This Festival highlight brings together five celebrated figures in contemporary poetry and storytelling. It features readings from New Zealand’s viral poet Hera Lindsay Bird, spoken word poet Ivan Coyote, Britain’s first female Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, prize-winning Yankunytjatjara/Kokatha poet Ali Cobby Eckermann, and New York Times bestselling author and spoken word poet Rupi Kaur. Don’t miss this line-up of international poetry’s most exciting voices, who demonstrate the power of poetry in the contemporary age. With Miles Merrill.

Rupi Kaur and Ivan Coyote supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney

Ivan Coyote (International)

Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and long-time road dog, and over the last two decades has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writers, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam to Australia. Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. IvanÕs eleventh book is Tomboy Survival Guide and recently was awarded a Stonewall Honor Book Award by the American Library Association, and was long-listed for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

Hera Lindsay Bird (International)

Hera Lindsay Bird is a poet and bookseller from Wellington. Her self-titled and semi-autobiographical book of poetry Hera Lindsay Bird has earned her a cult status for her Ôsmart, sassy and explicit takes on everything from female sexuality to FriendsÕ (The Guardian). In particular, her poem Keats is Dead so Fuck me From Behind hit a particular nerve with readers, and went viral. Her work has been published by The Toast, The Hairpin and has been included in Best New Zealand Poems.