Omar Sakr is an award-winning poet and novelist. His latest collection, Non-Essential Work, confronts issues of gender, race and identity. He explores these concerns with Mike Ladd.
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Omar Sakr is an essayist, editor and author of two acclaimed poetry collections, These Wild Houses and The Lost Arabs. The Lost Arabs won the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, the John Bray Poetry Award, the Judith Wright Calanthe Award, and the Colin Roderick Award. His first novel, Son of Sin, was published to acclaim in 2022. Non-Essential Work is his new collection of poetry.
Mike Ladd is a poet, radio producer and essayist who lives on Kaurna land. He has published nine collections of poetry and prose, the most recent, Invisible Mending from Wakefield Press. Ladd worked for ABC Radio for over 35 years and was the founding producer and editor of Poetica, Radio National's weekly poetry program, which ran from 1997 to 2015, bringing Australian and international poetry to a broad audience.