Day 6: Michael Mohammed Ahmad


Welcome to Day 6 of the totally unofficial EWF Book Club.

We’ve featured some great writers, writing, tips and encouragement so far.

From Charlotte Wood reflecting on things ‘she wished she knew when she started’ to Ellena Savage’s wonderful insights as she sat across the kitchen table from Helen Garner.

And – we’ve got some amazing people and ideas to showcase this week…


Today we discuss Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s Why we write Western Sydney.

It starts with a haircut, ends with a circumcision (or not) – and educated me quite a lot in between.

I haven’t considered myself a ‘proper writer’ for long. I’ve only been to one writers’ festival (only briefly) and I wasn’t sure if I felt I really belonged there. But Michael points out that no matter what he’s done as a writer (and it’s a lot more than me) – the way he looks can also be a factor in feeling like he doesn’t quite belong at some wristers’ events.

I found the work he describes by the Westside Writers’ Group really inspiring especially the way in which the work by the group feeds the next anthology, rather than bringing in ‘outside expertise’.

Great stuff.

What did you get out of Why we write Western Sydney? Please – hit the comments below!

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Today’s tweet..

A writer doesn’t need the ‘right haircut’. Michael Mohammed Ahmad features in today’s #EWFbookclub <click to tweet this>

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See you tomorrow!


About Gabe McGrath

Freelance writer, radio creative, retro gamer and a dad. Gabe's writing has appeared in , My Child, Retro Gamer, , & more. Editor in Chief of JustOneMoreGame
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One Response to Day 6: Michael Mohammed Ahmad

  1. Duncan Richardson says:

    Michael, an interesting piece. I think a lot of people feel excluded from so called mainstream writing events, for various reasons, often thinking they are alone. I’ve known of a couple of writers who were guest speakers at festivals being refused entry by the door minders because they didn’t look “right”. How ironic when the very nature of our craft/art is about substance not appearance.

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