Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement launches the second issue of The Big Black Thing, an anthology by emerging and established writers from migrant, refugee and Indigenous backgrounds. Join Sweatshop for an afternoon of performance readings by some of Western Sydney’s most exciting writers, including Peter Polites, Monikka Eliah, Omar Sakr and Amanda Yeo. Hosted by Michael Mohammed Ahmad and Winnie Dunn.

Winnie Dunn (Australian)

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Winnie Dunn is a Tongan-Australian from Mount Druitt. She is a Manager and Editor at Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement and a Bachelor of Arts graduate from Western Sydney University. Winnie's work has been published in The Lifted Brow, Cordite Poetry Review, Sydney Review of Books, The Griffith Review and The Big Black Thing. She has presented at Sydney Festival, Sydney Writers' Festival, Wollongong Writers' Festival and Stella Girls Write Up.

Omar Sakr (Australian)

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Omar Sakr is an Arab Australian poet whose work has been published in English, Arabic, and Spanish. His poetry has or will soon feature in Griffith Review, Meanjin, Island, Overland, The New Arab, Mizna, Antic, and Circulo de Poesia. He has been anthologised in Best Australian Poems 2016 and Contemporary Australian Poetry, and his debut collection These Wild Houses was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe award. He is the Poetry Editor of The Lifted Brow.

Peter Polites (Australian)

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Peter Polites is a Greek-Australian writer from Bankstown. He is the associate director of Sweatshop and the editor of Ornaments from Two Countries, an anthology of LGBTIQ literature from Western Sydney and regional NSW. Peter’s short stories and essays have been published in Overland, Seizure, The Lifted Brow, Westside and The Big Black Thing. He is also the co-writer of the award-winning web-series, ILUVUBUT, and co-writer of Urban Theatre Projects’ production, Home Country, which premiered in the 2017 Sydney Festival. Peter’s debut novel, Down the Hume, was published in 2017.

Monikka Eliah (Australian)

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Monikka Eliah is an Assyrian-Australian writer from Fairfield. She received her arts degree from the University of New South Wales and has presented for the Wollongong Writers’ Festival, the Stella Girls Write Up and the Digital Writers’ Festival. She is currently a member of the National Theatre of Parramatta’s Page to Stage program and CuriousWorks’ Breakthrough program.

Amanda Yeo (Australian)

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Amanda Yeo is a writer from East Hills. Her stories have been published and performed in Stories of Sydney (Sweatshop & Seizure), Westside (Westside Publications), The Last Word (Sydney Festival 2015), and The Voices Project (Australian Theatre for Young People). She is concerned with representations of race, gender and disability and their effect upon marginalised communities.