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Dreaming Other Voices - A Conversation


How do we listen to the other voice? How does it speak to our own dreams? Local writers Merlinda Bobis (Philippine-Australian) and Subhash Jaireth (Indian-Australian) chart the journey of dreams across languages, cultures and landscapes. They invoke their favourite writers — Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca and Romanian-born and German-language poet Paul Celan — and tell the story of how they responded to them in their own writing.

Tickets: $12 (includes a complimentary glass of house wine or soft drink)


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Merlinda Bobis has published 4 novels, 6 poetry books, a collection of short stories and has written 9 dramatic works, some of which she performed as one-woman shows. In 2016 her novel Locust Girl: A Lovesong received the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the Philippine National Book Award and was shortlisted for the ACT Book of the Year. Her other awards include the Steele Rudd Award for the Best Published Collection of Australian Short Stories for White Turtle, and the Australian Writers Guild Award and the Prix Italia for her play Rita's Lullaby. Poems from her latest poetry book Accidents of Composition (Spinifex 2017) won the Philippines’ 2016 Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature (Second Prize). She is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University. 


Subhash Jaireth lives in Canberra. He has published poetry, fiction and non-fiction in English, Hindi and Russian. His publications include three collections of poetry and four books of prose fiction and non-fiction. His short-story collection Moments was shortlisted for the 2016 ACT Book of the Year. A sequence of prose poems, Moscow 1974, is included in the anthology Cities: Ten Poets, Ten Cities (Recent Work Press, 2017). His translation of five Japanese poems by two contemporary women poets appeared in Poet to Poet (Recent Work Press, 2017). He is an adjunct Professor at the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, University of Canberra.

Earlier Event: September 9
Tim Dunlop - The Future of Everything
Later Event: September 30
Billy Griffiths - Deep Time Dreaming