Today Tomorrow Forever - Being Rohingya

These poems share our experiences of being a part of the Rohingya Diaspora. Creating them has helped and inspired us. We would like share them as our personal gift to you. Please read these and know that we Rohingyas are always there for you.

Transforming Silence

Transforming Silence is the second anthology from WestWords’ LGBTQIA+ writing group. WestWords LGBTQIA+ writing group meets every second Wednesday, 6:30 pm.

Dirt Lane Press

Dirt Lane Press is WestWords’ publishing arm and is dedicated to opening minds, connecting people through story, and creating quality books for those who need them most.

Our mission is to facilitate and magnify the cultural, social and educational impact of creating, sharing and reading the stories of Western Sydney. Through stories, we show our diversity of voices, sense of worth, increased confidence, resilience and exploration of identities and potentialities.

We recognise that shifting the financial wellbeing of individuals and communities starts at the grassroots level – creating change through the power of the written word allows young people to potentially change the narrative of their lives.

We increase the profile and networks for our community and increase the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of new and established Western Sydney writers as well as the increased diversity in form and content in Australian literature reflective of the diverse community of Greater Western Sydney.

Working with WestWords changed my life.
It’s helped me with my confidence, it’s helped me with my writing skills, with how I write, with the way I view writing.
They basically made me a better person.
Ali, aged 15, Granville Boys High School

Winner – 2020 and 2021 Excellence in Arts & Culture
Winner – 2021 Outstanding Business Leadership – Michael Campbell Executive Director WestWords Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence

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Last year we ran:

147 activities, facilitated by…
152 writers and allied artists.

Over 28,5000 people directly participated, 

We collaborated with 13 schools,
engaging 2,626 students

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I have been fortunate enough to collaborate with WestWords many times  during my career as a writer in Western Sydney,  and I consider them to be  the most engaged and impactful writing organization in the country.  Their work with the writing culture in Western Sydney has transformed the local literary landscape
into a thriving ecology of writers, illustrators, and editors.

Luke Carman: writer and lecturer Western Sydney University 

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Zaheda Ghani: Western Sydney Emerging Writers Fellow Pomegranate and Fig, the manuscript she developed as a Fellow was published by Hachette in June, 2022

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