open books: In Conversation with Wesley Leon Aroozoo and Miki Hawkinson
Featuring Wesley Leon Aroozoo (SG) & Miki Hawkinson (AUS)
Moderator: Mohamad Shaifulbahri (SG)
2021 marks the 10th year since the Great East Japan Earthquake, and that is also how long Mr Takamatsu's search for his wife has been. I Want to Go Home tells the story of Mr Takamatsu's recovery process after experiencing loss and his sheer determination to reunite with his loved one. The novel provided a glimpse into the strength of human resilience and how love may manifest itself in times of crisis. Join us in a conversation with the author and translator of I Want to Go Home on their journey uncovering and documenting Mr Takamatsu's story. In this online session, Wesley and Miki will share recollections of their week-long trip to Onagawa and their thoughts and reflections on being part of telling the story.
About Wesley Leon Aroozoo
Shortlisted for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2021, Wesley is a multi-disciplinary artist with 13 Little Pictures and a lecturer-in-charge at LASALLE College of the Arts. With works spanning disciplines and genres, Wesley’s literary work I Want to Go Home (Math Paper Press, 2017) was accompanied with a film rendition which was nominated for the Mecenat Award at the Busan International Film Festival 2017. His other literary work, Bedok Reservoir (Math Paper Press, 2012) was brought to life for stage and performed at the Goodman Arts Centre. Wesley received his Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from New York University Tisch Asia.
About Miki Hawkinson
Miki was born in Osaka and now lives and works in Melbourne. She is a member of Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) and operates as an independent interpreter and translator. She is a research officer and teaching associate at Monash University, where she translates research materials, and teaches Japanese language, interpreting and translation to a postgraduate level. Among her many successful projects Miki was the interpreter for the documentary film “I want to go home” and translator for the novel of the same title.
About Mohamad Shaifulbahri
Shai is a creative producer and arts educator based in Singapore. He is Joint Artistic Director of producing and multidisciplinary performing arts company, Bhumi Collective and an adjunct lecturer on the BA Arts Management course at LASALLE College of the Arts. He is also an Organising Member of Producers SG. He enjoys working with artists who make art collaboratively across mediums, with a view towards transnational collaborations that break borders and barriers in art making. He believes in arts education and provides mentoring and development opportunities for emerging arts producers. Shai is an alumnus of the MA in Creative Producing course at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is also a TEDx speaker at TEDxRoyalCentralSchool having spoken about Diversifying, Diversity: Tomorrow’s Theatre Today. He has produced work in Singapore, Malaysia and the UK and is currently developing new projects with New Zealand, Australia and Taiwan.