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The Booranga Writers’ Centre is set to publish Fusion: Stories and Recipes from the Riverina this month. The contributors to the book are all Wagga residents, and are from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Fusion will be launched at Wagga City Council’s festival, Fusion13, 5pm, Saturday 19th October. Copies will be available for $25 each.

Fusion has been produced as the result of a partnership between Booranga, the Wagga Multicultural Council, and Wagga City Council, and was initially made possible thanks to a Regional Arts Fund grant from the NSW Government in 2012. The editorial team worked with local design firm AdVision to release this beautiful and practical book.

“It was quite a long process to put this book together but the results prove is has been really worthwhile,” said editorial team leader Derek Motion. “The families featured in Fusion are of backgrounds such as Burmese, Sudanese, Filipino, Chinese and more. I think cooking the food and reading the stories they have shared with us will allow all of Wagga to get to learn about these cultures just a little bit more.”

During 2012 and 2013 the Fusion editorial team (also including David Gilbey, Glenda Pym and Laurinda Motion) visited 13 different families in Wagga, with photographers, to conduct the cooking and interview sessions.

“It was a really great way to get to know people,” said Derek Motion. “All of the families were more than happy to invite us in to their homes and share with us. At Faridah and Jalil Mohamad’s session for instance, we were there for a number of hours, served a full three-course meal, and given more food to take home!”

Fusion will be launched at the Fusion13 Festival, Saturday 19th October, but will also be available to purchase after this either through the Booranga Writers’ Centre (02) 69 332688, the Wagga Multicultural Council (02) 6921 6666, or Wagga City Council (02) 6926 9100.

For more information contact Derek Motion, (former Director of the Booranga Writers’ Centre, now Regional Arts Development Officer, Western Riverina Arts): or 0428 882 059.

The Booranga Writers Centre links up writers across the Riverina and provides professional development, networks and resources for readers and writers in Wagga, the Riverina Region, and Albury.