West Writers 'Our Stories' Forum

The Lifted Brow is proud to be a partner of the upcoming West Writers ‘Our Stories’ Forum to be held on 15th November at the Footscray Community Arts Centre. Produced by FCAC and the West Writers Group, other partners of the event include 100 Story Building, Still Nomads, Ascension magazine and All The Best.

At TLB we’ve always tried to seek out literary work that confronts readers and causes them to see the entire world anew, and it is in the western suburbs of Melbourne where much of this writing is beginning to gain long-overdue attention. Some of the most interesting, experimental and new voices, styles and writing forms can be found in the multifarious cultures and viewpoints that bustle up against each other in Melbourne’s west. It is here where the oldest Aboriginal stories are still passed around—as they have been for millennia—even as the enthusiasm of the west’s super-modern youth burbles over the top of everything.

The cross-cultural day of storytelling, workshopping and panel discussion includes:

  • A writers workshop with WWG Ambassador Christos Tsiolkas (Loaded, The Slap, Merciless Gods)
  • Panels and presentations, including one on ethnic media with Fotis Kapetopoulous; one on writing the self featuring Tsiolkas, Alice Pung (Unpolished Gem) and Omar Musa (Here Come The Dogs); and one on Australian writing chaired by TLB publisher and editor-in-chief Sam Cooney, and featuring Right Now’s André Dao, Peril’s Eleanor Jackson and Overland’s Ben Zajac.
  • Uncle Larry Walsh, FCAC elder-in-residence, leading a walking tour of Footscray
  • The launch of the new Indigenous and ethnic lifestyle mag, Ascension
  • Readings and performances from WWG and Still Nomads

The 'Our Stories’ forum is an opportunity for people to learn more about the diverse writing that comes from Melbourne’s west-facing backyard. Take the chance to escape the inner-city writing bubble and encounter new voices that not only entertain, but challenge.

A $20 ticket gives the holder all-day entry to an event that promises to “examine what story means to different communities and how we represent the diversity of stories and voices in Australia’s literary scene”. Get yours now.