A Celebration of Writing

Saturday 21st March
WestWords Centre for Writing,
91B Grose St, North Parramatta

Western Sydney. Not just a place on a map. Intricate, rich, global, WestWords celebrates its stories and storytellers.

Guests will explore the influence of Western Sydney on their work, and how their stories create this unique place; from the complexity of representing diaspora communities on screen to how journeys, be they coming-of-age or stories of migration, are shaped by place and culture.

Join us for a full day of panels and conversations with Western Sydney authors and creatives.


Keynote address by Luke Carman

Western Sydney on Screen and Stage with Vonne Patiag, Donna Abela and Enoch Mailangi. Chaired by Hajer

Western Sydney is not just a place. It is an ecosystem in its own right and as creatives we take that ecosystem with us. In this panel, three accomplished Western Sydney creatives working in cinema, TV and theatre talk to us about the ranging influence of Western Sydney on their work.

Seeing yourself in Words with Rawah Arja, Wai Chim, Catherine Jinks. Chaired by James Roy

How does environment and culture shape ones’ coming-of-age journey? Three Western Sydney YA authors examine their creative process and how they convey a sense of place, the culture of that place and time through their works.

In conversation: Cooee Mitigar with Jasmine Seymour, Leanne Mulgo Watson. Chaired by James Roy

Author and Illustrator, Jasmine Seymour and Leanne Mulgo Watson, guide us through the creation of their first book together, Cooee Mitigar. Cooee Mittigar, meaning Come Here Friend, is an invitation to yana (walk), on Darug Country. In this stunning picture book, Darug creators Jasmine Seymour and Leanne Mulgo Watson tell a story on Darug Songlines, introducing children and adults-alike to Darug Nura (Country) and language.

There will be lunch provided on the day and a chance to chat to the creatives after the event.

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