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The Big Brave Read

The Big Brave Read Sat 22 Feb 10.45am Tropical Grove Sat 22 Feb 10.45am Tropical Grove FREE
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Sat 22 Feb 10.45am at Tropical Grove FREE

Poetry has always been a language of resistance and activism, requiring true courage to write and speak it, and sometimes bearing the highest and enduring costs.

Hosted by Francesca Sasnaitis, The Big Brave Read examines the themes of our Literature & Ideas program – Land Money Sex Power – through poets Patrick Gunasekera, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, Zainab Syed, Omar Sakr, David Stavanger and Anne-Marie Te Whiu reading both their own poems and those of others.

Presented by Australian Poetry and the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

Patrick Gunasekera is a queercrip Sinhala interdisciplinary artist based in the Whadjuk region of the Noongar nation, disrupting white and settler epistemologies of art through writing, visual media, performance-making and advocacy. He has been published in Voiceworks, Australian Poetry Journal, Seesaw, Pelican, the Centre For Stories’ anthology Wave After Wave, and is a contributor to the upcoming Black Inc. anthology Growing Up Disabled in Australia. He is currently working on his first play and his first poetry collection.

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a first-generation Australian Sikh spoken word poet, performer and playwright based in Perth. She is passionate about diversity and the importance of visibility in the performing arts and inherently merges her advocacy background with the arts. Her work predominantly provokes conversations around Australian identity, feminism and the power of uncomfortable conversations. Her debut theatre show with Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Black Swan Theatre Company is titled Fully Sikh and premiered in 2019.

Zainab Syed is poet, producer and educator. Since graduating from Brown University in 2014, she has been performing and facilitating workshops for schoolchildren, incarcerated women, trauma victims, migrants and refugees across the world. She was a finalist in the 2015 Australia Poetry Slam. In 2016 she co-founded Pakistan Poetry Slam in Pakistan, illUMEnate in Perth, WA and joined the Australian Red Cross as a Humanitarian Observer. Currently she works as a Producer at Performing Lines WA.    

Omar Sakr is a bisexual Arab-Australian poet. His debut collection, These Wild Houses (2017), was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award and the Kenneth Slessor Prize. His poetry has been published in English, Arabic and Spanish, in numerous journals and anthologies. He placed runner-up in the Judith Wright Poetry Prize and has also been shortlisted for the ACU Prize for Poetry, the Story Wine Prize and the Fair Australia Poetry Prize. Sakr has performed his work nationally and internationally. He lives in Sydney.

David Stavanger is a poet, performer, cultural producer, editor and lapsed psychologist. His first full-length poetry collection The Special (UQP, 2014) was awarded the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and the Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. His new collection is Case Notes (UWAP, 2020). Stavanger is also the co-editor of SOLID AIR: Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP, 2019). These days he lives between the stage and the page. 

Anne-Marie Te Whiu is a Brisbane-born Māori (on her Father’s side) descending from the Te Rarawa tribe Northland, Aotearoa. She is a cultural producer, most recently having co-directed the Queensland Poetry Festival (2015 –17). She is an editor, emerging poet and weaver and is an experienced theatre practitioner having won several short play awards as a director. She is the co-editor of Solid Air: Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP, 2019)

Time & Location

Sat 22 Feb 10.45am


Tropical Grove, UWA, Hackett Drive, Crawley WA 6009




Free Event


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