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You are invited ...

Please join us to launch Verity La's ebook anthology The Hunger and Mohammad Ali Maleki's poetry chapbook Truth in the Cage at The Sydney Poetry Lounge tonight, July 17, at 7 pm! There'll be live readings from Verity La contributors + open mic + free door entry + light snacks provided and drinks available at the bar. All taking place upstairs at the funky Friend in Hand Hotel, 58 Cowper Street, Glebe.

If you'd like to learn more about Truth in the Cage you can listen to Verity La Managing Editor, Michele Seminara, speak on the Creating Space Project Podcast about Mohammad, his creative process and life on Manus Island.

And if you can't make the launch but would like to purchase the books, please visit our online bookshop. All proceeds from The Hunger go towards keeping Verity La afloat, and all proceeds from Truth in the Cage go directly to Mohammad.

Thanks in advance for your support of brave writers and their words!

Our Featured Writer



You can read 'manifest' here,
and buy Melinda's books from Pitt Street Poetry.


Melinda Smith

Winner of 
the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award
For Poetry

'Melinda Smith writes with exuberance and verve in a variety of forms, old and new. She is personal, opinionated, quirky, and you never know what a poem of hers will do. It is like some firework of unknown make and provenance, spluttering into incandescent life with more than a hint of danger.'– John Whitworth

Melinda Smith's poem 'manifest' responds to several artworks in the Material Poetics exhibition which was shown at ANCA Gallery in Canberra in August - September 2016. 

More information about the exhibition.

BLACK WALLABY (Ngana Banggarai)

Emerging Indigenous Writers' Project

At Ngana Banggarai we seek submissions of poetry by Australia’s First Nations people. We would love you to sing / write / shout in your voice (Language/Kreol/Aboriginal English/Standard Australian English) the poem you want the world to hear.


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