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Launch: Lakesong

Join us in celebration as Dr Vivienne Glance launches ‘Lakesong’ by Lakshmi Kanchi (SoulReserve).


Feb 10, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Centre for Stories

Join Dr Vivienne Glance for an evening of celebration as we launch Lakesong a collection of poems by Lakshmi Kanchi, also known as SoulReserve. We are also thrilled to have Dr Rashida Murphy in conversation with Lakshmi Kanchi about the book. The evening will include poetry readings from Jaya Penelope, Miriam Wei Wei Lo, Blake Innes, and Sunny Blundell-Wignall.

Copies of Lakesong will be available to purchase on the evening. Drinks and nibbles included.

RSVP is essential, or purchase a ticket to secure your attendance and a copy of the anthology (to collect on the evening).

About Lakshmi

Lakshmi Kanchi, pen name SoulReserve, is an emerging Western Australian poet of Indian descent. Her poetry explores love and its tumultuousness, fantasy and zest in nature, and allegories that provoke thought and evoke tender feelings. Her writing anatomises the complex linkages between history, language, culture, perception, and nature.

She is a Centre for Stories fellow and the recipient of the 2021 Pocketry Prize for Unpublished Poets. Her poem “Watermarks” was shortlisted for the South Coast Writers Centre’s 2022 Poetry Prize. Read her published works in—”Social Alternatives”, “Portside Review”, “Burrow Journal”, “The Saltbush Review”, “Blue Bottle Journal”, “Seagift Journal”, “Recoil 12”, “Poetry d’Amour—2019, 2020, & 2022”, “Letters To Our Home”, “Brushstrokes II” and “Creatrix.”

She is the current Poet-in-Residence at The Wetlands Centre Cockburn where through engagement, events, and workshops, she is working towards making poetry accessible to everyone in the wider community.

Praise for Lakesong

“Warm, accessible, distinctive. This first collection navigates the complex terrain of the migrant journey. Kanchi writes to place herself in both India and Australia. She writes with a curious and observant eye and with great sensitivity towards the natural world. There is a gentle, but heartfelt warning here of the consequences of ecological disaster, whichever part of the globe one calls home.” – Miriam Wei Wei Lo


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