When:4pm, Saturday 2nd December
In Our Own Words is a writing and literature based creative project for writers of migrant background.
Throughout 2017 British-Pakistani author and community development worker Irfan Master has been mentoring a diverse group of Canberra-based writers from different parts of the world as part of a project called In Our Own Words.
The group is comprised of mostly women who come from countries ranging from Afghanistan to Malaysia. Through fortnightly workshops Master has tutored the group, giving them confidence in their writing and assisting them to develop works that aim to break down the ‘invisible borders’ that continue to exist among the Australian public.
The group have strong opinions about Australia and the world they live in. In this special event, they will read new works ranging from poetry to short stories and monologues. It will be an opportunity for the group to share their writing talents and to engage in discourse about what it means to live in Australia today.
Join Master and In Our Own Words in The Hunting Lodge at Tuggeranong Arts Centre for an afternoon of readings and a special live music performance.
About Irfan Master:
Irfan Master’s first novel, A Beautiful Lie was published by Bloomsbury and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2011 and nominated for the Branford Boase Award 2012. It also featured on the 2013 USBBY Outstanding International Book Honor List. Irfan’s second novel, Out of Heart was published this year by Hot Key Books and has been nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal. Irfan has been a librarian and was project manager of Reading the Game at the National Literacy Trust before becoming a full-time writer.