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Language Under Occupation


Evelyn Araluen, Hasib Hourani and Mykaela Saunders discuss the careful craft of shaping a language unsettled.

About the Event

I have all the theory in the world to explain the logics of our erasure, the violence of our replacements and our more palatable Others. […]  But no one’s ever asked how we are both colonised by and inheritors of these words. – Evelyn Araluen, ‘To the Poets’, Dropbear (2021)

Trace the contours of language, seek out its limits and push. Histories are cut up, struck through, misplaced, misremembered. Join Evelyn Araluen, Hasib Hourani and Mykaela Saunders as they discuss the careful craft of ripping the empire’s language to shreds. In their work, these brilliant writers shift form in myriad ways; they render nonlinear temporalities and introduce new vocabularies; they wield opacities and yet share the dearest of intimacies. Thinking through poetry and prose, language and craft, these three writers will share the shape of a language unsettled.


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About the Bookseller

The bookseller for this event is Amplify Bookstore.

About Liminal Festival

Bringing together some of the continent’s most talented writers, the Liminal Festival contemplates the language of our shared histories and future.

The Liminal Festival is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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Evelyn Araluen

Evelyn Araluen is a Goorie and Koori poet, researcher, and co-editor of Overland Literary Journal.

Hasib Hourani

Hasib Hourani lives and works on unceded Wangal Country. His debut book of poetry, ‘rock flight’, was released in 2024.

Mykaela Saunders

Dr Mykaela Saunders is the author of Always Will Be (UQP 2024), which won the David Unaipon Award, and the editor of This All Come Back Now, which won the Aurealis Award for best anthology (UQP 2022). Mykaela has won other prizes for fiction, poetry, life writing and research, including the Elizabe... Read more


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