Festival Program


West Writers x WrICE: CRAFT

Sun 1 Sep, 11am
Footscray Community Arts Centre

Capping off a 6-week period of discussion and interrogation, three pairs of writers talk about their writing process and explore each other’s work.

An MWF Community Partnership supported by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

Image: West Writers Group (not all pictured)


1 hour 15 minutes


Session Artists

Lavanya Shanbhogue Arvind is a novelist, feminist research scholar and TEDx speaker. She is the winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Special Prize (2011) and is the author of The Heavens We Chase.

Georgia Mill is a Melbourne-based writer and artist. She is a member of the West Writers Group with Footscray Community Arts Centre and is on the KINGS Artist-Run committee. In 2018 she was long-listed for The Lifted Brow Prize for Experimental Non-fiction and short-listed for the Scribe Non-Fiction Prize.
Nadia Niaz is a writer and academic whose work investigates multilingual creative expression and language use among globally mobile cohorts. She is the founder of the Australian Multilingual Writing Project.

Norman Erikson Pasaribu is an Indonesian writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His first book of poems Sergius Seeks Bacchus (trans. by Tiffany Tsao) received a PEN Translates Award and is out in Australia with Giramondo. He won the Young Author Award from Southeast Asia Literary Council in 2017.

Saaro Umar is a writer and artist. Saaro’s work has been published in Australian Poetry, Cordite, Scum and Expound.  Saaro studies in the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) at RMIT.

Sumudu Samarawickrama is from Werribee. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, The Lifted Brow, Meanjin and Overland. Her first chapbook, Utter the Thing: deciBels 3, is published by Vagabond Press. Sumudu is part of Footscray Community Arts Centre's West Writer's Group, and is writing a collection of surrealistic sci-fi.

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