Wilfred Roach is a Sydney-based storyteller, writer, poet and performer originally from the UK, who has written a memoir of his early life.
Wilfred loves writing and the deliciousness of the spoken word in all its varied and beautiful forms.
He delights in music and loves to sing the lyrics of songs he’s never heard before!
He’s a published author, with the first volume of his memoirs, Black Gay & Underage published in 2019. He has appeared in several anthologies including the Australian LGBTIQ Multicultural Council’s Living and Loving in Diversity, Sydney School of Arts’ Short Stories, and most recently in Live Poets@ Don Bank, Presence.
He has performed at spoken word and poetry events such as Don Bank, The Thomas Keneally Centre, Don Bank and Red Rattler and appearing for the first time at the Sydney Writers Festival in 2015.
He found a hidden talent as a co-producer of the Unspoken Word Festival in 2018. Also, in 2018 Wilfred was invited to participate in Queerstories, by Maeve Marsden. His recorded podcast is entitled, Forgive and Forget and is available on Spotify Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.
In 2023 Gabrielle Journey Jones and Wilfred launched their own podcast, All That We Perceive currently available on the podcast platform Podbean and Facebook. The second episode is due to be released on the 14 June 2023.
He has roles in plays and taken his one man shows to various Adelaide and Sydney Fringe Festivals.
As the group facilitator of the WestWords, LGBTIQ+ writers’ group (covering the whole of western Sydney) since 2019 and during that time membership has grown four-fold and the group has with support from WestWords, published three anthologies, each with contributions from current group members.
At the moment Wilfred is also an activist and advocate for queer refugees in east Africa.
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