Sydney Review of Books Writers' Residency

Sydney Review of Books Writers' Residency
Arts and Culture; What's On


​Bankstown Arts Centre and the Sydney Review of Books are collaborating with six Western Sydney writers during their  residencies at the Incubate Artists Studios.

​The Incubate Artists Studios are located on the site of the former Bankstown Women’s Rest Centre, a place that drew together women – particularly mothers – from the many local communities in the Canterbury-Bankstown area. Writers will respond to the broad themes of care, isolation, custodianship and stewardship. Read their work below, by clicking on each image.

​The Beckoning- Aileen Westbrook

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​Scraps- Huyen Hac Helen Tran
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​Kin and Kitchen- Gabriella Florek              
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  Severance- James W. Goh
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Boundless Writers Festival 2021

Boundless, the festival of Indigenous and culturally diverse writers, is presented by Writing NSW and Bankstown Arts Centre. The festival is free and online, with a program of readings, panel discussions, and performances for writers and readers. 

Care and Custodianship: Navigating Crises

This year the Incubate Writers Residency program supported six emerging Western Sydney based writers responding to the broad themes of care, isolation, custodianship and stewardship. The panel features Annie Brockenhuus-Schack, Huyen Hac Tran and James Goh speaking about their works with Martyn Reyes.

When: Sunday 31 October 3-4pm

Where: Online, register for FREE here

Meet the Writers



James W. Goh lives on unceded Darug land and uses he/him pronouns.  He is currently completing an Honours thesis with the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at The University of Sydney.  His thesis interrogates why the ethnic Chinese in Vietnam, the Hoa, have been effaced from national histories and collective memories of war in and flight from Vietnam.  His broader interests include histories of global racial capitalism and queer of colour critique.     

Annie Brockenhuus-Schack is a Filipinx-Danish-Australian producer, writer, and curator from Minto. She holds a Masters in Curating and Cultural Leadership. She is the co-founder of theatre production company Ka-llective, has previously worked with Biennale of Sydney, I.C.E., and is a member of Sydney Theatre Company’s Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Xiaoran Shi is a writer and organiser based on unceded Gadigal land.

Huyen Hac Helen Tran is a Vietnamese-Australian writer, working on Gadigal Land. Her work can be found in SBS Voices, Peril Magazine, Killer and a Sweet Thang and the chapbook Sky Conversations (WSU, 2020). 

Aileen Westbrook is a Sydney writer who lives on Dharug land near the Parramatta River. She writes poetry, short stories, essays and creative non-fiction, and has published in literary journals including Kill Your DarlingsVerge and The Quarry Journal. Currently she is completing a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and ancient history at Macquarie University. She is curious about the crosstalk between people, plants and place, from antiquity to lockdown and beyond. Aileen was winner of the 2018 Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing.

Gabby Florek is a writer, poet and performance maker who grew up in Western Sydney. She has a keen interest in themes relating to nature and the environment as well as the smaller, humble domestic spaces we turn into our homes. Apart from scribbling poems and reflective essays, Gabby enjoys dabbling with the piano and running. 

If you're an artist interested in opportunities at the Arts Centre, visit  the Opportunities for Artists page.