Festival Program

City Program

Lyrical Fury

Fri 10 Sep, 2pm
State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Award–winning authors Evelyn Araluen and Maria Takolander speak about writing genre-blurring collections of poetry that stare down difficult subjects with eloquence and lyricism, in a panel discussion with Elena Gomez. ‘A vibrant new Indigenous voice on the Australian literary scene’, Araluen explodes colonial tropes and nostalgic kitsch in Dropbear, her graceful and merciless examination of dispossession and First Nations sovereignty. Takolander offers a lyrical and ruthless evocation of bodily frailty, domestic violence and the Anthropocene in the electrifying Trigger Warning.


1 hour

Event artists

Evelyn Araluen is a poet, researcher and co-editor of Overland literary journal. Born and raised on Dharug Country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung Nation.

Elena Gomez is the author of Admit the Joyous Passion of Revolt, Crushed Silk and Body of Work, and several chapbooks and pamphlets. She currently lives in Melbourne.

Maria Takolander is the author of the poetry collection Trigger Warning, three other poetry books, and the short story collection The Double. A program on Maria's poetry was produced for Radio National, and she has performed her poetry on ABC TV and at various festivals, including the Medellin International Poetry Festival.

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