Giving voice to over 30 culturally diverse poets

SHOWCASING the stories of culturally diverse residents, Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement has released a new poetry collection.

In this exciting new book, more than 30 writers share their experiences of home, culture, language and history.
Officially launched last week, ‘This Little Red Thing’ has been compiled and edited by the multi-award-winning author from Bankstown, Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad, and distinguished writer and community arts worker Winnie Dunn.
As the dynamic duo of Sweatshop, Dr Ahmad and Ms Dunn have been powerful advocates for culturally and linguistically diverse writers throughout Australia.
They believe that literature is an important tool in the fight against racism and xenophobia.
“In the era of Trump, Brexit, One Nation and Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Party, Sweatshop hopes that the sweet poetry of culturally diverse writers from our special little corner of the world, can help challenge and transform people’s negative opinions and prejudices,” Dr Ahmad said.
A prominent author in his own right, Dr Ahmad’s latest novel, ‘The Lebs’, was a finalist for the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award.
‘This Little Red Thing’ features poems and flash fiction by writers who come from Indigenous, African, Arab, Asian and Pasifika backgrounds.
“In particular, we are so proud of the culturally diverse young people from Sir Joseph Banks High School who have contributed to this incredible collection,” says Ms Dun, who proudly identifies as being from a Tongan-Australian background.
The new anthology has been made possible through the support of I.C.E, Australia Council for the Arts, Western Sydney University, Campbelltown City Council and the Crown Foundation and Packer Foundation.
‘This Little Red Thing’ can be purchased for $14.95 from sweatshop.ws.