WestWords is gearing up for another great year and bringing fantastic authors to western Sydney schools and regions.

This term three very  different and very fabulous writers take the 6 week plunge into the school pit for a creative writing frenzy.

Deborah Abela heads to Bossley Park High School for 3 super dooper turbo charged “My Story” sessions with a year 7 crew!  Did you know her story Teresa A New Australian has been shortlisted for the 2017 West Australian Young Readers Book Awards?  It’s based on Deb’s family tale of wartime survival and arrival  in a new country and all the challenges that brings.  Just the kind of thing we’re talking about.

Sydney Opera House muckmeister, I mean playwright,  Maryam Master takes a break from hanging out with Horrible Harriet and Mr Stink to get scribbling with some of the year 4 and 5 students of Parramatta North Public School.

Maryam is an Iranian born Australian, who came to Australia as a child with her family, as refugees.  Like many students at Parramatta North Public School Maryam started school with no English.  Fast forward to now and she takes tea (and scones) with David Walliams when he’s in town, and her adaptation of Mr Stink scored a nomination at the 2016 Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Production For Children.  Maryam also speaks Farsi.

Going over the top?  Author Manisha Jolie Amin deconstructs creative writing with a bunch of top year 11 Extension English students at Glenwood High School. They’re aiming to wrestle at the roots of creative writing to take their stories to a whole new level.

Look out for online publications at the end of term 2!



Maryam Master has almost 20 years’ experience writing for young audiences. Her adaptation of David Walliams’ best-selling children’s novel, Mr Stink, premiered at the Sydney Opera House in April 2016. In 2014 she wrote the stage adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ book The Incredible Book Eating Boy, which premiered at the Sydney Opera House then went on to tour nationally and internationally. Maryam has also written Lah Lah’s Big Live Band, which debuted to sold-out audiences at the Opera House Concert Hall, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and Jingle Bell Jazz (SOH Babies Proms), and Staging Stories, an interactive workshop for Sydney Opera House’s digital learning program. She is currently working on bringing Leigh Hobbs’ beloved character Horrible Harriet to the stage.

Manisha Jolie Amin was born in Kenya and came to Australia at the age of five. She received her PhD from UTS in 2011. Dancing to the Flute, her first novel is set in India and based on the raag structure.