Literary Commons


Literary CommonsOver two days next week, an extraordinary group of writers from Dalit and tribal backgrounds will be connecting with Indigenous writers at the Library at the Dock in Melbourne, Victoria.

You are invited to join this program of lectures, panels, moderated sessions and performances, which is free to attend, but requires registration. The event presents an incredible opportunity to gain insight into the long-term and deep-impact of literary exchanges between two of the world’s oldest living cultures.

While writers such as Lionel Fogarty, Ali Cobby Eckermann and Tony Birch will be familiar to many Australian-based readers, the calibre of writers such as Devanoora Mahadeva (a leading voice in Dalit literature since the 1970s) or the inspirational P Sivakami only to the adds to the appeal of this event for writers, readers and those interested in the literary connections between two global cultures. We would encourage you to check out the entire program here and offer our thanks to the Monash Asia Institute and Monash Indigenous Centre at Monash University for their leadership in bringing this program together. The project is supported by Melbourne’s UNESCO City of Literature, the City of Melbourne and the National Organising Committee for Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (Sydney 2013).

Flyer image credit: The Ten Mahavidyas, Siva and Sakti, with Serpent Coiled Shri Yantra by Toyin Adepoju, via Creative Commons



Author: Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and community radio broadcaster. Eleanor Jackson is a former Editor in Chief and Poetry Editor of Peril and currently Chair of the Board.

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