Featured Writers

Short stories, features and poems from our writing community.

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Some of Australia’s most remarkable and inspiring stories stem from true life. Told in voices plain, ornate, and everything in between, first-person accounts serve many purposes and begin from diverse places.

A great number of successful books are sparked by the writer’s curiosity about a detail of family, which has always been puzzling or unspoken: a gap in the records. Others explore a powerful and cherished relationship. Yet others stem from a profound bond with place. And some stories arise from a terrible loss or tragedy.

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Mohamed Abbas Omar from Somalia, writes about the migrant experience.

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I’m writing about diaspora, because I’ve lived in different places, in Bangladesh, Kuwait, India, Burma and now here in Australia, and because of that I don’t feel like I belong in any one particular place anymore. So I don’t feel all that Bangladeshi, nor do I feel all that Arabic, or Indian or whatever. I don’t feel like I belong to a particular place anymore, because I’ve lived in so many different places.

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Heidi Everett was one of five writers with disability who received an inaugural Writeability Fellowship in 2013.

Over the coming months we’ll be catching up with some of our long-standing members to celebrate Writers Victoria’s 25th anniversary. We’ll seek counsel with the elders of the Writers Victoria community to find out what’s kept them writing over all these years and why they love it so much. This month we speak to 90-year-old Writers Victoria member Jo-Ann Burke.

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Mohamed Omar's writing on the refugee experience, 'The writer must give a voice to the voiceless people.'

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An extract from Kate Hood's play Ruthie. Kate Hood was one of five writers with disability who received an inaugural write-ability fellowship.

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Clovis Mwamba's refugee experience of fleeing across the Congo River.

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Fatema Ahmed experience of writing about diaspora.

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When you have issues that need to come out I think the writer will be the right person. Not the politician, not the business people, because maybe they have their own interests. In economy and politics there are always many manipulations – in every aspect of life – so as the writer I think you can be like a silent lawyer, representing the voiceless people.

The writer must give a voice to the voiceless people.