Australia in 1996. Her blog ‘Nim’s Niche’ is a kaleidoscope of musings on life and it’s many reflections.

‘UNRAVELLING ANJALI: DIARY OF AN IMMIGRANT BRIDE” is her debut novel.

Nim Gholkar's workshop 'Unleash the Writer Within You' is the ideal training ground for aspiring writers.

The Long and Short of Short Stories

20 May 2017

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

FREE

Subhash Jaireth

Subhash Jaireth

Panelist

Subhash Jaireth is a poet, short story writer and novelist. He was born in India. He spent nine years in Moscow and moved to Canberra in 1986. He has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction in Hindi, Russian and English.

Subhash has published three collections of poetry: Yashodhara: Six Seasons Without You (2003), Unfinished Poems for Your Violin (1996), and Golee Lagne Se Pahle (1994, in Hindi). His book, To Silence: Three Autobiographies, was published in 2011. Two plays adapted from the book were performed at Canberra's Street Theatre in 2012. His novel, After Love, was released in 2012. His short-story collection Moments came out in October 2015. His latest book of poetic prose pieces Incantation was published in September 2016.

Rehan Alvi

Rehan Alvi

Panelist

Rehan Alavi is writing for more than two decades. He has written poetries, short stories, skits, dramas and translated segments for renowned literary magazines and English/Urdu Newspaper. Rehan alavi joined Australian Federal Government broadcaster SBS Radio in 2002 and currently working as Executive Producer for National broadcast Urdu program.

A poet and writer himself, Mr Alavi is Executive Producer of Urdu program. His latest book, AEK GHAZAL - AEK KAHANI (One Poem-One story) is launched by National Book Foundation. Book is collection of short stories associated with his poems and gained high popularity among literary circles.

Rehan’s first fiction Novell “Tabeer ki Talash Mayn” and its English version “Beyond the Dreams” were published in 2015 and launched by Oxford University Press. Book is also translated in Hindi. Novel is nominated for literature award 2015. Audio CD of his prize winning short writings is released in 2004 with title “Sirf Ek Minute”.

Professionally Rehan is associated with IT infrastructure management in US multinational enterprise. He is a member and a regular reader of various literary societies and organizations in Australia and overseas.

Manisha Amin

Manisha Amin

Panelist

Manisha Jolie Amin was born in Kenya to Indian parents who immigrated to Australia in 1974. he is the author of several short stories and novel, Dancing to the Flute published both in Australia and overseas. With a Doctorate in creative writing, Manisha coaches people writing practice. She is the Executive Director of Nautuki Theatre and CEO of Media Access Australia – a charity making the digital world more accessible for people with disability.

Rosnna Gonsalves

Roanna Gonsalves

Panelist

Roanna Gonsalves came to Australia as an international student from India. She is the author of The Permanent Resident, an acclaimed collection of short fiction published by UWAP in November 2016.

Roanna’s series of radio documentaries, On the tip of a billion tongues, commissioned and broadcast by Earshot, ABC RN, is an acerbic socio-political portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers. She is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, and is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings. She has a PhD from the University of New South Wales, and has been facilitating and teaching creative writing workshops for all ages within communities as well as at schools and in the university sector for many years. Her research interests are in the sociology of the arts, social media, creativity studies, and postcolonial literatures.

She can be found on Twitter @roannagonsalves or at roannagonsalves.com.au.

Anil Dhar

Anil Dhar

Moderator

Born in Kashmir, India, Anil Dhar is an information technology professional whose main interest has always been in history, culture, world events & conflicts, current affairs and travel. He holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Western Sydney. He wrote his first fictional novel “OKSANA” in December 2015 published by Partridge India (a Penguin Random House company). The book is available on online retail channels like Amazon, Google Books, and Flipkart etc. He is a naturalised citizen of Australia and lives in Sydney with his wife and a nineteen-old daughter. He could be reached via email at anil.dhar@live.com.

The Relevance of Poetry in Today's World

20 May 2017

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

FREE

Ashraf Shad

Ashraf Shad

Panelist

Ashraf Shad is an Urdu novelist, writer and poet. He is an accomplished journalist, he worked as the Head of Urdu Service at SBS Radio, and was Australian correspondent for UNI, the Indian News Agency, besides editing and publishing daily and weekly newspapers and academic research magazines in different countries. Ashraf has authored 12 books including novels, collections of his poetry and a short story compilation. His award winning novel ‘Bewatan’ was translated and published in Hindi by a leading Delhi publisher.

Ashraf was born in Moradabad, India, migrated to Pakistan after partition, and lived in Hungary, USA, Kuwait and Bahrain among other countries, before migrating to Australia in 1989. ‘Ákhbar-e-Ishq’ (The Newspaper of Love) is a collection of his latest ghazals; next is a journalistic work, a collection of his interviews with Pakistani leaders like President Zia-ul-Haq, Benazir Bhutto, Imran Khan and many other leading Pakistani politicians.

Rekha Rajvanshi

Rekha Rajvanshi

Panelist

Rekha Rajvanshi is an India born Australian Hindi/English writer, poet, teacher and journalist. She moved to Australia in 2001 and made her artistic and literary contribution to teaching, writing, radio and drama. She has five published books on her credit: three poetry books, one anthology of eleven Australian Hindi poets and one book on street children of India. She is a NAATI accredited English-Hindi translator and won a prestigious national level AUSIT award for translating ‘Dreamtime Aboriginal Animation Films’ from English into Hindi.

In 2014, Rekha was invited by Sahitya Akademi, India (The National Academy of Letters) to represent Australia in a three-day IORA (Indian Ocean Rim Association) poetry festival, ‘Waves 2014’.

Rekha is an All India Radio Delhi approved drama artist and has contributed segments to SBS Hindi Radio, Sydney for five years. She has scripted/translated/directed and acted in short dramas in Sydney and Delhi. Rekha founded a not for profit organization ILASA (Indian Literary and Art Society of Australia Inc.) to promote Indian literature and art in Australia to promote Indian art and literature in Australia and to exchange and promote Australian art and literature in India.

Rekha teaches Hindi to adults at the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney. She is a Learning and Support teacher with NSW Department of education. She has a Masters in Education and Psychology and a PG Dip in Special Education from Macquarie University.

Rekha is the Director for Literature and Fine Arts in 2017 SAFAL Festival.

Bhupen Thakker

Bhupen Thaker

Panelist

Colour especially light blue obsesses him. Winner of NSW Poetry Sprint and Highly Commended in CJ Dennis awards. Three-time State Finalist in Australian Poetry Slam. Winner 2016 APS Multi Lingual Poetry Slam. A book “A New Gandhi, a New Monet and many others” has emerged. Blog: http://bhupenthakker.blogspot.com.au/

Hasitha Adhikariarachchi

Hasitha Adhikariarachchi

Panelist

Hasitha Adhikariarachchi is a Sri Lankan poet and fiction writer. Born and raised in Sri Lanka, she now calls Sydney home. Hasitha is the winner of the fifth annual Multilingual Poetry Slam (NSW).

Hasitha is the founder of Sri Lankan literacy website www.queenofsea.com where emerging Sri Lankan female writers publish their creative writing. She has been previously published in Write to Reconcile II anthology. She is currently working on her debut story-book which falls under the genre of fantasy literature.

Rosnna Gonsalves

Roanna Gonsalves

Moderator

Roanna Gonsalves came to Australia as an international student from India. She is the author of The Permanent Resident, an acclaimed collection of short fiction published by UWAP in November 2016.

Roanna’s series of radio documentaries, On the tip of a billion tongues, commissioned and broadcast by Earshot, ABC RN, is an acerbic socio-political portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers. She is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, and is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings. She has a PhD from the University of New South Wales, and has been facilitating and teaching creative writing workshops for all ages within communities as well as at schools and in the university sector for many years. Her research interests are in the sociology of the arts, social media, creativity studies, and postcolonial literatures.

She can be found on Twitter @roannagonsalves or at roannagonsalves.com.au.

South Asian Australian Writing

20 May 2017

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

FREE

Adib Khan

Adib Khan

Panelist

Adib Khan is an Australian novelist of Bangladeshi origin. He moved to Australia in 1973 and obtained an MA from Monash University in 1976. He taught creative writing at Ballarat University, and in 2007 returned to Monash to pursue a PhD.

Khan started writing in his 40s and has published five novels. His first novel, ‘Seasonal Adjustments’ won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the Book of the Year award in the 1994 NSW Premier′s Literary Awards, and the 1995 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, and was also shortlisted for the 1994 Age Book of the Year award.

Solitude of Illusions was shortlisted for the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, and the Ethnic Affairs Commission Award in the 1997 NSW Premier′s Literary Awards. It won the 1997 Tilly Aston Braille Book of the Year Award. His other novels are 'Solitude of Illusions', 'The Storyteller', 'Homecoming' and 'Spiral Road'.

John Prasantha Fernando

John Prasantha Fernando

Panelist

John is an award-winning writer and editor with 30 years' experience in the Middle East (Dubai and the Arabian Gulf), Sri Lanka, the United States and in Australia (Melbourne and Sydney). He has authored three books (collections of short stories and poetry), namely: Of hope and serendipity, Tales from all around, and Gallipoli - Remembrances of a distant shore.

John currently works as a senior editor of ministerial correspondence with the NSW Government and also lectures on professional writing and editing in Sydney. He has been a managing editor for several leading magazines and newspapers, both in Australia and overseas, and has also conducted about 1,500 journalistic interviews and rates his time with boxer Muhamed Ali as his most memorable.

He hails from a family of accomplished journalists and writers, with his dad being a newspaper editor and mum an accomplished writer on child psychology. John has risked his life to break major news stories overseas and bring changes to legislation, and some of his works are recommended reading at a leading university in Melbourne. He proactively maintains a low profile, following a relatively high-profile journalistic career in Dubai.

Nim Gholkar

Panelist

Nim Gholkar, the author of the best-selling ‘Diary of an Immigrant Bride’ is an international public speaker & author. She is the leading authority on personal motivation and an expert in the art of communication and persuasion. Nim’s second book based on personal development, will be launched in the next few months. She is currently working on her 3rd book.

Nim Gholkar was born and raised in Mumbai, India. She graduated in English Literature from University of Bombay, Mumbai before moving to Australia in 1996. Her blog ‘Nim’s Niche’ is a kaleidoscope of musings on life and it’s many reflections.

‘UNRAVELLING ANJALI: DIARY OF AN IMMIGRANT BRIDE” is her debut novel.

Ian Steep

Ian Steep

Moderator

Ian Steep is an educator and a social theorist. He is interested in identity particularly as it relates to migrants. Currently working as Senior Student Learning Advisor at Victoria University Sydney, Ian is focused on understanding how international students make sense of the student experience, particularly through assessment. His experience as a teacher of English as Second Language is essential to his work as a student learning advisor. His forthcoming PhD will focus on transitional identities of international students in the context of third party providers of higher education.

Emerging South Asia

20 May 2017

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

FREE

Hamish McDonald

Hamish MacDonald

Panelist

Hamish McDonald lives in Sydney and writes from around Asia and the Pacific. His books The Polyester Prince and Mahabharata in Polyester, about the rise of a new form of capitalism in India and its political connections, made him an underground hero in that country. His co-authored Death in Balibo, Lies in Canberra helped inspire the first judicial inquiry into the murder of five TV newsmen in Timor. Early in his career he wrote Suharto's Indonesia (1980) and revisited in 2014 with Demokrasi: Indonesia in the 21st Century. His most recent book A War of Words (UQP), is an in-depth look into Japan’s war against the Western powers from a unique perspective.

Ben Doherty

Ben Doherty

Panelist

Ben Doherty is a foreign correspondent, photographer, and video journalist, currently employed as immigration correspondent for The Guardian newspaper.

He was formerly Southeast Asia Correspondent for The Guardian, and South Asia Correspondent for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. From 2011-2014 he was based in New Delhi, reporting across South Asia. He has reported from more than 20 countries across Asia, the Pacific, and Africa.

He has won a Walkley Award, Australia's highest journalism honour, three times, most recently in 2016 for a feature on systemic, fatal, flaws in Australia’s immigration detention regime, and in 2013 for an investigation into Bangladeshi sweatshop labour. He was 2008 Australian Young Print Journalist of the Year. His work has won three United Nations Association Media Peace Awards, and been recognised by Amnesty International and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

He holds a Master's degree in International Law and International Relations from the University of New South Wales, and is a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.

John Prasantha Fernando

John Prasantha Fernando

Moderator

John is an award-winning writer and editor with 30 years' experience in the Middle East (Dubai and the Arabian Gulf), Sri Lanka, the United States and in Australia (Melbourne and Sydney). He has authored three books (collections of short stories and poetry), namely: Of hope and serendipity, Tales from all around, and Gallipoli - Remembrances of a distant shore.

John currently works as a senior editor of ministerial correspondence with the NSW Government and also lectures on professional writing and editing in Sydney. He has been a managing editor for several leading magazines and newspapers, both in Australia and overseas, and has also conducted about 1,500 journalistic interviews and rates his time with boxer Muhamed Ali as his most memorable.

He hails from a family of accomplished journalists and writers, with his dad being a newspaper editor and mum an accomplished writer on child psychology. John has risked his life to break major news stories overseas and bring changes to legislation, and some of his works are recommended reading at a leading university in Melbourne. He proactively maintains a low profile, following a relatively high-profile journalistic career in Dubai.

SAFAL - Eblast - writer

Creative Writing Workshop

21 May 2017

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

$20

Nim Gholkar

Author

Nim Gholkar, the author of the best-selling ‘Diary of an Immigrant Bride’ is an international public speaker & author. She is the leading authority on personal motivation and an expert in the art of communication and persuasion. Nim’s second book based on personal development, will be launched in the next few months. She is currently working on her 3rd book.

Nim Gholkar was born and raised in Mumbai, India. She graduated in English Literature from University of Bombay, Mumbai before moving to Australia in 1996. Her blog ‘Nim’s Niche’ is a kaleidoscope of musings on life and it’s many reflections.

‘UNRAVELLING ANJALI: DIARY OF AN IMMIGRANT BRIDE” is her debut novel.

Techniques on writing past the first few pages, overcoming blank page anxiety and finishing the book writing project

Nim Gholkar's workshop 'Unleash the Writer Within You' is the ideal training ground for aspiring writers.

This workshop is for those who:
Have lots of story ideas but don't know how to structure them.
Have always had 'write a book' in their bucket list
Would like to some day write a book or memoir
Have always wondered where authors get their ideas from
Believe they have lots to write but don't know where to start.

In this workshop, you will learn:
The basics of creative writing
How to structure your ideas into a logical sequence
How to master descriptive language and the art of 'show not tell'
Ideas for starting a personal journal and developing your writing style.

South Asian Literature in Australia

21 May 2017

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

FREE

Adib Khan

Adib Khan

Panelist

Adib Khan is an Australian novelist of Bangladeshi origin. He moved to Australia in 1973 and obtained an MA from Monash University in 1976. He taught creative writing at Ballarat University, and in 2007 returned to Monash to pursue a PhD.

Khan started writing in his 40s and has published five novels. His first novel, ‘Seasonal Adjustments’ won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the Book of the Year award in the 1994 NSW Premier′s Literary Awards, and the 1995 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, and was also shortlisted for the 1994 Age Book of the Year award.

Solitude of Illusions was shortlisted for the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, and the Ethnic Affairs Commission Award in the 1997 NSW Premier′s Literary Awards. It won the 1997 Tilly Aston Braille Book of the Year Award. His other novels are 'Solitude of Illusions', 'The Storyteller', 'Homecoming' and 'Spiral Road'.

Champa Buddhipala

Champa Buddhipala

Panelist

Champa Buddhipala is a former Judge, and is currently a lawyer, dramatist, actor, lyric writer and a translator. He was a student of the prestigious Lionel Wendt Ranga Shilpa Shalika Theatre School in Colombo, Sri Lanka which was conducted under the directorship of Prof Ediriweera Sarachchandra, the father of modern Sri Lanka drama. In the 1980s, Champa performed as a main actor in the Sarachchandra Drama Troupe and also performed in a leading role in the TV production of Prof Sarachchandra’s iconic drama, Maname. He was awarded a ‘’Certificate of Distinction’ for acting at the Youth Service Council Drama Award Festival in 1982. He has also performed at Royal National Theatre in London, representing Sri Lankan drama at the Commonwealth Festival held in 1985.

In June 1999, Champa, with his wife Chandrani, founded Sri Ranga Sabha Incorporated - the first ever Sri Lankan dramatic association in Australia. Sri Ranga Sabha pioneered the importation of Sinhalese dramas from Sri Lanka to Australia and production of original full-feature Sinhalese dramas in Australia. He has written, directed and produced four full-feature stage dramas with Sri Lankan and Australian combined casts, namely Krishna (2002) based on Srimad Bhagawatham, Daskon (2008) based on a royal love triangle contained in the Sri Lankan history and Meththara (2012) highlighting the Buddhist concept of compassion.

On 22 July 2003, Krishna was featured on Asia Pacific Focus on Australian ABC television channel, making Krishna the only Sri Lankan dramatic event featured on Australian television to date. Meththara won three awards at the State Drama Festival in Sri Lanka in 2015. In 2016, Champa translated the Pulitzer Prize winning renowned drama by Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire. His translated stageplay, titled Ashawe Veedi Riya, was staged at the State Drama Festival in 2016.

Sharon Rundle

Sharon Rundle

Panelist

Sharon Rundle is a book editor, UTS Doctorate of Creative Arts, She is the Chair, UTS Writers' Alumni Network, Founding member of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators. Life member of Indian Association for the Study of Australia.

As an editor of anthologies of short stories by South Asian and Australian authors, and as a researcher in the field of South Asian-Australian novelists published in Australia, Sharon is privileged to read their narratives. During the past fifteen years, Sharon has had the pleasure of sharing these stories and have come to understand the importance of transnational literature. Her research shows a consistent output of fiction by South Asian-Australian authors published in Australia since 1991. Many of these novels have won prestigious prizes. Sharon’s aim is to share and promote stories by South Asian and South Asian-Australian authors.

Shankari Chandran

Shankari Chandran

Panelist

Shankari Chandran was raised in Canberra, Australia. She spent a decade in London, working as a lawyer in the social justice field. She eventually returned home to Australia, In January 2017, she published her first book with Perera-Hussein, Song of the Sun God. Her second book, titled The Barrier, will be published by Pan Macmillan Australia in June 2017. It asks, what would happen to the world if an Ebola pandemic and religious wars converged?

Shankari is now researching her third book, a work of fiction also set in Sri Lanka, because she can’t leave the place alone.

Buy Shankari’s book here: http://shankarichandran.com/books/

Rosnna Gonsalves

Roanna Gonsalves

Moderator

Roanna Gonsalves came to Australia as an international student from India. She is the author of The Permanent Resident, an acclaimed collection of short fiction published by UWAP in November 2016.

Roanna’s series of radio documentaries, On the tip of a billion tongues, commissioned and broadcast by Earshot, ABC RN, is an acerbic socio-political portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers. She is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, and is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings. She has a PhD from the University of New South Wales, and has been facilitating and teaching creative writing workshops for all ages within communities as well as at schools and in the university sector for many years. Her research interests are in the sociology of the arts, social media, creativity studies, and postcolonial literatures.

She can be found on Twitter @roannagonsalves or at roannagonsalves.com.au.

Writing for Theatre & Films

21 May 2017

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

FREE

Ana Tiwary

Ana Tiwary

Panelist

Director/Producer - inDiVisual films

Ana is a film and TV director/producer with several years of experience in bringing diverse stories to Australian and international screens.

Ana has worked on Bollywood films (India), at National Geographic Channels (Washington DC), and has directed several documentaries for ABC TV (Australia). Ana received the gold medal for her Bachelors in Film & Video and holds Masters degree in English Literature and Film. Born in India, Ana has also lived/worked in Germany, Canada, West-Africa and the US, and for the past ten years has called Sydney home.

Ana served on the Women in Film & TV NSW committee for six years and founded their Mentorship program. In 2015, she was selected for Screen Producers Australia’s “Ones to Watch” program and Ana is a full member of the Australian Directors Guild. This year, she was selected for the Seeing Ourselves: Developing the Developer organised by Screen Australia.

Ana is passionate about telling rich untold Australian stories that bring gender, racial and cultural diversity to our screens. She is always keen to collaborate with authors and screenplay writers from diverse backgrounds.

Julian Karikalan

Julian Karikalan

Panelist

Julian Karikalan is an Award-winning, Indian born Australian filmmaker, known for his feature film “Love and Love Only” which is the first-ever English language film for which the most prolific film composer of Indian cinema, Maestro has composed original songs and the complete score. Julian was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India, to his parents Julius Karikalan and Helen Thilagavathy who were both educators. Julian did his Graduate studies at Raja College of engineering and technology, Madurai and holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science. He holds a Master of Science in Computing (Interactive Multimedia) from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

His film "LOVE and LOVE ONLY" which is a contemporary romantic drama between a working class Australian girl and an International student from India, set in multicultural Australia, which is a microcosm of the modern world. The music and songs for the film is composed by the World's most prolific film composer Ilaiyaraaja who has composed more than 1000 Indian films. However, this is the first English film for which he has composed original songs and the complete score.

Neena Badhwar

Neena Badhwar

Panelist

Neena Badhwar is the editor of the first Indian community newspaper and website in Australia, The Indian Down Under (TIDU) for the last thirty years.

Neena Badhwar is a Hindi poet as well as playwright having written 12 short plays both in English and Hindi. Three of them in Hindi have been staged as well as three in English on the platform of Short+Sweet Theatre Festival of Sydney and one was staged at Short+ Sweet New Delhi.

As editor of TIDU, Neena has supported various charity and fundraising events. She has had her poems published in an anthology along with collection of poems from eleven poets of Australia in a book titled ‘Boomerang’. She has taught Hindi language to school students since 1987 at IABBV Hindi School and teaching adults at Sydney’s University’s Centre of Continuing Education since 2010.

Abhijit Deonath

Abhijit Deonath

Panelist

Abhijit is originally from India and currently settled in Canberra, Australia. He is a post-graduate from the Indian School of Mines, a premier national institute. He has, since 1991, held management positions in diverse sectors such as mining, manufacturing, finance and public service. He has also had brief stints in the Australian academia.

Abhijit is a creative and resourceful entrepreneur. He is a literature, language, music and cinema enthusiast, and has participated in and anchored a number of community events. He possesses in-depth knowledge of artistic, musical, cultural and linguistic context of the Indian subcontinent, and the creative talent, directorial skills and professional perseverance necessary to produce the Film.

Abhijit has written, directed and produced a Hindi feature film Salt Bridge recently which features actors from Bollywood, New Zealand and Australia. He was personally invited to send the screenplay to be archived in the Core Collection of Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars). Abhijit is also a music composer. Seven songs of Salt Bridge composed by him were shortlisted for the 88th Oscars.

Abhijit writes poetry and fiction mainly in Hindi but occasionally in English also. He is also familiar with Bangla and Marathi literature.

Neeru Saluja

Neeru Saluja

Moderator

Neeru Saluja is a professional writer with more than 15 years of experience. While in India, she has worked with the Times of India and Indian Express. Since the past 13 years, she is the Bollywood reporter for the Indian Down Under, the first and oldest Indian newspaper in Australia.

She has interviewed leading actors like Ranbir Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Dharmendra, Manoj Bajpai, Simi Grewal, Vidya Balan, Kalki Koechlin, Shilpa Shetty, Rani Mukherjee, Kangana Ranaut, Alia Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra, Prachi Desai, Shraddha Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Sunny Leone, Brett Lee, Tanishta Chatterjee, Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Adil Hussain, Malaika Arora, etc. While covering music concerts she has interviewed singers like Asha Bhosle, AR Rahman, Sonu Nigam, Pritam, Shilpa Rao, Anu Malik, Kanika Kapoor, Udit Narayan, Sunidhi Chauhan and Adnan Sami.

She has also covered the Sydney Film festival and the Indian Film festival since more than a decade and has interviewed directors like Yash Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Gurinder Chaddha, Kunal Kapoor, Shaad Ali and Anurag Kashyap to name a few.

Iqbal Barkat

Iqbal Barkat

Dr Iqbal Barkat is a digital artist and filmmaker. His artistic practice is based in Western Sydney. He teaches screen production at Macquarie University. Iqbal was born in Singapore and began his career in theatre as Artistic Director of Gung Ho Theatre Ensemble.

He is a proponent and practitioner of community and participatory arts specializing in works involving a combination of actors and non-actors. His works are often hybrid as they emanate from real settings but include fictional elements and involve the intersection of digital media with other art forms. He is currently working on a project that explores the outsider and Islam.

Lifestyle & Academic Non Fiction Writing

21 May 2017

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

FREE

Mahesh Trivedi

Mahesh Trivedi

Panelist

Mahesh Trivedi is the author of the book ‘True Blessings.’ He is a man with a strong connection to many different communities in Australia, particularly by sharing his inspirational thinking through a series of talks grounded in practical spirituality. As speaker and writer, Mahesh has touched many lives. Countless individuals and families have benefited in different aspects of their life journey through his True Blessings program. After spending 22 years in Australia, Mahesh reflects on his journey with a new view and discovers that life brings joy in many ways and every day

Mahesh believes that life is our best teacher and if we pause to reflect, our journey becomes joyous all the time. Mahesh tells us that "With a passion and vision, we can create wonders in our life" Mahesh is a truly happily married man with wife Ila and their children lives his spiritually rich and diverse life with passion, vision and determination.

Based in Sydney, Mahesh is founder of ‘True Blessings’ and many of the program's resources is available on www.trueblessings.org web site. Mahesh can also be contacted by email at Mahesh.Trivedi@trueblessings.org for comments or questions on his book.

Anna Sekhar

Anna Sekhar

Panelist

Anna arrived to Australia in the year 2000. She is a Gold Medalist in Master of Economics and is a recipient of both “International Post Graduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) awarded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia and the International Post Graduate Award (IPA) awarded by the University of Sydney to meritorious IPRS holders. She was conferred her PhD degree in 2005 from The University of Sydney in 2005.

Anna’s early publications were mainly conference papers relating to my doctoral dissertation on ‘major ICT firms and their approaches towards achieving quality’. One of the conference papers presented at Australia South Asia Research Centre (ASARC) conference in the Australian National University was a chapter publication in a book.

Recently, she has contributed to the Foreign Policy White Paper through the Australia Indian Business Council and have also been working along with my fellow academic on a paper tentatively titled ‘Innovation and increase in productivity in agricultural sector in Australia’. This will be presented to Economics Society of Australia (ESA) as a part of our research paper.

She is also one of the panel members in ‘The Hindu,’ one of the leading national dailies in India, wherein she writes articles in the Economics section, to motivate the young minds about studying this interesting unit Economics. One of the papers titled ‘Is Economics really boring?’ compares the teaching and learning style of this dynamic unit in India versus Australia. Another paper on ‘Plagiarism’ mainly highlights the assessments styles offered and students’ understanding of the concepts for a deeper learning of the economic concepts.

Marcus Torane

Marcus Torane

Panelist

Marcus Torane is a driving instructor cum author. His book ‘You Can Drive Too’ was published in 2012 and became very popular amongst the learner drivers. This book collects information on road rules, driving techniques, and tips to help the learner driver. It includes clear diagrams, plain language and comprehensive explanations of road rules. The content is designed to be useful for learners, teachers, parents of learner drivers, overseas drivers and people from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Nim Gholkar

Moderator

Nim Gholkar, the author of the best-selling ‘Diary of an Immigrant Bride’ is an international public speaker & author. She is the leading authority on personal motivation and an expert in the art of communication and persuasion. Nim’s second book based on personal development, will be launched in the next few months. She is currently working on her 3rd book.

Nim Gholkar was born and raised in Mumbai, India. She graduated in English Literature from University of Bombay, Mumbai before moving to Australia in 1996. Her blog ‘Nim’s Niche’ is a kaleidoscope of musings on life and it’s many reflections.

‘UNRAVELLING ANJALI: DIARY OF AN IMMIGRANT BRIDE” is her debut novel.

Master of Ceremony

David Townsend

David J. Townsend

David J. Townsend is a PhD student in Law at the University of Oxford and student of Hindi. A native of Sydney, David took a Bachelor of Arts (Ancient & Modern Languages) and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney. After working as a lawyer in Sydney, David moved to the UK to study for Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Law in Oxford, where he was elected to serve as full-time President of the Student Union. David has an abiding interest in the future of Australia-India relations, particular in the field of trade and culture, and studies Hindi language under Rekha Rajvanshi.