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Writing Western Sydney: The Readings

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Friends & Dark Shapes Kavita Bedford

A group of friends moves into a share house in Redfern. They are all on the cusp of thirty and big life changes, navigating insecure employment and housing, second-generation identity, online dating and social alienation—and one of them, our narrator, has just lost her father. How do you inhabit a space where the landscape is shifting around you, when your sense of self is unravelling? What meaning does time have in the midst of grief? Through emotionally rich vignettes tinged with humour, Friends & Dark Shapes sketches the contours of contemporary life. It is a novel of love and loss, of constancy and change. Most of all, it is about looking for connection in an estranged world.

About the author, Kavita Bedford is an Australian-Indian writer with a background in journalism, anthropology and literature. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, the Guardian and Griffith Review, and she was a recent Churchill Fellow exploring migrant narratives. She works and teaches in Sydney in media and global studies.

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Lisa Fuller – Ghost Bird

Angela O’Keefe – Night Blue

Peter Cochrane – The Making of Martin Sparrow

Pamela Freeman – Dry to Dry

Catherine Jinks – The Attack

Luke Johnson – Ferocious Animals

David Brooks – Animal Dreams

Malla Nunn – Sugar Town Queens

Felicity Castagna – Girls in Boys’ Cars

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Poets’ Corner is WestWords’ monthly encounter with celebrated Australian poets, curated by David Ades. Each month a poet is invited to read and talk about their poetry on a theme of the poet’s choice.

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