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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

Saaro Umar is an Oromo poet. Her work has appeared in Australian Poetry, Demos, Voiceworks, Expound and Scum amongst others.

Autumn Royal

Autumn is the Wheeler Centre’s Venue and Office Coordinator. Autumn creates drama, poetry and criticism. For over a decade Autumn has worked as a sessional tutor in creative writing and literary studies and facilitated workshops for independent organisations. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing ... Read more

Chloe Wilson

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 Queenslan... Read more

Omar Sakr

Omar Sakr is the author of These Wild Houses (Cordite, 2017) and The Lost Arabs (UQP, 2019), which won the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry. His poems have been widely published and anthologised in places such as the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, Border Lines: Poe... Read more


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