• 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…

  • Nadia Rhook,  Poetry

    Two Poems from boots by Nadia Rhook

    Nadia Rhook is a white settler historian, educator and poet. Her poetry is inspired by her work as a historian as much as it is by her life experiences and family histories.   Click on the sound files below to hear Nadia Rhook read two poems from her debut collection  boots ( UWAP, 2020).   Like “a compulsory streak of lightning in an optional summer sky”, Nadia Rhook’s poems speak to the regrets of memory and the terrors of complicity – Rashida Murphy   granddad’s anger ES · graddad’s anger   The poems in Nadia Rhook’s boots grapple head-on with what it means to write as a settler in a…

  • Mikaela Nyman

    Mikaela Nyman – Multilingual Poet and Author

    Mikaela Nyman is an award winning multilingual writer and poet from the autonomous  Åland Islands in Finland who is currently based in New Plymouth in New Zealand. Her debut novel Sado draws on her experience of living in Vanuatu and being part of the recovery effort post-Cyclone Pam.  Her PhD in creative writing from Victoria University (Wellington) focussed on rhetorical alliance and collaboration with Ni-Vanuatu writers; one of her collaborative poems was published in Sport 47. Mikaela’s English language  works have featured in Turbine | Kapohau, Sport, Blackmail Press, Sweet Mammalian, Minarets and Strong Words 2019: The Best of the Landfall Essay Competition.   In 2019 her first poetry collection, När vändkrets läggs mot vändkrets (Ellips) was published in…

  • 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…