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This weekend 10 emerging writers from culturally diverse backgrounds will share their works of short fiction in an innovative project which speaks to the power of the community.

The writers involved in the Citizen Writes project were selected by an independent judging panel with representatives from the top literary institutions such as Sydney Story Factory, Writing NSW, Westwords, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Asia Pacific Writers & Translators, Peril Magazine and Southern Crossings. Upon selection, the writers were given the opportunity the participate in a series of writing workshops led by award-winning writer Dr Roanna Gonsalves.

“All the writers selected for this project are telling enchanting stories that are not heard often. It was such a privilege to work with them. No doubt, the literary world will be hearing more from them soon,” said Gonsalves.

The aim of the Citizen Writes project is to increase the diversity of working writers in Australia as recent studies have shown that as of 2015 only 8% of professional artists are from a non-English speaking background. (JA)

Apr 28. 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern. FREE. Info: www.carnivalofthebold.com