Following the success of 2020’s After Australia, independent publisher Affirm Press has again partnered with the Western Sydney literacy movement Sweatshop to publish Another Australia, an anthology by writers from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds imagining an Australia before the invasions, before the massacres, before the rebellions.
Edited by acclaimed Tongan-Australian writer Winnie Dunn, Another Australia will be published in July 2022 and will feature writing from emerging talents, including Shirley Le and Sara Saleh, inaugural winners of the Affirm Press Mentorship for Sweatshop Writers, alongside established voices such as Omar Musa, Nardi Simpson, Sisonke Msimang and Jamie Marina Lau.
The anthology is a companion to After Australia, which was published in June 2020 to wide critical and public acclaim. The collection was quickly reprinted after a swell in demand in its first week of publication, in the face of social media trolling directed at some of the contributors who are Indigenous writers and writers of colour. It has since been recognised on numerous literary shortlists including the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, Australian Book Design Awards and Aurealis Awards.
Another Australia sees twelve diverse writers reimagine Australia’s past, present and future. Song lines, migration, social media, fortune telling, climate change, domestic violence, the death penalty and the erasure of Indigenous and Black history provide a backdrop for stories on love, revolution, sovereignty and truth.
The bold collection features writing from: Osman Faruqi, Declan Fry, Amani Haydar, Jamie Marina Lau, Shirley Le, L-Fresh the Lion, Mohammed Massoud Morsi, Sisonke Msimang, Anne-Marie Te Whiu, Sara Saleh, and Nardi Simpson, and poetry and linocut illustrations from Omar Musa.
Editor Winnie Dunn said:
‘As one of Australia’s only Pasifika Australian editors, I feel a great sense of pride and responsibility working with this incredible list of Indigenous writers and writers of colour whom I learn from everyday. I deeply value their trust in me with this project. Together, we will be committing ourselves to developing the kind of groundbreaking literature that Australia needs and deserves right now – the story of who we were, who we are, and who we’re destined to become.’
Affirm Press publishing director Martin Hughes said:
‘Sweatshop is such a dynamic generator of original ideas and brilliant writing that Affirm Press is really just the point of output, a team of mechanics in overalls standing by to make sure it doesn’t conk out. We can’t wait to see what Winnie and this incredibly talented cast of writers create.’
Another Australia will be published by Affirm Press in partnership Sweatshop Literacy Movement and Diversity Arts Australia.