What does it mean to write from western Sydney? How can our stories be used to challenge perceived ideas of what it means to be from here? How are these stories reaching larger national and international audiences? What can arts institutions do to foster complex, engaging and diverse stories from this region? How can the stories of this region be used to engage young people by fostering dialogue about the issues that matter to them?

The evening will be starting with live performances from our exceptionally talented line-up of Western Sydney slam poets and writers. Writing in Western Sydney is BIG right now, and if you haven’t sat in a room and felt the energy radiating from a bunch of slam poets, this is your chance. After the performances, we will hear how writing cultures in western Sydney have developed over time and how writers and the organisations that support them can bring this work to wider audiences.

WestWords is proud to be partnering with the Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group SAMAG for this event. They offer an annual program of events to share practical, inspiring and innovative ideas to grow an inclusive and resilient arts sector. Their monthly events are designed as professional development for artists and arts workers and encourage knowledge sharing across the sector.

The evening will start with live performances from our exceptionally talented line-up of Western Sydney slam poets and writers. Writing in Western Sydney is BIG right now, and if you haven’t sat in a room and felt the energy radiating from a bunch of slam poets, this is your chance. After the performances, we will hear how writing cultures in western Sydney have developed over time and how writers and the organisations that support them can bring this work to wider audiences.

What does it mean to write from western Sydney? How can our stories be used to challenge perceived ideas of what it means to be from here? How are these stories reaching larger national and international audiences? What can arts institutions do to foster complex, engaging and diverse stories from this region? How can the stories of this region be used to engage young people by fostering dialogue about the issues that matter to them?

The host for the night will be Michael Campbell, the executive director of WestWords and member of Create NSW’s literature panel, and the Creative Arts and Humanities panel at the Australian Research Council.

When
6.15pm -7.45pm
Monday 28th October 2019

Where
University Of New England
Parramatta Campus
level 1, 211 Church Street Parramatta  2150

Admission
Non-members: $20
Student non-members: $10
​Members: Online RSVP essential
Companion card tickets available

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Aishah Ali is a fourth-year law and political science student of Fijian-Indian descent who has emerged as a fresh new face of spoken word poetry in Sydney. Her poetry has been published in a number of books, magazines and online forums and she has featured in major events such as the Sydney Writers’ Festival and took out the winning title in the 2018 Bankstown Poetry Slam. Aishah has curated two short films with Amnesty International.

Troy Wong was born and raised in Western Sydney. He helmed the Parramatta Poetry Slam and the Granville Poetry Slam as host and creative director and was a national finalist in the 2015 Australian Poetry Slam. Troy’s work has featured in Australian Poetry JournalCordite Poetry Review, and more.

Sunil Badami is a writer, academic, performer and broadcaster. He has written for publications including The Sydney Morning HeraldGood WeekendThe AustralianThe MonthlyThe New DailyThe Australian Literary ReviewAustralian Gourmet TravellerArt and AustraliaSoutherly, Island, Westerly and Meanjin. His work has been published in Australia and overseas, including in Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays.

Our MC will be Dr Felicity Castagna, an academic, teacher and arts leader who has either won or been a finalist for many of the nation’s top literary awards. She has featured in writers’ festivals, on the ABC and has collaborated with artists across the country. For the past four years, Felicity has run a storytelling night called Studio Stories and has co-run a mentorship scheme called The Finishing School at The Parramatta Artists’ Studios.