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. 

Hani Abdile (Australian)

Hani Abdile is a writer and spoken word poet who fled the civil war in Somalia. She made her way to Australia by boat and spent 11 months on Christmas Island. While detained, Hani found healing in writing poetry. She is an honorary member of PEN, a lead writer for the Writing Through Fences group, and has received numerous awards for her community work and many achievements since being released from immigration detention. Her first book I Will Rise was published in 2016 to critical acclaim.

A.J. Carruthers (Australian)

aj carruthers is an experimental poet and literary critic, author of Stave Sightings: Notational Experiments in North American Long Poems, 1961-2011 and the first volume of a lifelong long poem, AXIS Book 1. He is working on the next installment of AXIS and a critical volume on avant-garde poetry in Australia.

Eileen Chong (Australian)

Eileen Chong

Eileen Chong is a Sydney poet who was born in Singapore. Her books are Burning Rice, Peony, Painting Red Orchids and Rainforest, all from Pitt Street Poetry. Her work has shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Anne Elder Award, the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, and twice for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Another Language is published by George Braziller, New York, in the Braziller Series of Australian Poets, with a foreword by Paul Kane.