A light shone on First Nations writers

A new anthology features stories wholly by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives from Western Sydney and beyond.

Blacklight: Ten Years of First Nations Storytelling has recently been released by Sweatshop. The Western Sydney Literacy Movement has collated a decade’s worth of writing and art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives into the one volume. Edited by Wiradjuri writer Hannah Donnelly, Blacklight features previous work published by Sweatshop, as well as new commissioned pieces.

The anthology continues Sweatshop’s determined imperative to bring to the fore stories from culturally diverse communities.

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She's the outgoing books editor of The Big issue. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press. Her next collection, Decadence, will be published in July 2022. Twitter: @thuy_on