Land of Boundless talent

New writers’ festival to offer platform for diverse voices


Lansvale resident Bee Cruse is one of the indigenous writers involved in


Picture: Justin Sanson

A NEW writer’s festival will pop up this year, unearthing an exciting line-up of diverse authors.

Boundless is the first-ever festival focused on indigenous and culturally diverse Australian writers.

It will be presented by the NSW Writers’ Centre and Canterbury-Bankstown Arts Centre, in collaboration with six creative organisations from across southwest Sydney.

Launching in October, the festival will be held in the heart of multicultural Sydney – Bankstown.

Readings, panel discussions, audiovisual experiences and writing workshops will be held throughout the day.

One of the headline acts will be The Locals – Writing the West, an event run by Urban Theatre Projects and Sweatshop that will feature a reading of short-work commissions by six authors.

Lansvale’s Bee Cruse is one of the authors in The Locals. A born storyteller, Cruse is a proud Cabrogal woman of the Darug nation.

She was involved in the 2017 Sydney Festival and is currently writing her first documentary, Black Nan.

“For so long our stories have been monopolised by non-indigenous people,” Cruse said. “So it’s time for First Nation people to step up to the plate and take back that power.”

NSW Writer’s Centre executive director Jane McCredie said Boundless would foster new Australian writing in all its diversity.

“We’re excited to be working with some of the most innovative creative organisations in the state to produce the Boundless festival,” she said.