Festival Program


Beloved: Intimate Verses

Sun 1 Sep, 7pm
SLV, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Early Islamic poetry by the likes of Rumi and Hafiz symbolised God and earthly lovers. Today’s Muslim storytellers are still celebrating romance and heartbreak. Join Hella Ibrahim, Magan Magan, Omar Sakr, Sara Saleh, and Khalid Warsame as they bring intimate verses to life.


1 hour

Session code


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Session Artists

Hella Ibrahim is an editor with a passion for activism through writing and publishing. She works as a project editor at an education publishing company on weekdays, and is the founder and editorial director of Djed Press, an online publication that provides a paid platform for creators of colour.

Magan Magan has read his work at the National Gallery of Victoria, National Young Writers Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, and La Mama Poetica. His work has been published in Hyde magazine, literary arts journal Offset, Cordite Poetry Review and anthologies Shots From The Chamber, Hunter Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry, and Australian Poetry. Magan is currently co-editing forthcoming anthology Growing Up African In Australia and is publishing his first collection of poems, From Grains to Gold, later this year with Vulgar Press.

Omar Sakr is an Arab Australian poet from Western Sydney. His debut collection, These Wild Houses, was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize and the Judith Wright Calanthe award. His new book is The Lost Arabs.

Sara Saleh is a poet, writer and activist. A campaigner for refugee rights and racial justice, she has spent the past decade working with NGOs in Australia and across the Middle East. She is currently developing her debut novel, and is a proud Bankstown Poetry Slam ‘Slambassador’. She sits on the board of Getup! and is completing her Juris Doctor.

Khalid Warsame is a writer who lives in Melbourne. His essays, fiction, poetry, and criticism have appeared in a number of journals.

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