"We need to open up the minds of children with poems that are not just playful or lyrical but poems that encourage enquiry, poems that discourage war and violence (not celebrate them), poems of peace, the joys of co-existence and compassion."
"I do not think war or conflict will end simply because poets are talking about the need for peace, but certainly they hold a mirror to what many people believe but sometimes find difficult to say."
"Poetry will not save the world but it can save the poet from damnation. To that extent, it has a role. A limited one."
"One effect of globalisation and the internet has been that everyone can see that poetry is flourishing internationally. It is how truth-seekers and idealists find expression in almost every country, every culture."
"Craft is most important in poetry, as it also is in other genres of writing, and one must keep honing it. Creation demands space, and one must not let this space be violated by any kinds of pressure."
Niru Singla has a Bachelor of Arts and an Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design and hopes to one day enter the Australian fashion industry.
An eight year old girl resists dressing up in the Indian dress her mother has bought her for Multicultural Day. Thirty years later, she reflects on why.
Written by Robert Wood, this series brings to light the texture and tone of everyday life in this small port town.
Dhal Roti looks at the demonetisation crisis in India through the lens of a local restaurant.
Renji is the story of auto rickshaws who will fix your problems.
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