WW-SRB Writers in Residence

Paul Kelaita
(In Residence at Campbelltown in October 2019)

Paul has completed his residency and published his essay, Assyrians in the Aerotropolis >> Click here to read.

 Paul’s writing seeks to further accessible cultural analysis that reflects and pushes his own attachments to place and ways of encountering the world. His writing primarily follows two paths. The first path is his academic writing developed through the recent completion of his PhD on queer art practices in Greater Western Sydney. The second is his art writing in reviews and responses to exhibitions of predominantly emerging artists.
“I am most interested in exploring the way suburban development changes alongside broader demographic shifts. Is an imagining of place malleable enough to respond to the cultural fallout of these changes or is a place once lived in but now only visited forever stuck?”

Rawah Arja
(In Residence at Parramatta Feb 2020)

 Rawah studied a Masters of Teaching at Western Sydney University with a recent scholarship to complete her doctorate in Education at The University of Notre Dame. She had been shortlisted for the Charlotte Waring Barton Award CBCA NSW. Her debut YA novel will be published by Giramondo, to be released this year. Her passion is to write authentic stories that give diverse groups a voice and a sense of belonging and to explore the Muslim identity.
“The essay I intend to write is based on my family’s complex living arrangements in the suburb of Punchbowl and how place has affected our identity within the Arab culture. In addition, the essay will make comparisons with the idea of a cult and that to my large Arab family whose lives are forever interconnected with one another.”

Congratulations Paul and Rawah!

To read 2019 WestWords-Sydney Review of Books writer in residence, Anjali Roberts’, essay Will the City be Okay? click here.