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)

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Ali Cobby Eckermann was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize from Yale University in 2017. Ali presented at the WORD Festival in Christchurch NZ and an Australian Aesthetics Keynote at Berkeley in 2016. Inside My Mother is her latest collection of poems and published by Giramondo in 2015. In 2014 Ali was the first Aboriginal Australian author to attend the International Writing Program in Iowa, USA and present at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Rajasthan, India.