Despite being home to more than half of Sydney’s population, western Sydney has always been depicted as a place on the margins but the growing body of published works by those who have walked its streets is repositioning it as the centre of Sydney life. Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Lachlan Brown, Luke Carman, Felicity Castagna and Fiona Wright take you deep into western suburbia, its places and its people, in a night of storytelling, moving images and provocative discussion about their latest books.
Presented with The University of Western Sydney, Writing and Society Research Centre and Information and Cultural Exchange Parramatta.
Lachlan Brown (Australian)
Lachlan Brown grew up in Macquarie Fields and completed a PhD in Literature at the University of Sydney. His poems have appeared in journals including Westside, Rabbit, Relief, Southerly and Heat. Lachlan currently lectures at Charles Sturt University, Wagga. His first book of poetry, Limited Cities, was published by Giramondo in 2012.
Fiona Wright (Australian)
Fiona Wright is a doctoral candidate with The University of Western Sydney, Writing & Society Research Centre. Her poetry collection Knuckled won the Dame Mary Gilmore Award for a first collection in 2012.
Luke Carman (Australian)
Luke Carman was born in the Western Sydney suburb of Auburn in 1983 and his first book of fiction, An Elegant Young Man, is available from Giramondo. He is Associate Director of Sweatshop Western Sydney Literacy Movement.
Michael Mohammed Ahmad is director of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. His writing has appeared in Heat, Seizure, The Lifted Brow and The Guardian. He is currently a doctoral candidate at The University of Western Sydney. He is the author of The Tribe.
Felicity Castagna is the author of Small Indiscretions:Stories of Travel in Asia. Her work has appeared in The Age, Heat and The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a doctoral candidate at The University of Western Sydney. Her latest book is a young adult novel set in western Sydney, The Incredible Here and Now (Giramondo, 2013).