Late Night Lit:
Another Australia

L-FRESH the LION, Sara M Saleh, Shirley Le + open mic spots!
Hosted by Winnie Dunn

From 7pm
Thursday 1 December, 2022
Bar Toto, Ettalong Beach

$15 + booking fee

Thursday 1 December 2022, from 7:00pm

A shimmering Late Night Lit to wrap up the year, featuring spoken word and poetry all drawn from the recent anthology Another Australia, produced by Sweatshop. Hear home-truths from contributors Sara Saleh, L-FRESH the LION and Shirley Le alongside electrifying open mic speakers.


7:00pm – 9:00pm


Late Night Lit

$15 + booking fee (beverages and food optional extras)

Settle into the old-world charm of Bar Toto, Ettalong’s neighbourhood trattoria for Late Night Lit, an evening of spoken word: poetry, literary readings and other surprises.

For this final shimmering instalment of the year, we will be treated to an insight into Another Australia, an unwavering anthology issued by writers of colour and Indigenous Australians showing what a new or alternative nation might look like. We will be joined by three of its fearless contributors: hip hop artist L-FRESH the LION, human rights campaigner, writer and poet Sara M Saleh, and Vietnamese-Australian writer from Western Sydney, Shirley Le, with editor Winnie Dunn as our host for the evening.

And as usual, we will hand the mic to you. Expressions of interest for local aspiring or established writers to join the line-up have now closed, thank you for your interest (and feel free to email for consideration at our next Late Night Lit, if you missed out!)

Please note: seating is unallocated.

Late Night LitThursday 1 December
From 7pm
Bar Toto
83/189 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach
$15 + booking fee



L-FRESH the LION is one of Australia’s most important hip-hop artists and was born and raised in South-West Sydney. In the time since his ARIA-nominated album BECOME was released (2016), L-FRESH The LION has taken his music to the world. Alongside festival appearances all over Australia, he addressed the United Nations Headquarters in New York in late 2018. He was also selected as an ambassador for YouTube’s Creators For Change global initiative, with his resulting video RACI$T / OUR WORLD premiering at the Tribeca TV Festival in New York. Breaking ground and exceeding expectations is a recurring theme of this South-West Sydney artist, having performed alongside hip-hop icons such as Nas, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, and even the legendary Sir Elton John. L-FRESH The LION continues to take things to the next level.

Sara M Saleh

Sara M Saleh is a daughter of migrants from Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon, living and learning on Gadigal land. A long-time human rights campaigner, writer and poet, Sara’s essays, poems and short stories have been published in English and Arabic in The Guardian, SBS, Australian Book Review, Overland, Meanjin, Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, Sweatshop Women, A Blade of Grass, Making Mirrors, Solid Air and Borderless. Sara is the first Australian poet to win both the Australian Book Review’s Peter Porter Poetry Prize (2021) and the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize (2020). #SayMashAllah. Sara co-curated the anthology Arab, Australian, Other (Picador, 2019) and is developing her debut novel, Songs for the Dead and the Living (Affirm Press, 2023).

Shirley Le

Shirley Le is a Vietnamese–Australian writer from Western Sydney. She is a Creative Producer at Sweatshop Literacy Movement and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University. Her short stories and essays have been published in Overland, The Guardian, SBS Voices, The Griffith Review, Meanjin and several Sweatshop anthologies. Shirley’s debut novel Funny Ethnics will be published by Affirm Press in March 2023.


Winnie Dunn

Winnie Dunn is the General Manager of Sweatshop Literacy Movement and the editor of several critically acclaimed anthologies, including Another Australia (Affirm Press, 2022). She is a writer of Tongan descent from Mount Druitt and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Sydney University. Her work has been published in The Guardian, HuffPost Australia, Griffith Review, Meanjin and SBS Voices. Winnie is currently completing her debut novel, Dirt Poor Islanders (Hachette, 2023), which has been assisted by the Australia Council for the Arts.

About the Book

Another Australia

A suburban psychic’s ominous warning. A conversation in Yuwaalaraay. A glimpse of a shameful, hidden history. A love that moves a mountain. In this unwavering follow-up to After Australia, twelve more boundary-pushing Indigenous writers and writers of colour show us all that is and could exist in our versions of Australia.

Featuring Shankari Chandran, Osman Faruqi, Declan Fry, Amani Haydar, Shirley Le, L-FRESH The LION, Mohammed Massoud Morsi, Omar Musa, Sisonke Msimang, Sara Saleh, Nardi Simpson and Anne Marie Te Whiu.

Published by Affirm Press in partnership with Sweatshop Literacy Movement and Diversity Arts Australia.

Edited by Winnie Dunn.

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