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Welcome to country
According to our national anthem we have boundless plains to share. Since 1788, Australia has experienced successive waves of immigration. From post-war Europeans to refugees from Africa, Liza-Mare Syron (chair) discusses how diverse voices become part of the national story with Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Hoa Pham, and Markus Zusak.
Deadly and hectic
Shaping the horizon
These powerful new voices are reshaping the landscape and literature of Australia and influencing how we see ourselves as a community. Hear excerpts of their work and a discussion of what it is to find your voice. With Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Julie Koh, Peter Polites, Ellen van Neerven, and Benjamin Law (chair).
Who’s writing who on stage
When we look at our stages, what do we see reflected back to us? Going beyond white Australia, playwrights from Aboriginal and diverse backgrounds are exploring important conflicts in our society and giving voice to broad experiences. With Sheila Pham (chair), Andrea James, Disapol Savetsila, and Aanisa Vylet. Curated by Sheila Pham and presented by NSW Writers Centre.
Root and branch
BYDS presents excellent writers, poets and digital artists working alongside children and young people from Bankstown to create startlingly imaginative and creative scripts, stories, poems and illustrations with the intention of presenting the work in a theatre and performance setting.
What needs to be said
What fires you up? How do you write about difficult, uncomfortable issues? Sarah Ayoub, Helen Chebatte and Roanna Gonsalvesdiscuss these questions in relationship to their work and what people expect them to write about and deal with. Chaired by Irini Savvides. Age range: 12-16. Presented by WestWords.
All in the family
Bankstown Poetry Slam
Australia’s largest regular poetry event is renowned for providing a platform for people of all ages to engage with issues through the medium of spoken word poetry. BPS closes the festival with their October slam featuring national spoken word legend Luka Lesson. You will laugh, you will cry, and most importantly you will click your fingers and stomp your feet.
CuriousWorks film screenings
Writing with community and power
CuriousWorks film screenings
Writing your origin story (workshop)
Be the hero of your own epic adventure! Join Wai Chim in exploring how to write about your own life. Find out how to how to pick a real experience to write about and fictionalise it for an exciting tale! You’re the hero – are you ready to write your own beginning? Age range: 10-12. Presented by WestWords. FREE but, bookings are essential firstname.lastname@example.org
From potential to publishable (workshop)
Where do ideas come from? And how do you take that seed of an idea and branch it out into a bigger, publishable story? Join journalist and author Sarah Ayoub for some quick tips and tricks on giving your ideas publishing potential. Presented by WestWords. Age range: 16-18. FREE, but bookings are essential. email@example.com
ASA professional development workshop
As the book industry continues to rapidly change, the Australian Society of Authors has some tips to help emerging writers navigate their way around some of the many pitfalls on the way to building a writing career. Presented by Australian Society of Authors CEO, Juliet Rogers. Bookings are essential. firstname.lastname@example.org
Trans-Scribe Bankstown Arts Centre presents a multimedia exhibition of poetry, scripts and other writings by students from Bankstown Public School and Bankstown Girls High School. Including transcribed interviews from the Stories of Strength project by local young people. A partnership between Bankstown Arts Centre, BYDS, and Sydney Story Factory.