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Patrick Gunasekera is a queercrip Sinhala interdisciplinary artist based in the Whadjuk region of the Noongar nation, disrupting white and settler epistemologies of art through writing, visual media, performance-making and advocacy.
"I had all these poems about racial and cultural identity, diaspora and the struggle to belong. The sort of thing I’ve been writing about for a couple of years now. But I’d felt this urge for a while to move beyond that, or to expand on those themes in a different way."
"I work as a lawyer in a corporate environment with strict hours, I practice yoga and meditate regularly each requiring discipline and focus—whereas writing is the one area in my life that is fluid and flexible"
"Whenever I go to the Centre for Stories, I always feel like I am going home. The Centre definitely fits well in the multiplicity that is my homes. Here, there is an abundance of love and passion and commitment to nurturing a strong sense of community and belonging for anyone who walks through the Centre’s doors."
"I’m a spreadsheet junkie, so whether it’s a first draft or editing, I actually record each 'writing session,' keeping track of my 'pace' (words per hour rate) and I make notes about factors that might’ve affected my output."
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