Events & Readings


The Poetry and Music Salon

with Omid Tofighian, Michelle D’Souza, Zeina Issa

What are some of the significant ways in which poetry (and literature) can address oppression, injustice and displacement? How does the artist  or writer engage with these concerns in their writing?

24 May 2019 @ The Poetry and Music Salon

Luke Fischer and Dalia Nassar’s home
North Bondi


Launch of The Grass Library

by David Brooks

Launched by Michelle D’Souza

Stanley St Gallery 
30th May 6 for 6.30 pm
RSVP: david brooks

Vegan food, all welcome


La Mama Poetica

4 June, 2019

Michelle D’Souza, TT.O., Matt Hetherington and Anna Forsyth.



2019 Greek Writers’ Festival

‘The Greek-Australian community is no longer an island. It needs to open-up and be a vital, relevant part of the broader cultural, political and literary dialogue. This writers’ festival is an ideal vehicle to inspire and foster such necessary discussions with culturally and linguistically diverse writers and performers from across the ethnic spectrum and across generations.’

29 May-9 June

The Greek Centre, Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

with George Mouratidis, Lucy Van, Bella Li, Tina Giannoukos, Pi O, Dmetri Kakmi, Maria Tumarkin, Chi Vu, Hoa Pham, Kent McCarter, Alice Pung, Vrasidis Karalis, and more …

details coming soon …



World Literatures and Global South Conference 23-25th August

For details see website

 University of Sydney

August 23rd My paper is “Bloomsbury’s Chinese gaze reversed” tbd at the China and the World panel with Nicholas Jose, Liu Shusen, Yongchun Cai

August 24th Mascara Global South Salon: A Reading and Performance with Mario Licon Cabrera, Anupama Pilbrow, Debbie Lim, Lachlan Brown, Christopher Cyrill, intro by Dimitra Harvey, convened by Dr Toby Fitch  Register here



Unsettling Australian Ecopoetics Symposium and  Salon Reading

Sydney Environment Institute, The University of Sydney

Across theory, criticism, and practice, ecopoetics has been acquiring increasing international prominence within research, teaching, and publishing contexts. Not coincidentally, the claims made on behalf of ecopoetics — its world-building potentialities, its ethical urgency — have of late become notably elevated. At the same time, ecopoetics has been critiqued for working from an unnaturally narrow range of perspectives, languages, forms, and locales. This event invites critical and creative practitioners to respond to the international ecopoetic scene from their situated works, histories, and points of view. And this event works toward articulating the distinctiveness of a plural Australian ecopoetics.

24th-25th October, 2019

Convened by Killian Quigley, Caitlin Maling, Peter Minter and Eloise Fetterplace
with Anne Elvey, Jill Jones, Jeanine Leane, Ellen van Neerven, Michael Farrell, Charmaine Papertalk Green  electronic contribution from John Kinsella,] Michelle Cahill, Toby Fitch, Sue Reid, Evelyn Corr+Jonathan Dunk, Astrida Neimanis+Jennifer Hamilton, and Judith Beveridge.