LGBTQIA+ Writers’ Group

If you are a western Sydney writer who identifies as being part of the LGBTQIA+ community then come join us. We’ll be talking about the representation of LGBTQIA+ characters, writing about LGBTQIA+ characters and sharing writing of our own (if you feel up to it!).

Overall, it is a place to be creative in a space where you know everyone around you gets what being queer means, no need for explanations!

Interested in joining WestWords’ Parramatta LGBTQIA+ writers’ group? Send your EOIs to chris@westwords.com.au now!

WestWords LGBTQIA+ writing group meets every second Wednesday, 6:30 pm we are currently in-person and via Zoom (hybrid) next one will happen on the 13th July at 41 Hunter Street Parramatta.

Introducing our Facilitator

Wilfred Roach

Wilfred Roach

Wilfred loves Words, Writing and the deliciousness of Speech in all its forms. He loves Music and often knows the lyrics of songs he`s never heard before! He practices his craft through memoirs, blogging, poetry and public performances.

He has written the first volume of his memoir Black Gay & Underage ( available on Amazon) and has had his work published in the Anthology Living and Loving in Diversity published by Australian LGBTIQ Multicultural Council (AGMC), Non-Fiction written pieces published on the Sydney School of Arts and Humanities available on their website,  poems published in a Chapbook A View From Pitt Street, Poems by members of Poetry at the Sydney Mechanics` School of Arts, and a commentary for the first collection of poems from Poet Gabrielle Journey Jones called Spoken Medicine. Wil has also appeared at the Sydney Writers Festival in 2015 and was a Co-Producer for the Festival of Unspoken Word (2018).

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When I accepted the offer from WestWords to facilitate this group back in August of 2019, little did I know how different our world would be as we neared the close of a tumultuous 2020. Lockdown, online meetings… what a journey it’s been!

Our initial meetings were tentative – we were getting to know each other. We had just started talking about the possibility of an anthology when COVID struck, and I wondered whether the group would survive. But as it did for so many, Zoom came to the rescue, or so we thought, until it became apparent that the writers, who in many cases were working from home, were beginning to struggle, then, just in time, the lifting of the lockdown!

I strongly believe that our return led to us solidifying as a group, with our stories of coming out, cultural heritage, sexual adventures, and all the other vital architecture for a queer writer finding fertile ground. I for one started to feel at home. I became aware of the impressive risk-taking required, whatever the genre, in exploring boldly but gently those childhood, teenage and adult perspectives of identity.

I am very grateful to WestWords, and of course to the wonderful group of writers that is slowly developing. I hope this group will continue to make a lasting contribution to telling stories that need to be told about Western Sydney. They have created a space where queer writers can safely come and share their vulnerabilities, and can see that confidence spill into their writing.
Wilfred Roach: LGBTQIA+ Group Facilitator

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