New publication launched at Sydney Writers’ Festival

SHINING a light on ancient knowledge holders, healers, warriors and nurturers, Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement has released a new publication which showcases 48 short stories, vignettes, poems, essays and artworks developed over the past 10 years.
Edited by award-winning Wiradjuri writer and Auburn resident, Hannah Donnelly (pictured), ‘Blacklight: Ten Years of First Nations Storytelling’ will be officially launched for the 2022 Sydney Writers’ Festival this Saturday, May 21.

The anthology brings together the entire collection of writing and art produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives from Western Sydney throughout Sweatshop’s publishing history.
To complement the works that Sweatshop has previously published, Blacklight also features nine original pieces from First Nations writers which were commissioned by Donnelly.
In addition to the incredible writers, the powerful cover of Blacklight features the artwork of Barkindji, Wakka Wakka, Latjilatji and Biri Gubba visual artist, Emily Johnson.
The new anthology is part of an ongoing push by Sweatshop to bring more stories from culturally diverse communities to the forefront of Australian literature.
‘Blacklight: Ten Years of First Nations Storytelling’ can be purchased directly from