What is ‘normal’ when it comes to our bodies? When we think of what that is, we can’t help but be influenced by the excess of images and ideas of what we should (and shouldn’t) be. Queer bodies, obesity, bodies of colour, disability, illness and more tend to fall outside the narrow scope of the body in Australian collective thinking.
Join us for an evening of examining what it is to move through the world with a body that can be marginalised by the limiting socially devised definition of what the body should be and do. In this event, writers discuss writing their own bodies, identity and the challenges of representation in a country that is still grappling with notions of what a ‘normal’ body looks like.
Author and Judy Harris Writer in Residence at the Charles Perkins Centre, Tracy Sorensen, will chair this panel featuring award-winning Arab Australian poet Omar Sakr, queercrip poet and historian Robin M Eames, and award-winning Filipina poet and teaching artist Eunice Andrada.
Tracy Sorensen is the current Judy Harris Writer in Residence at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. She is currently writing a cancer memoir from the point of view of her affected abdominal organs. Her novel, The Lucky Galah (Picador 2018) was longlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin award. Now an “ostomate” […]
Omar Sakr is an award-winning Arab Australian poet, the son of Lebanese and Turkish Muslim migrants. His debut collection, These Wild Houses (Cordite, 2017) was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award and the Kenneth Slessor Prize. His new book, The Lost Arabs (UQP, 2019), has been shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards and the John Bray Poetry Award. […]
Robin M Eames
Robin M Eames is a queercrip poet and historian living on Gadigal land. Their work has been published in Cordite, Overland, Meanjin, APJ, and Deaf Poets Society, among others. They are currently working on a PhD at the University of Sydney, examining histories of madness and trans pathologisation in 19th-20th century Australia.
Talking Writing: India
India has long been the subject of literary fascination, from within and without. But what does it mean to write about a country, particularly when your sense of belonging may be complicated or compromised? And as far as muses go, what particular appeal or challenges does India present as a place and culture? Manisha Jolie Amin (Dancing […]