Western Sydney literacy movement, Sweatshop, launches The Big Black Thing: a new anthology by emerging and established writers from migrant, refugee and Indigenous backgrounds. To celebrate, join Sweatshop for an afternoon of performance readings by some of Western Sydney’s most exciting writers, including Maryam Azam, Winnie Dunn, Shirley Le and Stephen Pham. Hosted by Michael Mohammed Ahmad and Ellen van Neerven.  

Curated by Peter Polites.

Winnie Dunn (Australian)

Winnie Dunn

Winnie Dunn is a Tongan-Australian writer and community arts worker from Mt Druitt. She is the manager of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement and the literary editor of Sweatshop Women, The Big Black Thing and Bent not Broken: Ten Years of Creative Writing from the City of Canterbury Bankstown. Winnie's essays and short stories have been published in The Lifted Brow, Sydney Review of Books, Meanjin, The Griffith Review and SBS Life. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Western Sydney University in 2017.

Shirley Le (Australian)

Shirley Le

Shirley Le is a Vietnamese-Australian writer from Western Sydney and is part of the Sweatshop Writers’ Collective. In 2017 she was the recipient of a WestWords Emerging Writers Fellowship. Her writing has been published in The Lifted Brow, Meanjin, SBS Life and Griffith Review. Shirly is currently working on her debut novel.

Peter Polites (Australian)

Peter Polites

Peter Polites is a novelist and playwright from Western Sydney. He started his writing career in Sweatshop. His first novel Down the Hume is part queer, part ethnic and all noir. His second novel, a satire of gay aspirations, The Pillars, will be out in 2019.

Michael Mohammed Ahmad (Australian)

Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the founder and director of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. His debut novel The Tribe received the 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelists of the Year Award. He latest novel is The Lebs.