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West Writers Our Stories Forum

There’s something special about the Footscray Community Arts Centre. I have only recently been introduced to this organisation, but its reputation as one of the country’s leading community-based contemporary arts centres precedes it by a mile. When I finally made it there for the centre’s recent 40th birthday celebration, I found an inclusive, unpretentious gathering place for west Melbourne’s multicultural arts community — the sort of place where everyone seemed to know everyone. Its lovely riverside location is just an added sweetener.

Footscray Community Arts Centre_Stories forum

If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit the FCAC, this Saturday is the perfect opportunity. The West Writers Our Stories Forum will feature panel discussions, presentations, launches, workshops and story walks, including a 1.5-hour workshop with award-winning author Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap, Loaded), a panel chaired by The Lifted Brow‘s editor-in-chief Sam Cooney, live performances by Still Nomads and the launch of Ascension Magazine. The event aims to examine the significance of stories in Australia’s diverse communities, and how this diversity is represented in the country’s literary scene.

The forum runs all day and costs $20 — a bargain if you ask me. You can book tickets here. For more details about the forum, including a full programme, visit the event page on the FCAC website.
 

West Writers Our Stories Forum

Date: 14 November 2014

Time: 10am–9.30pm

Venue: Footscray Community Arts Centre

Address: 45 Moreland St, Footscray

Damage: $20 forum pass
 
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