Top authors to attend inaugural writers’ festival

October 20, 2017 by  

The inaugural City of Canterbury Bankstown writer’s festival has attracted best-selling authors, according to the New York Times’ Markus Zusak.

The Boundless Festival, as it is to be known, will shine the spotlight on culturally diverse and Indigenous Australian writers and the works they have produced.

Also to be included in the diverse programme will be workshops, panel discussions, readings and free performances, along with an opportunity for attendees from Milperra and throughout the area to mingle personally with writers from around the world.

Zusak, who wrote The Book Thief, will be among a top list of authors attending the event, with others including The Other Shore author Hoa Pham, Heat and Light’s Ellen van Neerven and The Tribe’s Michael Mohammed Ahmad.

Sydney-based newspaper columnist, author, and journalist Benjamin Law will also join the list of successful writers. He said:

“For far too long, diverse writers have been excluded from being at the centre of the conversation, but Boundless will shift that.”

Law said Canterbury-Bankstown was an ideal venue for the festival, explaining:

“This area is one of the most richly diverse and multicultural pockets of not just Sydney, but Australia. It’s a community snapshot of Australia now, and the Australia of the future.”

The chance to showcase emerging and young talents is another major benefit for locals, according to Mayor Khal Asfour.

Bankstown Arts Centre, which will host the event on October 28 from 10:00 am to 9:30 pm, is promoting the Boundless Festival via poster printing within the venue.