Join contemporary Australian poets Hani Abdile, aj carruthers, Eileen Chong and Ali Cobby Eckermann, as they respond to classic Australian poem My Country (‘I Love A Sunburnt Country’) by Dorothea Mackellar with a new poem of their own, broadening the scope of what it means to live in Australia. They will discuss their poems with Toby Fitch. Presented in conjunction with the Australian Poets Festival.
Eileen Chong (Australian)
Eileen Chong is a Sydney poet who was born in Singapore. Her books are Burning Rice, Peony and Painting Red Orchids. She was shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award 2012, as well as the Prime Minister's Literary Award in 2013, and the Victorian Premier's Literary Award 2017. Another Language is forthcoming in 2017.
Toby Fitch (Australian)
Toby Fitch is poetry editor of Overland and program director for the Australian Poets Festival and the Sappho Poetry Reading Series. His books include Rawshock, which won the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry 2012, Jerilderies and, most recently The Bloomin’ Notions of Other & Beau.