Review: Deep Suburbia, Westside Jnr, Vol 3

Westside Jr. is the only ongoing literary anthology devoted to sourcing and highlighting the work of young writers and artists from Western Sydney, of of Australia’s most culturally diverse regions. 

In this third edition writers and photographers channel the unique and often misrepresented voice of Sydney’s infamous Western Suburbs. These areas, which include Bankstown, Auburn, Guildford, Granville, Campbelltown, Parramatta, and Fairfield, have a reputation for being dark, dangerous places.

The real experiences, beliefs, customs and communities of the people inside yearn to be set free.

Review

I enjoy reading collections of written work and art by a younger age bracket; that is kids and young adults. Call me a dork for it if you must, but I’m always moved, and it strikes a chord in me when I have the honour of reading the work of a young writer.

Deep Suburbia is a collection of poems, real life prose, and photography by a large range of ages, from seven at the youngest to around the age of 17. They range from work that is by people sharing and telling us a little about themselves to others who have some real talent with words and expression. That’s not to say that the former ones don’t leave an impression too. Regardless of whether the work is by someone who has a talent or doesn’t, they’re a kaleidoscope of opinions, backgrounds, and cultures that are emotive, colourful, insightful, perceptive, and thought provoking.

What I really love about work like this in general, is that it shows how it doesn’t matter what your background is, what your culture is, where you’re from, because when it comes down to it people are just that; people. And Deep Suburbia, whilst showing the lovely array of culture and multiculturalism that Australia can hold, in the end is about more than the sum of those elements. I think if you read something like this based on heritage and culture then you’re missing out on the bigger picture.

You can read this online along with several other editions of the Westside collections at the BYDS website.

  • Genre: Story and Poetry Collection
  • Demographic: Seven and Up
  • Rating Out of Five: 5
  • Format: Magazine
  • From: Provided, with thanks, by BYDS

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