Join Auburn Poets and Writers Group to explore how we can overcome distance and confinement through the power of imagination and a bit of technology. Using verse, sketches, story and song, this celebration of keeping close shows young children making a video for their grandparents; loved ones connecting via their phones (not realising they are in the same railway carriage); and people addressing their ancestors before the night sky.

Presented with Auburn Poets and Writers Group.

Auburn Poets and Writers Group (Australian)

 Auburn Poets and Writers Group

Auburn Poets and Writers Group is dedicated to composing poetry and writing for performance and publication. The group derive concepts and develop multilingual performances around a common theme. They have performed during every single Sydney Writers’ Festival since 2006.

Neera Handa (Australian)

Neera Handa

Neera Handa was born in India, where she studied and taught English literature. She migrated to Australia in 1991, is an avid follower of the sustainability movement and a believer of human ingenuity. Neera writes prose and poetry which looks at alternatives to capitalist globalisation. She expresses herself in Hindi, Urdu and English, the three languages that have shaped her childhood memories, her fantasies of youth and her academic self.

Mark Marusic (Australian)

Mark Marusic

Mark Marusic, from Sydney’s inner west, has self published two books of poetry – Mercurial Meanderings and Iconoclastic Journeys, as well as co-publishing two anthologies – A Square Circle, and Poetsconsortorium; Anthology of Poets at the Petersham Bowlo. He regularly presents his poetry at a range of Sydney venues, as well as co-convening Poets at the Petersham Bowlo. He is currently working on a verse novel. Themes in Mark’s poetry include the environment and home, and our relationships with these. 

Michaela Simoni (Australian)

Michaela Simoni

Michaela Simoni is a writer and artist. Her writings have been published in several anthologies, including Mountain Whispers, Roundabout Chester Hill writers group, Mosaic and Grandma’s Bed by the Auburn Writers and Poets, and Zine West Anthologies over the last three years. Michaela has performed her works for ten years as part of the Auburn Poets and Writers in the Sydney Writers' Festival. She was awarded runner up in 2019 Zine West word completion.

Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya (Australian)

Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya

Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya is an author of a great number of publications in Russian, including award-winning collections of short stories and essays. Her short stories and poetry in English appeared in Bridges Anthologies, London Grip, Can I tell You a Secret, Across the Russian Wor(l)d, Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, The POEM, Rochford Street Review, Not So Quiet, Skywriters Anthology, Transitions, Red Door Magazine and more. She is also a researcher, editor of Articulation literary journal and Board member of Moscow PEN.

Maureen Ten (Australian)

Maureen Ten

Maureen Ten has directed plays, improvisations and documentaries, penned a newspaper column and tutored at university. Maureen edited and independently published the prize-winning anthology Mood Lightning and read at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. She has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald, Westerly, Imago and anthologies including Australian Asian Poets. A reading from her plays was included in the 2014 Hornsby Festival of the Arts. Maureen convened Cosmopolitan Sydney in Conversation and now Gugubarra both featuring poetry in diverse languages and discussion.

Willem Tibben (Australian)

Willem Tibben

Willem Tibben came to Australia from Holland in 1954 and grew up on dairy farms. Willem worked in the NSW Public Service for 43 years, studied Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy and Literature, began writing in 1967 as a ‘Dylan tragic’ and has been at it ever since then. Willem has published four books, Near Myths, The Conscious Moment, The Fascination of What’s Simple and Suburban Veneer and is currently working on a collection of bird poems.

Seher Aydinlik (Australian)

Seher Aydinlik

Seher Aydinlik first appeared at SWF with Auburn Poets and Writers in 2015. She graduated from the Anatolian University in her native Turkey and published 7 poetry books there. After she came to Australia she studied Community Languages at the Uni of NSW. Two of her poems appeared in the major anthology: To End All Wars (Puncher and Wattmann, 2018). Her work has also appeared in the Auburn Poets and Writers anthologies: Grandma’s Bed and Mosaic.

Danny Gardner (Australian)

Danny Gardner

Danny Gardner is a poet, novelist and freelance journalist. He is the convenor of Live Poets @ Don Bank, North Sydney. He’s performed his work in the UK, USA and Ireland and his work has been published widely in Australia, in newspapers in Beirut and Palestine and broadcast in Russia. He’s performed at the SWF every year since 2008 with Auburn Poets and Writers. His latest book We’ve Got 30 Years was published last year.

Isil Cosar (Australian)

Isil Cosar

Isil Cosar is a Sydney-based teacher and a poet with a Turkish background. Her first collection of poetry: hijabi in jeans was published by Guillotine Press in 2018. Her work has appeared in anthologies, Australian Poetry journal, Zinewest, Mascara Literary Review and Live Poets at Don Bank’s 25th anniversary anthology: Can I Tell You a Secret? Isil is passionate about the power of art to empower communities.

Yasemin Dolcel (Australian)

Yasemin Dolcel

Yasemin Dolcel is of Turkish descent and has been part of Auburn Poets and Writers for the last 8 years. She is the co-ordinator of the group’s Facebook page. She has an abiding love of the classics.

David Falcon (Australian)

David Falcon

David Falcon’s work has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald, various anthologies and literary journals. David has performed his work at Varuna, NSW Writers’ Centre, Poets Union venues, on radio station 2NBC and Live Poets at Don Bank, North Sydney. His work has also been featured in Red Room projects, the Eureka St magazine, and online. His book of verse Hidden in Plain View was recently published. This is his first appearance at the Sydney Writers' Festival with Auburn Poets and Writers.

Trish Jean (Australian)

Trish Jean

An award-winning artist who creates using photography, language and representational images, Trish Jean has performed poetry and collaborated with photography for Sydney Writers and Locale Festivals. Creative highlights for Trish include meeting Jeanette Winterson, founding and exhibiting with Sydney West Artistic Photographers and Cumberland Artists Together, and sharing a writer’s journey with Auburn Poets and Writers. Trish is currently developing a body of writing and photographic work that explores and creates a relationship between the Australian landscape, the body and belonging.