Sea of the Song
Evelyn Araluen + Anahera Gildea + Michaela Keeble
slq Auditorium 2, level 2, State Library
Country of Focus / Main Festival
#About the event
Duration: 60 minutes
What emotions do bodies of water hold? What can a writer create when waves of grief are all there is? In 2021, Anahera and Evelyn collaborated poetically to create ‘a water suite’ as part of Red Room Poetry’s Fair Trade project. In this session they perform their stunning piece and discuss ways in which Indigenous solidarity is shared across time and space.
Panel: Anahera Gildea, Evelyn Araluen
Chair: Michaela Keeble
Evelyn Araluen is a Goorie/Koorie poet, researcher and the co-editor of Overland Literary Journal. Her work has been awarded the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, and a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship. Her debut poetry collection DROPBEAR is forthcoming with the University of Queensland Press. Born and raised in Dharug country she is a descendant of the Bundjalung nation.
Anahera Gildea (Ngāti Tukorehe) is a poet, essayist, and ‘artivist’. Her work has appeared in multiple journals and anthologies, and her first book was published by Seraph Press in 2016. She has worked extensively as a visual artist, performing artist, writer and teacher. Her doctoral research is focused on developing critical literary theory based on Māori intellectual traditions and on nourishing the soil of Māori literature ahakoa te aha.
Michaela Keeble is a white Australian writer living in Aotearoa with her partner and kids. Her first full-length collection Surrender is due for release in April 2022 (Taraheke | Bushlawyer), following up on her concertina climate chapbook "intertidal", published in early 2021. A children's book, co-authored with her son Kerehi Grace and illustrated by Tokerau Brown, is forthcoming from Gecko Press in late 2022. Watch out for Paku Manu Ariki Whakatakapōkai! Michaela's poetry and short fiction have been published and anthologised widely, including in Intimate Relations: Communicating in the Anthropocene (Lexington Press, 2021).