• Hassan Al Nawwab

    Hassan Al Nawwab – Poems That Do Not Sleep

    Next month, Fremantle Press will be releasing my poetry collection alongside Hassan Al Nawwab’s Poems That Do Not Sleep. I feel so honoured that my debut is alongside an award winning dissident poet! Hassan is an award winning Iraqi poet who came to Australia to escape Saddam Hussein’s oppressive regime. As a university graduate, Hassan was drafted into the army as a tank driver during the 1980s Iran and Iraq war. Although that war ended in a stalemate in 1988, it wasn’t until early 1991 that Iraq withdrew all troops. The First Gulf War began in 1991. His poems, to the English language reader, are deceptively simple and speak of the…

  • Poetry

    Eulogy for Hasan by Alan Fyfe

      “Eulogy for Hasan” was shortlisted for the prestigious Judith Wright Poetry Prize in 2019 and later published in Overland.  If you liked this poem, you may also want to read Alan’s prose poem “Ocean”. Listen to Alan introduce and read the poem by clicking on the SoundCloud link below. ES · Eulogy for Hasan By Alan Fyfe       “I don’t think there’s anything currently happening in Perth quite as exciting as Alan’s writing.” – Lucy Dougan       About the poet: Alan is an award-winning  Jewish writer from Mandurah, the unceded country of the Binjareb Nation, and his poetry and prose have been featured in various…

  • Emma Young

    REPOST: Emma Young: Journalist and Author of The Last Bookshop

    I’ve been so busy in 2020 that I haven’t had much time to update this blog so please enjoy a conversation I had with Emma Young back in late 2019.   Emma’s debut novel The Last Bookshop will be released this month.   **   Emma Young is an award-winning journalist at WAtoday by day and a novelist before sunrise. I met Emma, at Laurie Steed’s KSP 1st Edition fellowship in 2018 where she inspired me with her commitment to her craft. I learnt so much from her about how to ‘own it’ as a writer and my writing practice has changed because of Emma. I already a big fan of her work at the…

  • 2020,  Rashida Murphy

    REPOST: Moving in from the Margins with Rashida Murphy

    My best laid plans to publish a fresh interview before the new year has gone awry so here is a repost of  my interview with Rashida Murphy from earlier this year.   ***     Rashida Murphy is a Perth based writer, poet, mentor, and author of The Historian’s Daughter (2016, UWAP).  She has a Masters in English Literature and a PhD in Creative Writing from Edith Cowan University.  Rashida is also known in the local writing community for being a big supporter of emerging writers, especially those of us who are—for lack of a better term— ‘people of colour’, ‘ethnic writers’, ‘non-whites’, ‘third world looking’, ‘multicultural Australians’ [insert a…