Shastra Deo + Rae White + Raelee Lancaster

Queensland Terrace, level 2, State Library

Special Event


#About the event


Shastra Deo

Shastra Deo

Shastra Deo was born in Fiji, raised in Melbourne, and lives in Brisbane. Her first book, The Agonist (UQP 2017), won the 2016 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and the 2018 Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. Her second book, The Exclusion Zone, is forthcoming from University of Queensland Press in 2023.

Rae White

Rae White

Rae White is a non-binary transgender writer, educator and zine maker. Their poetry collection Milk Teeth (University of Queensland Press) won 2017 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, was shortlisted for 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and commended in the 2018 Anne Elder Award. Rae’s second poetry collection, Exactly As I Am, will be published by UQP in 2022.

Rae is represented by Danielle Binks at Jacinta di Mase Management.

Rae is the editor of #EnbyLife, a journal for non-binary and gender diverse creatives. They are the Events and Marketing Manager at Queensland Poetry.

Rae recently completed a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship for their YA verse manuscript Welcome Home.

Rae’s poem ‘The last tourist’ won Highest Queensland Entry in 2020 Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award. Their poem ‘who, what, why, where’ was shortlisted for 2020 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards. Rae’s poem ‘hussshhh’ won Highest Queensland Entry in 2019 XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word. And their poem ‘what even r u?’ placed second in 2017 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize.

Rae’s short story The Body Remembers placed second in 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction.

Rae’s poetry has been published in Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, Meanjin Quarterly, Overland, Rabbit and others.

Rae holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative Writing Production) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and previously worked at 4ZZZ community radio as an on-air announcer.

Raelee Lancaster

Raelee Lancaster

Raelee Lancaster has a dual career: firstly as an information services professional, and secondly as a writer, collaborator, and creative producer.

Raelee's information services career focuses on library services. She has a keen interest in archives, research, and publishing. Raelee hopes to combine her information services work with her arts career to promote empathy, listening, and laughter in the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) sector.

Raelee has called herself a writer since 2017. Her writing crosses poetry, nonfiction, criticism, and playwriting. Raelee's writing has has featured in The Guardian, SBS Voices, The Saturday Paper, Overland, Meanjin, The Big Issue, Australian Poetry Journal, and more. Anthologies that feature her work include Fire Front: First Nations Poetry and Power Today (UQP, 2020) and The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry (MUP, 2020).

In 2018, Raelee was awarded first place for the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers. From 2018-2020, Raelee was employed by the National Young Writers Festival, firstly as a creative producer and subsequently as Co-Director. In 2019, Raelee was a recipient of a Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship.

Raelee is based in Brisbane/Meanjin. Raised on Awabakal land in Newcastle NSW, Raelee is descended from the Wiradjuri and Biripi peoples.

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