The Next Big Thing
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Poetry, more than most other forms of writing, takes on a different life when lifted from the page by the voice of a reader. That’s when many of the things that make poetry poetry – the rhythms and silences – can come to the fore.
At the Moat in May, hear from local poets who use voice, as well as words, to tell their stories. With Saaro Umar, Chloe Wilson, Autumn Royal and Omar Sakr.
Saaro Umar is an Oromo poet. Her work has appeared in Australian Poetry, Demos, Voiceworks, Expound and Scum amongst others.
Autumn Royal is a writer and researcher currently teaching at Deakin University and Swinburne University of Technology. Autumn is interviews editor for Cordite Poetry Review and is author of the poetry collection She Woke & Rose.
Chloe Wilson is a writer based in Melbourne. Her most recent collection of poems, Not Fox Nor Axe (Hunter Contemporary Australian Poets), was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the Judith Wright Calanthe Award at the Queensland Literary Awards.
Omar Sakr is a bisexual Arab-Australian poet. His debut collection, These Wild Houses (2017), was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award and the Kenneth Slessor Prize. His poetry has been published in English, Arabic, and Spanish, in numerous journals and anthologies. He placed runner-up in the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, and has also been shortlisted for the ACU Prize for Poetry, the Story Wine Prize, and the Fair Australia Poetry Prize. Omar has performed his work nationally and internationally. He lives in Sydney and his latest collection is The Lost Arabs (2019), out through UQP.
Want to meet tomorrow’s literary stars today? Let us introduce you.
Our long-running Next Big Thing series is our showcase for great new local talent. You’ll hear emerging writers reading from bold and adventurous work. Enjoy a delicious drink and a bite to eat at the Moat, while your future favourite authors knock your socks off.