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Best selling author headlines writers' festival

Best selling author headlines writers' festival New York Times best-selling author, Markus Zusak, is set to take part in the City of Canterbury Bankstown’s first-ever writers’ festival. No  

​New York Times best-selling author, Markus Zusak, is set to take part in the City of Canterbury Bankstown’s first-ever writers’ festival.

The Boundless Festival, to be held at Bankstown Arts Centre on Saturday 28 October (from 10am-9.30pm), will focus on Indigenous and culturally diverse Australian writers and their work.

It will also feature free performances, readings, panel discussions, workshops and opportunities for audience members to mingle with writers.

Mr Zusak, author of The Book Thief, will be joined by author of The Tribe, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Heat and Light author, Ellen van Neerven, and Hoa Pham, author of The Other Shore, along with Sydney-based author, journalist and newspaper columnist, Benjamin Law.

"For far too long, diverse writers have been excluded from being at the centre of the conversation, but Boundless will shift that," Mr Law said.

"That’s why there’s no better place to hold a festival celebrating diverse Australian storytelling than Canterbury-Bankstown.

"This area is one of the most richly diverse and multicultural pockets of not just Sydney, but Australia. It’s a community snapshot of Australia now, and the Australia of the future."

Mayor Khal Asfour said the inaugural festival would also showcase young and emerging talent.

"We’re dedicated to developing culturally diverse writers in our City," Mayor Asfour said.

"This festival will give budding writers the chance to learn and develop from hearing the work, and advice of established playwrights, authors, journalists, screenwriters, performance poets, and interdisciplinary practitioners."

The event is a partnership between Bankstown Arts Centre and the NSW Writers’ Centre, in collaboration with Sweatshop, WestWords, Urban Theatre Projects, Bankstown Youth Development Service, CuriousWorks and Bankstown Poetry Slam.

For more information, contact Council’s Audience Development and Marketing Officer on 9707 5775, or go to


 12/10/2017 2:16 PM