In Our Own Words

When: 4pm, Saturday 2 December, 2017

Where: Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Cost: Free

Throughout 2017 British-Pakistani author and community development worker Irfan Master has been working with a diverse group of Canberra-based writers as part of Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Invisible Borders program.

The group is called ‘In Our Own Words’ and is comprised of mostly women who come from countries ranging from Afghanistan to Malaysia. Through fortnightly workshops, Master has mentored 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, which they have been able to express through original works in a variety of forms, encompassing poetry, short stories and even monologues.

Participating in the group gave Mina Zaki the confidence to submit a piece about her response as a Muslim woman to Pauline Hanson wearing the burqa in parliament, which was published by Mamamia.

The members of In Our Own Words will read their work in a special event at Tuggeranong Arts Centre on Saturday 2nd December. 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.

Supported by artsACT.

Image credit: Martin Ollman, 2016.