About

Writing Through Fences is a writing group made up of people who are, or have been, incarcerated within Australia’s immigration detention regime along with a small number of writers who are resident in Australia.

Writing Through Fences aims to create a safe place in which writers and artists can explore their ideas, creativity, experiences and identities within, before and despite immigration detention.

We assert that we have voices.  No one can give us a voice and no one can take our voice away.  Our voices are ours and we do with them what we will.

Writing Through Fences remembers that we are situated within the long colonial practices of division of country, of displacement and incarceration characteristic of Australia’s ongoing racist history. 

We live, create and are imprisoned on stolen lands.  We acknowledge the First Nations People and their country(ies) and offer our respect to them, the peoples of these lands.