Wave after Wave: Writers from the Indian Ocean

Wave after Wave: Writers from the Indian Ocean is the Centre for Stories’ first solo publication.

Wave after Wave is a collection of poetry and short stories developed by ten emerging writers of Indian Ocean heritage beyond the west coast of Australia. Wave after Wave explores forms of belonging, place, and the identities of our contributors.

To think of the Indian Ocean is to think of a space between ports and towns, a region that has its own tides and times, one of connections and possibilities and people that have mattered for as long as we know. Wave after Wave searches for ways of making sense with our own rhythms and logics and music and winds and family resemblances.


Priyadarshini Chidambaranathan, Rushil D’cruz, Raphael Farmer, Patrick Gunasekera, Belinda Hermawan, Raihanaty A Jalil, Michael Joboy, Priya Kahlon, Sarah Marchant, and Simeon Neo.

Featuring a forward by Robert Wood.

Although writing has always been something I’ve loved, the fear of sharing these pieces of my soul and potentially being judged caused me to avoid the ‘formal study’ of writing throughout my life … what I especially value about this mentorship is the opportunity to get constructive feedback on my writing and further develop my craft in a ‘safe’ environment.”

Raihanaty A Jalil

Id always written and enjoyed writing through high school – scripts, short stories, poetry – but only recently have I started writing to express these fantastic stories and ideas from my childhood as well as telling stories about growing up in Australia yet not being considered Australian. The more I read other migrant writers, the more I realise that I have a voice that might connect with someone out there and let them know they arent alone in their emotions and that we can create a space to be proud of where were from.”

Rushil D’Cruz

About the project

Wave after Wave is a collection of writing from the Indian Ocean. Emerging from a mentoring project run by the Centre for Stories, these short stories and poems touch on themes of belonging, heritage, loss, identity, and home. Wave after Wave presents a number of new voices to offer a different perspective on our part of the world.

This project, funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, was based off the Centre for Stories’ highly successful mentoring program Ways of Being Here, showcasing emerging African writers.

Copies of Wave after Wave are available to purchase from the Centre for Stories website. Click here.

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