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Posted by Walter Mason on Wednesday, 7 November 2012
On Western Sydney - A Collection of new writing from Westside Publications
For too long Western Sydney, a vast and diverse swathe of urban culture, has been absent from Australian literature. On Western Sydney is a collection of poetry, stories and observations that reflect life in this most fascinating and exciting part of the city. The young voices represented in this amazing collection are the true representatives of an urban space that is demonised by the mainstream media and more or less ignored by the cultural elites.
"On Western Sydney is about the real Western Sydney, the people, the places and the experiences.
Chief Editor of Westside Publications, Michael Mohammed Ahmad says the publication challenges the limited and negative perceptions of the Western Sydney community that have been presented in popular culture."
I love the collections challenge and its variety. It incorporates the work of some well established and celebrated writers like Felicity Castagna, Fiona Wright and Pip Smith along with a score of other, newer voices. All are grappling with themes that are not rigidly regional. Even if the vocabulary belongs to a particular place or moment, the themes are universal and almost always compelling.
WIN! A copy of On Western Sydney.
See if you respond to the "Westie" voices and are stimulated by the diversity of styles and themes in this remarkable collection.
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Entries close Wednesday 21 November, 5pm. Australian residents only. Judge’s decision is final. Winner will be notified via email by Thursday 22 November, noon and must respond with a delivery address by Thursday 29 November, 5pm.