In 2009 the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation sponsored a Refugee Action Support program across seven high schools in Western Sydney. The program employed young actors and writers from Bankstown Youth Development Services to run workshops on the theme of violence which involved interactive theatre and creative writing. The publication Westside Jr vol. 2: Violence was one of the outcomes of these workshops, and was launched in Newcastle at the Young Writers' Festival in October 2010..This paper is an examination of the social process and communities that were part of this project, as well as the kind of positioning and social organisation that was evident both within the workshops themselves and also in the remarkable accounts of migrant and refugee experiences which came out in the publication.
|Title of host publication||Republics of letters|
|Subtitle of host publication||Literary communities in Australia|
|Editors||Peter Kirkpatrick, Robert Dixon|
|Place of Publication||Sydney|
|Publisher||Sydney University Press|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
Brown, L. (2012). 'All the village was running': Some voices from young refugees in Western Sydney. In P. Kirkpatrick, & R. Dixon (Eds.), Republics of letters: Literary communities in Australia (pp. 267-278). Sydney University Press.