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

Ali Cobby Eckermann (Australian)

Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ali Cobby Eckermann is a Yankunytjatjara poet whose first collection little bit long time was written in the desert and published in New Poets Series in 2009. Ali has been blessed by her writings receiving much recognition around the world. Ali is the first Aboriginal Australian writer to attend the International Writing Program in Iowa in 2014 and in 2017 Ali received a Windham Campbell Award for Poetry from Yale University USA.