27 July 2022

Much of nature writing is concerned with breadth and scale: geographical mapping, botanical expeditions, mountaineering exploits, wild camping. How do those without the necessary resources interact with and access nature on an everyday level? Eileen Chong's series of poems offer an opportunity to consider the role of the small, the domestic, the urban and the imaginary when thinking and writing about nature and the natural world.

Eileen will present from Sydney via Zoom. Natalie Harkin and Bronwyn Lovell will appear in person at Bradley Forum.

This speaker series is curated by Jessica white, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Literature at UniSA; and presented by:


About the speakers

Eileen Chong is an award-winning writer of Hakka, Hokkien, and Peranakan descent. She is the author of nine books. Her most recent collection of poems is A Thousand Crimson Blooms from the University of Queensland Press. She lives and works on unceded Gadigal land of the Eora Nation.

Eileen Chong photo (above) by Christopher Philips

Natalie Harkin is a Narungga woman and activist-poet from South Australia. She is a Senior Research Fellow at Flinders University with an interest in decolonising state archives, currently engaging archival-poetic methods to research and document Aboriginal women's domestic service and labour histories in SA. Her words have been installed and projected in exhibitions comprising text-object-video projection, including creative-arts research collaboration with the Unbound Collective. She has published widely, and her poetry manuscripts include Dirty Words with Cordite Books in 2015, and Archival-poetics with Vagabond Press in 2019. 

Bronwyn Lovell is an always feminist and often speculative poet living in Peramangk country in the Adelaide Hills. She has won the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award and was runner-up in the inaugural RMIT/Giramondo Speculate Prize. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Dorothy Hewett Award, Judith Wright Poetry Prize, Newcastle Poetry Prize, Bridport Prize, and Montreal International Poetry Prize. Her debut collection, In Bed with Animals, is forthcoming from Recent Work Press; and her science fiction verse novel Between Worlds is forthcoming from University of Western Australia Publishing. Bronwyn teaches creative writing at the University of South Australia and although her research interests reside in outer space, the great loves in her life are her garden, dogs and cat. 

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