In May 2019, Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement released the first-ever anthology produced entirely by women of colour.

At Boundless, Tongan-Australian editor Winnie Dunn will be chairing an exclusive panel of contributors from this ground-breaking anthology.

In preparation for this exciting panel, we’re introducing the contributors who will be participating in the urgent and critical conversation:

Ferdous Bahar is a Bengali-Australian writer from Minto and is part of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. Ferdous recently graduated from a Bachelor of Laws and Media & Communications at the University of Sydney and is currently working as a research assistant with the law school and paralegal at law firm Ashurst. Ferdous is currently developing a series of short stories and essays for Sweatshop and SBS Life. @FerdiRB


Janette Chen is a Chinese-Australian writer from Lidcombe. She is a member of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. In 2019, she participated in Carnival of the Bold’s Citizen Writes program.


Phoebe Grainer is a Djungan woman from Far North Queensland.  She is a member of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. Her short story, Each Rock Must Not Be Taken, is published with The Lifted Brow. She is currently developing a collection of work for The Big Black Thing, SBS Life and The Red Room Poetry. Phoebe recently performed in Two Hearts (KXT) and The Serpent’s Teeth (KXT).

Divya Venkataraman is an Indian-Australian lawyer and writer who grew up in various far-flung towns around Australia. Her words on books, music and theatre have featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, Time Out, SBS and The Big Issue. She has been a finalist for the Newcastle Short Story Award and the Premier’s Multicultural Media Award. She is based in Sydney.  @divyavenktrmn | @divyavnkt

Winnie Dunn is a Tongan-Australian writer, editor and arts worker from Mt Druitt. She is the General Manager of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement and the editor of Sweatshop Women: Volume One. | @sweatshopws

Our partners for this panel are Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement.

Sweatshop is a literacy movement based in Western Sydney which is devoted to empowering culturally and linguistically diverse communities through reading, writing and critical thinking. Our movement provides research, training, mentoring and employment opportunities for emerging and established writers and arts practitioners from Indigenous and non-English speaking backgrounds.

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