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Words for Now: Poetry as Processing
not in Aus, mate
bad things don’t happen here
our beaches are open
they are not places where bloodied mattresses burn
Ellen van Neerven writes fiction, poetry, plays and non-fiction. An award-winning Mununjali Yugambeh writer and editor, their highly celebrated books include the experimental fiction collection, Heat and Light, and a book of poems, Comfort Food. This month, they released their second poetry collection, Throat, which explores love, language and land, and interrogates the colonial impulse.
Maxine Beneba Clarke, left, and Ellen van Neerven
Maxine Beneba Clarke is also a critically acclaimed writer and poet, whose work – including her award-winning 2016 poetry collection, Carrying the World – is known for its intensity and inventiveness, and for speaking truth to power.
Both writers bring humour and heart to critical questions of who we are, where we come from and the burden of Australia’s unreconciled history.
Speaking from their respective homes during the COVID-19 restrictions of May 2020, these two poetic powerhouses discuss their shared passion for the form, and consider ways in which poetry can help us process what’s happening in the world today. Introduced with a Welcome to Country from Parbin-Ata Carolyn Briggs.
Presented in partnership with Australian Poetry with the support of the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.
Fire Front: First Nations Poetry and Power Today
Fire Front is a new anthology of First Nations poetry, edited by Gomeroi poet, essayist and legal academic Alison Whittaker. Featuring both established and emerging poets, it showcases the breadth of First Nations poetic voices, alongside essays from leading Aboriginal writers and thinkers who offer their own reflections on the power of the form.
In this special showcase of Fire…
Signal Boost 2020 Launch: Float
‘Where do you get your ideas?’
It’s a common question, asked of all kinds of writers and storytellers – and of musicians, artists, journalists. Their answers typically involve some combination of curiosity, hard work and practice. Often, a simple prompt or idea becomes the seed of something unexpected and engrossing.
This event marks the opening of applications for Signal Boost – the…
Briggs: Our Home, Our Heartbeat
Adam Briggs – better known simply as Briggs – is a Yorta Yorta rapper, record label owner, comedy writer and actor. He’s part of the ARIA-winning hip hop duo A.B. Original, and outside of music, he’s appeared regularly in ABC TV shows (Black Comedy, Cleverman, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering). Recently, he’s been a writer for Matt…
Working with Words: Rory Green
We spoke to writer, editor and coder Rory Green about social media communities, laser tag and remixing text with online tools.
Miranda Tapsell: Top End Girl
‘The Territory has never left me. It's the place I go to when I want to feel whole again.’
Actor, writer and producer Miranda Tapsell is a beloved figure of Australian screen culture. She’s a familiar face on television – with credits on Love Child, Get Krack!n, Play School, Newton’s Law, Cleverman and Wolf Creek…
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