'I told you this was a thirst so great it could carve rivers.'
Award-winning poet Evelyn Araluen’s fierce debut poetry collection, Dropbear, confronts the tropes and iconography of an unreconciled nation with biting satire and lyrical fury. Araluen offers an eloquent witness to the entangled present, an uncompromising provocation of history, and an embattled but redemptive hope for a decolonial future.
Join us at MPavilion Parkade to celebrate this innovative collection of poetry and prose from a vibrant new Indigenous voice on the Australian literary scene, with creative readings and poetic responses from Araluen, Jeanine Leane and Melody Paloma. Hosted by Jonathan Dunk.
Drinks will be available for purchase.
Presented in partnership with MPavilion
The bookseller for this event will be Paperback Bookshop.
Evelyn Araluen is a poet, researcher and co-editor of Overland literary journal. Her widely published criticism, fiction and poetry have been awarded the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship, and a Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund grant. Born and raised on Dharug Country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung Nation.
Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, teacher and academic from southwest New South Wales. After a long teaching career, she completed a doctorate in Australian literature and Aboriginal representation and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian National University.
Melody Paloma is a poet, critic and UNSW MFA candidate, currently living in Naarm. She is the author of In Some Ways Dingo (Rabbit, 2017), and, with Elena Gomez, Leah Muddle, Ella O’Keefe, Emily Stewart and Sian Vate, co-author of It’s What We’re Already Doing (Shower Books, 2018).
Over the course of 2018 she produced Some Days, a durational chapbook-length work published by Stale Objects dePress and performed with Liquid Architecture.
Jonathan Dunk is the co-editor of Overland literary journal, and the recipient of the AD Hope prize and the Dal Stivens award.