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, 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.
Toby Fitch (Australian)
Toby Fitch is poetry editor of Overland and program director for Australian Poetry Festival and the Sappho Books Poetry Reading Series. His books include Rawshock, which won the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry 2012, Jerilderies and The Bloomin’ Notions of Other & Beau. He is also an editor, researcher and a teacher of creative writing.