Go beyond the political rhetoric of detention centres and ‘boat people’ and learn more about the real life adventures of people who now call Australia home. Featuring three performances and a discussion from those who have first-hand experience of seeking asylum in Australia; Hani Abdile, Kaveh Arya, Amjad Hussain and moderator Eunice Andrada, will share powerful stories and poems told with passion and vulnerability.
Supported by Macquarie University.
Presented with Sydney Writers Festival
Hani Abdile (Australian)
Hani Abdile is a writer and spoken word poet who fled the civil war in Somalia. She made her way to Australia by boat and spent 11 months on Christmas Island. While detained, Hani found healing in writing poetry. She is an honorary member of PEN, a lead writer for the Writing Through Fences group, and has received numerous awards for her community work and many achievements since being released from immigration detention. Her first book I Will Rise was published in 2016 to critical acclaim.
Kaveh Arya (Australian)
Kaveh Arkbari Arya was born in the immediate post-revolution Iran. He migrated to Australia as a refugee with his family in 1995 after living through the Iran-Iraq war. Known as The Unlikely Poet, Kaveh channels his personal experience through his social projects, as well as his written and performance poetry.
A professional kickboxer and fitness coach, he manages a training academy in Rockdale, where he helps reach individuals through the physical medium while running a variety of programs promoting egalitarian culture and healthy masculinity.
Amjad Hussain (Australian)
Amjad Hussain is originally from Pakistan. He worked as a news reporter for the Pakistani mainstream media outlets from 2001 to 2011. He came to Australia by boat in 2012 after leaving Pakistan due to severe threats to his life as journalist and a member of a minority community. The Australian immigration department declared Amjad a refugee in August 2012 and after three and a half years granted him a three-year temporary protection visa in March 2016. Amjad has written for the ABC and Pakistani’s Dawn News.
Eunice Andrada (Australian)
Eunice Andrada is a poet, journalist and teaching artist based in Sydney. Her work has been featured in The Guardian and on CNN and she has performed at the Sydney Opera House and at the UN Climate Negotiations in Paris. She was awarded the John Marsden and Hachette Australia Poetry Prize in 2014. In 2016, she was honoured by Australian Poetry as the first of their 30 Under 30 Poets. Her first collection of poetry is forthcoming.