Festival Program


On Voice and Power

Sun 8 Sep, 2.30pm
SLV, Village Roadshow Theatrette

New Zealand Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh and Windham-Campbell Prize-winner Ali Cobby Eckermann meet to explore how spoken word and poetry can be a means of resistance and connection. They discuss voice as a mode of power with Eleanor Jackson.

Supported by the Feminist Writers Festival


1 hour

Session code


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Session Artists

Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal Poet Ali Cobby Eckerman is the author of seven books, including the verse novel Ruby Moonlight, the poetry collection Inside my Mother and the memoir Too Afraid to Cry. In 2017 she was awarded Yale University's Windham Campbell Prize in Poetry.

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and community radio broadcaster. Author of A Leaving (Vagabond Press), her live album, One Night Wonders, is produced by Going Down Swinging. A passionate advocate for diverse and inclusive cultures, she is Chair of Peril Magazine and Vice-Chair of The Stella Prize.

Selina Tusitala Marsh is a Pasifika poet-scholar and is the current New Zealand Poet Laureate (2017-2019). She was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2019. She has performed her award-winning poems to primary schoolers and presidents (Obama), quiz masters (London Literary Death Match) and Queens (Elizabeth II).

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