hope for whole – thanks to all who made the Sydney launch possible


From left: Michael Aiken, Michele Seminara, Jennifer Maiden, Michelle Cahill, Jonathan Dunk, Anne Elvey, Lilli Barto. Photo by Katharine Margot Toohey 2018.

On Sunday 3 June 2018, Poetry Sydney and Intelligent Animal hosted a launch of hope for whole: poets speak up to Adani (edited by Anne Elvey) at the Brett Whiteley Studio on Gadigal Country in Surry Hills, Sydney. Many thanks to Angela Stretch for making this possible and bringing it all together. After an acknowledgment of Country by Angela, Lilli Barto of Frontline Action on Coal (FLAC) spoke challengingly of activism on climate change and against fossil fuel extraction, from the smallest steps to the inspiring frontline work she and her colleagues take on. Jonathan Dunk reminded us that the first people of the Galilee Basin, the Wangan and Jagalingou people are at the forefront of the campaign to stop mining in the region. Their sovereignty, including native title, is under threat by mining corporations and governments. Michael Aiken, Michelle Cahill, Jonathan Dunk, Jennifer Maiden and Michele Seminara gave excellent readings of their poems from the book and recent work. Michele also read poems by Mohammed Ali Maleki, a refugee detained on Manus Island, whose book Truth in Cage is just out. Many thanks to Angela Stretch, Lilli Barton and the poets who read and those who came to support them. Thank you to Rosnay Wines for sponsoring the event. Check out their wonderful vineyard and produce.

If you haven’t already, you can download hope for whole here. And there are suggestions through the download link re how you can support the Wangan and Jagalingou people and the Stop Adani campaign.

Many thanks to Katharine Margot Toohey of Quemar Press for the photo. You can see more photos of the event on the Quemar Press news page.

Anne Elvey
Managing Editor, Plumwood Mountain journal

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