Festival Program


West Writers: In Parallel Universes

Sat 25 Aug, 2.30pm
Deakin Edge, Fed Square

Sharing stories from Melbourne’s west, Footscray Community Arts Centre’s West Writers Group will exhibit the works of their collective. Aiming to amplify the stories and voices of the region, this event will showcase the group in performance. This event is produced by West Writers artists Sumudu Samarawickrama, Christina Taylor and Nikki Tran.

This session is $22/$19. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July.

Supported by Footscray Community Arts Centre


1 hour

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Session Artists

Piriye (Piri) Altraide is a Nigerian-born creator, co-curator of RMIT’s Unlecture series, previous writer-in-residence at Melbourne Recital Centre and an escapee from Perth. Her work has been published in Djed Press, Milk Crates, Folk Magazine and The Lifted Brow. Singing is sometimes included.

CB Mako writes non-fiction and fan-fiction; has been published in The Suburban Review, The Lifted Brow, The Victorian Writer, Pencilled In, Peril Magazine, Mascara Literary Review, Writers Bloc, and DJED Press. CB Mako, winner of the Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition (non-fiction), is also a member of West Writers Group and an art student at Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Shu-Ling Chua has written for Feminartsy, Peril Magazine and Meanjin, among others. She is working on a collection of essays on coming of age as a young Asian-Australian woman and is a 2018 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow. Her work focuses on sex, culture, femininity and growing up.

Vanessa Giron is a Latinx freelance writer based in Naarm/Melbourne. She primarily writes on being a person of colour and a woman, and how these things have shaped her as a modern Australian. She is a regular contributor Djed Press as well as a member of West Writers Group.

Amal Ibrahim is a writer and poet based in Melbourne. Her work explores the way identities intimately intersect. She has read her work at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, the Digital Writers Festival and the Emerging Writers Festival, among others.

Jennifer Nguyen is a member of West Writers Group. She is a fiction editor for Rambutan Literary and editorial mentee at Djed Press. Previously, she was a creative producer for Emerging Writers’ Festival 2017. Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Pencilled In, Bowen Street Press Review, RABBIT and online at The Regal Fox.

Nadia Niaz is a writer, editor and academic from Melbourne via many other places. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Peril, Pencilled-In, Offset, Strange 4, Mascara Literary Review, and Cordite. She teaches at the University of Melbourne and recently founded the Australian Multilingual Writing Project.

Achut Thuc fell in love with writing in 5th grade, particularly Arabic literature. She became intrigued by the beauty of words and how writers use them. Thus, started exploring words through creative stories and poetry. She is part of FCAC West Writers group, and has performed at Melbourne Fringe Festival and 'Sudo Girls Talk'.

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