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Residents in Conversation

Tuesday July 6, 2021
18:00 - 19:00

Hear from Bayswater Café Residency writers, Franchesca Walker and Zarah Burgess, as they chat to Robert Wood about their time at Drip Expresso and share some of the work they produced during their residencies.

This event will take place at Drip Expresso in Bayswater. Coffee and cake will be available for purchase.


Bayswater Café Residency is a writer-in-residence program funded by the City of Bayswater. This program supports two writers to undertake a writing residency at Drip Expresso for a total of 12 days over a four-to six-week period. This project aims to support local writers to develop their craft and produce new work, and to make writers visible to the general public.

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Franchesca Walker

Franchesca Walker (Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Ngāti Pāhauwera, Pākehā) is a writer and storyteller living on Whadjuk Noongar land. Born and raised in Aotearoa New Zealand, she arrived in Australia after her father had what can only be described as a mid-life crisis and decided that his life passion really lay in driving trucks in WA mines. This life-changing decision might be why Franchesca writes memoir—as a show of thanks (or is it punishment?) to her father for exposing her to the Perth way of life. It also doesn’t hurt that her father and the rest of her family are infinitely more interesting than any characters that could come from her own mind. Franchesca’s work has most recently been performed as part of Baredfaced Stories and published by the Centre for Stories. 

Zarah Burgess

Zarah Burgess is a published poet and narrative fiction writer of Indian and Scottish ancestry. She spent her childhood on Braiakaulung country (Sale, Victoria) before moving to Boorloo (Perth), where she now lives with a very sooky Kelpie. When she is not writing, gardening or cooking, she is in the courtroom where she practices as a criminal lawyer. You can read some of her poems on Instagram: @the.part.time.poet

Robert Wood

Robert Wood is a Malayali poet interested in community, ideas and language, and is the author of four books. Robert is responsible for developing partnerships with artists and social change organisations; planning a program of activities, including writing, publishing and mentoring; quality control of all creative outputs; and implementing best-practice models that improve wellbeing. His concepts include Backstories and Portside Review.

Drip Expresso
3 King William Street
Bayswater WA 6053

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