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Chris Lin believes in writing as a force for activism. Stories and poetry have been his source of strength as he watches the conflict unfold in his home country of Burma.
We are delighted to announce that Sunil Govinnage will be our final elder-in-residence.
Featuring 16 Indonesian writers and translated from Bahasa Indonesia into English, the fifth issue is a celebration of Indonesian literature.
"My husband described the Centre for Stories as a different kitchen, wherein using a bunch of unknown-before ingredients, I managed to develop a different spread. I too have felt a poignant and palpable shift in the flavour and texture of my poetry."
Featuring the Indian Ocean's best writing, Issue Four of Portside Review is full of essays, interviews, short fiction, and poetry for everyone.
Missed out on Side Walks 2021 or just want to relive the good times? You can now listen to recordings from the full program.
"I see writing as a way to honour my lineage and ancestors, and my community here today. Ancestrally, I am from a lineage of orators...I also really love the unique position I'm in as a Diaspora Zambian in this country."
"I think I get too stuck in the original shape of things, and then I get distracted with a new idea and forget that you need to play around with the work a bit. And that it’s fun to just flip an idea completely on its head, sometimes the core of the it might just fall out and expose itself if you turn it upside down/chop it up/write it as a big chunky prose poem."
Still I Rise is a bilingual poetry reading featuring originals poems written in response to Maya Angelou's poem of the same name. It features poets Karen Escobar, Afeif Ismail, Dureshawar Khan and Daniel Hansen.
"The one thing my mum said to me was to put something out there that is you, that is original. So, I started writing... if I want to do my own thing or need help with my writing, I try to do something that is original to people. Whatever is obsessively in my mind, I write about it."
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