Revered Aussie creatives join Brunei fest

The Tiny Lit Fest hosted a series of online and in-person events that celebrated local art and literature as part of the Brunei December Festival 2020.

It promoted local literary achievements and encouraged emerging writers through a series of online master classes from prize-winning authors in Australia and Singapore.

Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Tiffany McDonald launched the Tiny Lit Fest at The Box on December 4.

She said the collaboration presented opportunities Australian and Brunei talents to enhance bilateral ties. “Having Australians and Bruneians participate in the workshops demonstrates the quality and dedication of such a partnership,” said the high commissioner.

She hoped the experience provided participants with the insight and expertise to establish their own connections with similar literary communities in Australia.

The high commissioner praised Heartwrite’s and Social Good Outpost’s effort in keeping the connection strong despite the pandemic.

The event saw the participation of award-winning authors Laniyuk and Sarah Ayoub, award-winning comic book artist Nicola Scott and author Andrew Constant, Grace O’Hara from Small Fires Publishing (Melbourne), Felicity Dunning from University of Queensland Press (Brisbane) and Priti Sharma from Epigram Press (Singapore), Robert Wood from the Centre for Stories (Perth), WalleaEaglehawk from Revolutionaries (Brisbane) and Amir Muhammad from BukuFixi (Kuala Lumpur).

The Tiny Lit Fest was delivered by Heartwrite and Social Good Outpost and supported by the Australian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam and the Australia-ASEAN Council.

Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Tiffany McDonald at the event. PHOTO: AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM