Adelaide Writers’ Week features an extraordinary array of international poets. From Man Booker Prize winner Ben Okri, to one of Australia’s most celebrated poets David Malouf, alongside a nominee for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry – Fiona Wright; they are joined by Icelandic "poetician" Birgitta Jónsdóttir and spoken word firebrand Joelle Taylor to share readings of their chosen poems.
Fiona Wright supported by the Prime Minister’s Literary Award
Birgitta Jónsdóttir is an Icelandic politician, anarchist, poet, and activist.
David Malouf ‘s award-winning writings include poetry, novels and short stories, essays, opera librettos and a play, and have been widely translated. In 2000 he was the sixteenth Neustadt Laureate.
Ben Okri is an author, poet and Man Booker Prize winner for The Famished Road. His work has been translated into 27 languages and won numerous international prizes. His most recent book is The Freedom Artist.
Joelle Taylor is a poet, spoken word artist, playwright and novelist. She is a former UK slam champion and founder and artistic director of the Poetry Society’s national solo youth slam SLAMbassadors UK.
Fiona Wright is a poet, writer, editor and critic. Her book of essays, Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger, was widely acclaimed and won the Kibble Award and Queensland Literary Award. Her most recent poetry collection, Domestic Interior, was shortlisted for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry.