Barry Scott will talk about the world of independent publishing with particular reference to Transit Lounge and its goal to publish and promote Australian writing that creatively engages with other cultures. How can writers write sensitively about other cultures, especially as an outsider? And how can a publisher best promote works that don’t always present a positive view of Australia and the West, or indeed other countries? He will also discuss the parallels with independent publishing in the US; the varieties of writing that pass his desk every day, the changing outlook for publishing, and the opportunities of the Australian marketplace.
Barry Scott is the co-founder of independent publishing company Transit Lounge. The press has a particular interest in writing that engages with other cultures and since 2005 has published books by writers including Cate Kennedy, Ouyang Yu and Patrick Holland. Barry has a background in literary arts administration and a particular interest in Australian writing about Asia. He is the editor of New and Rediscovered by Vicki Viidikas and the author of Love and Wigs: Poems of Bangkok Bollywood and Beyond. In 2009 with the support of CAL he undertook a study of independent publishers in the US, and has previously been an Asialink arts management resident in India.