A non-profit charity dedicated to championing the stories of the people, places and cultures that embody western Sydney has officially opened its doors to the public.
WestWords will provide a dedicated space for writers and artists from the area and also oversee all of WestWords programs in local schools and communities.
Executive director Michael Campbell said the new centre at North Parramatta is part of the evolution of WestWords.
“This facility will allow us to realise the potential of the emergent voices from one of Australia’s most vibrant and diverse regions,” he said.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support and encouragement we’ve received from the many organisations who are helping us to realise our ambitions for literature in greater western Sydney.”
The brainchild of successful author Libby Gleeson, and featuring esteemed actor Bryan Brown, who grew up in the region as an ambassador, WestWords is supported by more than 65 artists, illustrators and authors.
Mr Campbell said Parramatta was the desired location for the new facility because “Parramatta is the heart of western Sydney”.
“Giving opportunity, skills and confidence to the children and young people of western Sydney is critical,” he said. “By investing in our youth...we can create career pathways and give greater prominence to this amazing place.”
- WestWords, 91 Grose St, North Parramatta.