West Writers Group (WWG) is a collective of writers from diverse backgrounds who currently live, work or have other established links to Melbourne’s west.
They are storytellers from Melbourne’s western suburbs who aim to change the literary landscape to make it more inclusive and aim to inspire, lead and change the current status quo for the next generation of writers and WWG members. It is a collective that will amplify the stories and voices of the region.
The group uses workshops to collectively improve each other’s skills, sharing those skills with writers in their community, and developing projects. WWG want all kinds of stories to be popularly thought of as Australian stories.
The West Writers Forum 2019 will be happening from Saturday 31 August to Sunday 1 September at FCAC. Check out the full program of events.
WEST WRITERS GROUP 2019
Nikki Tran, Vanessa Giron, Georgia Mill, Nadia Niaz, Jennifer Nguyen, Gabriela Georges, Angelita Sofia Biscotti, Achut Thuc, Grace Feng Fang Juan, Sumudu Samarawickrama.
Nikki Tran is a filmmaker, State Library of Victoria creative fellow and member of West Writers. Her creative practice has received professional development support from Film Victoria, AFTRS, Screen Australia and Malthouse Theatre. Nikki’s web series FRESH! premiered at the 2018 Melbourne edition of Series Mania and followed with screenings at LA Film Festival, NYC Web Fest, Gold Coast Film Festival, Melbourne Web Fest and Seoul Web Fest. Her latest production is GIRL, INTERPRETED, created by Grace Feng, the web series is about a newbie Mandarin interpreter caught in a tussle of words and cultures during unexpected interpreting assignments.
Vanessa Giron is a Latinx writer. She has been published by Meanjin, Junkee, The Lifted Brow, Djed Press and more. In 2019 she was a Hot Desk Fellow with The Wheeler Centre, and she is a proud member of the West Writers Group.
Georgia Mill is an artist and writer. She is a member of the West Writers and is on the KINGS Artist-Run committee. In 2018 she was long-listed for The Lifted Brow Prize for Experimental Non-fiction and short-listed for the Scribe Non-Fiction Prize. Her writing has been published online by Witness Performance. Georgia has exhibited at Seventh Gallery, Trocadero Gallery, Alternating Current Art Space, Place Gallery, West Projections Festival, Punctum Live Arts Organisation, Nocturnal Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival and INSTINC AIR Singapore.
Nadia Niaz is a writer and academic whose work investigates multilingual creative expression and language use among globally mobile cohorts. She is the founder of the Australian Multilingual Writing Project.
Jennifer Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Australian writer, poet and editor. Her writing has been published in Scum Mag, Ibis House, Lor Journal, The Lifted Brow (online), among others and she has performed at West Writers Forum, Melbourne Writers Festival and Emerging Writers’ Festival. She is an editorial mentee at Djed Press, member of West Writers and a recipient of a 2019 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship. Jennifer’s first book of poems, When I die slingshot my ashes onto the surface of the moon was a finalist for Subbed In’s 2018 chapbook competition and was published in 2019.
Gabriela Georges is a Syrian-Australian singer, writer, and performer based in Melbourne who explores identity, loss, grief and nature. In 2018 she became a part of West Writers Group, a diverse writers’ collective based in Footscray, and started performing songs in her first language in a collaborative project called Bukjeh. Gabriela is considered the weird youngest sibling of four sisters and is excited to be a featured writer for Djed Press this year.
Achut Thuc is a Sudanese/South Sudanese emerging writer. She realised her love of poetry/stories in 5th grade thus started exploring writing ever since. Her work has been featured in the fringe, Melbourne spoken word festival and MWF. She writes on a range of issues; identity, racism, mental illness, relationships and healing. She is a proud member of the West Writers Group.
Grace Feng Fang Juan is a writer, filmmaker based in Melbourne. Actively engaged with the multilingual and trans-cultural space, she writes in Chinese and in English languages, exploring the in-between-ness and fluidity created by her diaspora experience through poets and essays.
Sumudu Samarawickrama is from Werribee. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, TLB, Meanjin and Overland. Her first chapbook, Utter the Thing: deciBels 3 is published by Vagabond Press and is currently at work writing a collection of surrealistic sci-fi.
Angelita Sofia Biscotti is a Spanish-Filipinx-Australian Melbourne poet, journalist, model and photographer. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Paper, The Lifted Brow, Overland, Cordite Poetry Review, Peril, Djed Press, Archer, and elsewhere. She was a 2017 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow. In 2018, her poetry chapbook Else But A Madness Most Discreet was published by Vagabond Press.
Instagram: @angelita.biscotti Twitter: @angelitabiscuit
Tiyami Pa’gan Amum is South Sudanese writer and storyteller creating and living in Melbourne. Her works offer a reflection on faith, transformation and the relationships that make us whole.