Slow Reads

The Weight of our Words

The Weight of our Words Sat 22 Feb 12pm Tropical Grove Sat 22 Feb 12pm Tropical Grove FREE
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Sat 22 Feb 12pm at Tropical Grove FREE

Poet Leni Shilton, writer Madelaine Dickie, academic Ruby Hamad and crime novelist David Whish-Wilson present readings from their work.

Leni Shilton is a poet, nurse, educator and researcher who has worked in Aboriginal adult education in the Northern Territory for 25 years. She has twice won the Northern Territory Literary Poetry and Essay Awards, and in 2015 was shortlisted in the University of Canberra Poetry Prize. She currently works for the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yunkunytatjara Women’s Council in Alice Springs, running violence prevention programs. Malcolm is her second verse novel. Her first, Walking with Camels, was published by UWA Poetry in 2018.

Madelaine Dickie has been writing since she was seven. Her first novel, Troppo, won the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award and was shortlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award and Barbara Jefferis Award. Her second novel, Red Can Origami, was written on Balangarra country, in the Kimberley, and at Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo. A surf-obsession has led Dickie from Spain's Mundaka to Namibia's Skeleton Coast, to little-known waves in the Dominican Republic. She lives in Exmouth, WA.

Ruby Hamad is a Lebanese-Syrian journalist and author who was raised in Australia. A former columnist at Fairfax, where she spearheaded the national conversation on intersectionality in feminism, Islamophobia and racial representation in popular culture, her work has appeared in international mastheads The Guardian, Prospect Magazine, and The New Arab, as well as local outlets Crikey and The Saturday Paper. Some of her articles have been reproduced in US high school textbooks. It was her article for The Guardian, ‘How White Women Use Strategic Tears to Silence Women of Colour’ (May 2018) that inspired the writing of her book White Tears/Brown Scars.

Hamad has a Bachelor of Economics/Social Sciences (University of Sydney), a Bachelor of Film and Television (Victorian College of the Arts), a Master of Media Practice (University of Sydney), and is currently a PhD candidate in media and postcolonial studies at the University of New South Wales. She was a contributor to Defiant Daughters (2013), and a contributor to Arab-Australian-Other (anthology), Picador 2019. White Tears/Brown Scars.

David Whish-Wilson was born in Newcastle, NSW, but grew up in Singapore, Victoria and WA. He left Australia aged 18 to live for a decade in Europe, Africa and Asia. He is the author of The Summons, The Coves and three crime novels in the Frank Swann series: Line of Sight, Zero at the Bone and Old Scores. His non-fiction book, Perth, part of the NewSouth Books city series, was shortlisted for a WA Premier’s Book Award. He now lives in Fremantle and coordinates the creative writing program at Curtin University.

Time & Location

Sat 22 Feb 12pm


Tropical Grove, UWA, Hackett Drive, Crawley WA 6009




Free Event


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