In 2021 the following six writers from Western Sydney will undertake residencies at the Incubate Artists Studios in Bankstown to develop new work for publication on the Sydney Review of Books:
Annie Brockenhuus-Schack is a Filipinx-Danish-Australian producer, writer, and curator from Minto. She holds a Masters in Curating and Cultural Leadership. She is the co-founder of theatre production company Ka-llective, has previously worked with Biennale of Sydney, I.C.E., and is a member of Sydney Theatre Company’s Equity and Inclusion Committee.
Gabby Florek is a writer, poet and performance maker who grew up in Western Sydney. She has a keen interest in themes relating to nature and the environment as well as the smaller, humble domestic spaces we turn into our homes. Apart from scribbling poems and reflective essays, Gabby enjoys dabbling with the piano and running.
Xiaoran Shi is a writer and organiser based on unceded Gadigal land.
Huyen Hac Helen Tran is a Vietnamese-Australian writer, working on Gadigal Land. Her work can be found in SBS Voices, Peril Magazine, Killer and a Sweet Thang and the chapbook Sky Conversations (WSU, 2020).
James W. Goh lives on unceded Darug land and uses he/him pronouns. He is currently completing an Honours thesis with the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at The University of Sydney. His thesis interrogates why the ethnic Chinese in Vietnam, the Hoa, have been effaced from national histories and collective memories of war in and flight from Vietnam. His broader interests include histories of global racial capitalism and queer of colour critique.
Aileen Westbrook is a Sydney writer who lives on Dharug land near the Parramatta River. She writes poetry, short stories, essays and creative non-fiction, and has published in literary journals including Kill Your Darlings, Verge and The Quarry Journal. Currently she is completing a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and ancient history at Macquarie University. She is curious about the crosstalk between people, plants and place, from antiquity to lockdown and beyond. Aileen was winner of the 2018 Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing.
We’re thrilled to be working with this exciting group of writers from our home region of Western Sydney. These residencies are a joint initiative of the SRB and the Bankstown Arts Centre. Essays responding to the broad themes of care, custodianship and stewardship will appear on the SRB from mid-July.