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Evelyn Araluen: Dropbear


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‘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

Evelyn Araluen is a poet, researcher and co-editor of Overland Literary Journal. Her widely published criticism, fiction and poetry has 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 Li... Read more

Jeanine Leane

Jeanine Leane belongs to the Wiradjuri people from the Murrumbidgee River in south west NSW. She is a writer poet and teacher whose prose, essays and poetry have been published widely in Australia and abroad. She is the editor of Guwayu – for all times: A collection of First Nations Poetry and cur... Read more

Melody Paloma

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 c... Read more

Jonathan Dunk

Jonathan Dunk is the co-editor of Overland literary journal, and the recipient of the AD Hope prize and the Dal Stivens award.


MPavilion Parkade

34 Little Collins Street Melbourne

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