QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL

http://scenestr.com.au/arts/queensland-poetry-festival-judith-wright-centre-review-20170903 a link to a review about QPF that includes Writing Through Fences.

WRITING THROUGH FENCES at the Queensland Poetry Festival 2017

We acknowledge that our voices, and some of us, are travelling to Yugerra Yugembul country, having passed through various other countries in this continent and world. We acknowledge your ongoing cultures and languages and offer out respect to all your peoples, Elders past, present and future.

This beautiful art work which will feature throughout our various events is by Mahmoud Salameh.  Thank you again for your constant support and inspiration Mahmoud.

 

art work, Same Moon by Mahmoud Salameh

Through The Moon – Saturday 26th August 2017
1pm – 2pm
BEMAC Level 1 102 Main St Kangaroo Point

with Juan Garido Salgado, Hani Abdile, Ahmad Aeinjamshid, Ahlam Moahamed, Ibtisam Ahmed,  Jenell Quinsee, Nick Theodoropoulos,

AND

Farhad Bandesh, Kaveh, Maria, Kazem, Boush, Abdi, Areqou, Lilla, Jajee, Sajjad, Farhad, Rajan, Sri, Moh, Rahman, Sabaa, Milad, A., Iqbal, Ali, Mohammad, Janet

Through the Moon is a weaving of poetry, words, conversations,  song and music from members of Writing Through Fences – including those who are held hostage in off-shore and on-shore prison camps, and in limbo in Indonesia and in community in Australia.  Here we find resistance and the affirmation of life through creation and relationship.

Poetry and Displacement Panel – Saturday 26th August 2017
2:30pm-3:30pm BEMAC

Members of Writing Through Fences will speak a little of poetry and displacement and then invite questions from the audience.

Please be mindful of your questions. We are here to present and speak about our work. We hope you will respect us and limit your questioning to the relevant topics rather than our private lives.

WRITING THROUGH FENCES VIDEO POEMS/SHORT FILMS
11:30am-12:00pm
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art – IMA Screening Room, 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley

AN INVITATION: We hope you watch and listen deeply – as you would with any encounter with any artist or art work – and, importantly, that you listen with a desire to listen openly, not for what you expect but to allow yourself to be absorbed, slashed, challenged by something other than what you expect.

1. Moz from Manus: Rap with video clip: ‘All the same’ with Artists Against Detention

2. Aziz (check out his collaborative award winning podcast ‘The Messenger’) with Michael Green and Behind The Wire
‘Daily Dreams’written and spoken by Abdul Aziz Muhammat (Manus Island) recorded and produced by Michael Green, Through The Wire.

3.’ Who I am’ written and performed by Hani Abdile recorded and produced by Christopher Miles

4. ‘Writing Through Fences’ for ABC by Jane Curtis

5. 11pm , 11 December 2015, Australia’s black site on Nauru
‘Violence against women is one of the great shames of Australia’
PM Turnbull March 8, 2016 written by Maya (psuedonym) and Janet Galbraith. Production by Hannah Patchett

6. ‘We need you’, written and spoken by Ibtisam Ahmed, art work by Iqbal. Production: Jane Curtis

‘Resisting Silence: Poetry and stories from Australia’s political prisoners’. An Empty Chair Sound installation. Sunday 27th August, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art 
From four years on bunk beds in Manus refugee detention prison camp, the streets and detention camps of Indonesia and Malaysia, the prison camps on Nauru, in Brisbane and Melbourne, men, women and children have storied and mapped some of the most intimate impacts of nation building in Australia, nation building that occurs on their bodies.
1. I am 67 years old
Thank you to Farhad Shah who worked closely with a woman from Burma to write down her story as she requested and send to Writing Through Fences. The woman’s story is voiced by Janet Galbraith.
2. Lina – Friendship.  Thank you to Michael Green and Through The Wire for recording and production.
3. Imran Mohammed – Four years in a bunk bed. Recorded by Imran Mohammed.  Production by Rose Ertler.
4. Amir Taghinia – Multilingual Negotiations. Recorded by Amir Taghinia. Production by Rose Ertler.

 

Some of WTF members have been invited to read from Writing to the Wire Sun 27 Aug 5pm Judith Wright Shopfront, free

Hani Abdile has been invited to read at Voices of Colour Multilingual Slam Sunday 27 Aug Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art

Janet Galbraith will be reading (via distance) at The Day is Here: Poetry + Spoken Word Sat 26 Aug 4-5pm Judith Wright Screening Room, free

If you were not able to pick up a copy of  I Will Rise or Our Beautiful Voices at the event, you can buy on line at the Shop

What we are up to

SYDNEY WRITERS FESTIVAL

Hani Abdille

Kaveh Arya

Amjad Hussain

Eunice Andrada

Writing Through Fences – Sydney Writers’ Festival 2017 @ Sydney Dance 1
Event Date: Thursday 25 May 2017
Starting at 11:30 AM
Place:Sydney Dance 1
Sydney, NSW

‘Go beyond the political rhetoric of detention centres and ‘boat people’ and learn more about the real life adventures of people who now call Australia home. Featuring three performances and a discussion from those who have first-hand experience of seeking asylum in Australia; Hani Abdile, Kaveh Arya, Amjad Hussain and moderator Eunice Andrada, will share powerful stories and poems told with passion and vulnerability’ – Word Travels.

https://www.facebook.com/events/207483293081924/

http://www.liveguide.com.au/Events/1404361/Artists/Writing_Through_Fences_Sydney_Writers_Festival_2017

Hani Abdille (and others) will also be appearing at the Sydney Writers Festival as part of Transforming My Country and They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories From Detention.

Hani Abdile is a writer and spoken word poet who fled the civil war in Somalia. She made her way to Australia by boat and spent 11 months on Christmas Island. While detained, Hani found healing in writing poetry. She is an honorary member of PEN, a lead writer for the Writing Through Fences group, and has received numerous awards for her community work and many achievements since being released from immigration detention. Her first book I Will Rise was published in 2016 to critical acclaim.

Appearing at:
WRITING THROUGH FENCES
TRANSFORMING MY COUNTRY
THEY CANNOT TAKE THE SKY: STORIES FROM DETENTION

https://www.swf.org.au/authors/hani-abdile/

I will rise

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MELBOURNE LAUNCH : 2pm – 5pm, Sunday January 8, 2017 with Girls on Key OPEN STUDIO 204 High St, Northcote.

From the poet/author Hani Abdile

People often ask me why do I write? What they don’t know is that I wasn’t a writer or a poet until moments of suffering made me a writer.

I was sitting in a place where there was only a fence and hapless humans. My pen and paper were bright flashes that lit up my steps.  I had no hope other than writing poetry and turning what I wrote into reality.

When everything else in your life is dictated by others, writing become enjoyable. It is not forced. It is a weapon against stress and despair.

For me it was a way of healing and relief. At first it was just a personal thing that I didn’t want to share with anyone because i was afraid of people discovering my weakness.  One day when my eyes were bleeding tears and pain was knocking me away, everything I was feeling came out on the table. I posted a poem on Facebook called Freedom for Education and a remarkable human being sent me a message saying ‘are you a poet?’  I didn’t understand the meaning of the word poet so I googled it. I answered no but Janet didn’t give up on me. We started working together. I kept writing.

I joined Writing Through Fences. It was amazing how welcome I felt thereWe all come from different races and religions. I started to rise and build my talent. I was no longer afraid of my weakness because in Writing Through Fences we had something in common.  Everyone was going through hardships of life in different ways and writing the pain was our secret doctor.  Now these people are not only fellow members but family and everlasting friends.

I Will Rise shows my development as a writer. It means a lot to me and the people who are by my side through this journey.

From Miles Merril of Word Travels:

Hani is an incredibly brave writer. This book is a cathartic journey, purging her hardships through the creation of beauty. Hani throughout the pain of her experiences has kept hope and joy alive through her poetry. From Somalia to Christmas Island detention to Sydney, the theme of Hani’s challenging life has been and still is ‘I Will Rise’.  The poems are full of passion, emotion and intellectual depth.  The kind of passion that tears at the reader/listener and forces us to question out won role in keeping prolific artists like this locked away from Australian shores.  The richness of her language and the vividness of her imagery signals the beginnings of a great writer. Keep watching this poet.

From Abdi Aden author of The Shining Boy.

I Will Rise is an amazing collection of poetry and prose that dates back years.  Hani’s work shines.  The stories are full of struggles and warmth of belonging.  Hani is able to reflect the absolute angst of being a refugee. I was able to identify myself in her so stories however also gained insights into the plight of others. Without a doubt Hani is a true talent.

From Dr Karen Zwi : Australian Human Rights Commission Inquiry into the impact of detention on children.

I first met Hani when she was detained on Christmas Island as an “unacompanied minor” as part of Australia’s policy of mandatory, indefinite detention of asylum seekers arriving by boat. I was visiting as part of the Australian Human Rights Commission Inquiry  into the impact of detention on children.  Hani lit up the room with her smile, her aspirations and her wisdom, even though she and her fellow detainees were locked in a grim and hopeless situation.

Through her remarkable gift of connecting deeply with people, we stayed in contact as she remained detained and reached a point of life-threatening despair and as she was released and began to “rise”.  Hani has a “positive soul that gives hope to others”. I have been truly humbled by her strength of character, her intense motivation to learn and explore, her engagement with poetry, photography, hospitality and almost anything else she encounters, and her commitment and kindness to all the people she meets along the way.  She has made her way into my heart like no one else I have ever met and her powerful poetry, the “weapon against [her] stress”, will allow her readers that privilege too.

About Hani Abdile

Hani Abdile is a poet, writer, photographer, student and author/poet of I WILL RISE.  Hani touches everyone she comes in contact with.  Her first collection of poetry and prose has finally been released by Writing Through Fences.  Her work offers many the opportunity to experience some of Hani’s spirit, wonder and strength as well as her commitment to justice and life.  She speaks the sufferings and joys that few are able to. 

Hani says : “My pen and paper were bright flashes that lit up my steps.  I had no hope other than writing poetry and turning what I wrote into reality”.  I WILL RISE reflects Hani’s tenacity, her dedication to writing and her creative approach to all that life has brought.

Hani began writing in 2013 whilst incarcerated in immigration detention on Christmas Island.  Over the three years she has learned to read and write English, has written the collection I Will Rise, has completed 2 years of schooling, become a regular and celebrated spoken word poet in the Sydney scene, has inspired and guided many other writers in similar situations to herself, has spoken publicly and worked on committees to further the rights of children who are seeking asylum in Australia.

Hani is an honorary member of PEN, a lead writer for Writing Through Fences, and has received various awards for her community work and many achievements since being released from immigration detention.

Writing Through Fences are so proud to be associated with her.  Hani is a treasured friend and part of our family.  We all wish you well with this wonderful achievement dear sister.

I Will Rise is published by Writing Through Fences and can be purchased through the website writingthroughfences.org

If you are interested in promoting this book or hosting a launch please contact us at fenceswritingthrough@gmail.com  and cc to galbraithjanet3@gmail.com

I Will Rise – Tasmanian Book Launch

Hani is an incredibly brave writer. This book is a cathartic journey, purging her hardships through the creation of beauty. Hani throughout the pain of her experiences has kept hope and joy alive through her poetry. From Somalia to Christmas Island detention to Sydney, the theme of Hani’s challenging life has been and still is ‘I Will Rise’. The poems are full of passion, emotion and intellectual depth. The kind of passion that tears at the reader/listener and forces us to question out won role in keeping prolific artists like this locked away from Australian shores. The richness of her language and the vividness of her imagery signals the beginnings of a great writer. Keep watching this poet.

– Miles Merril, Word Travels.

I Will Rise was written between 2013 and 2016. Hani says: “My pen and paper were bright flashes that lit up my steps. I had no hope other than writing poetry and turning what I wrote into reality”. This she did. I Will Rise reflects Hani’s tenacity and determination, her dedication to writing and her creative approach to all that life has brought.

A huge thank you to Anna Forsyth of Best Light Communications for all her work which went beyond what many would offer.

If you wish to publicise or organise an event in relation to I Will Rise, please contact us at Writing Through Fences fenceswritingthrough@gmail.com and remember to cc. your email to Janet Galbraith at galbraithjanet3@gmail.com to make sure we get it.

TASMANIAN LAUNCH

I WILL RISE by Hani Abdile will be launched in Hobart from 5.30pm on Friday 16th December 2016.

Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square, Hobart, Tasmania.

“Hani Abdile is a Somali asylum seeker who came to Australia by boat when she was only 17 years old. Her poetry speaks of experiences most of us could not bear to live through, yet with a courage and passion that defies her circumstances. Hani is based in Sydney, but we are lucky to have her in Hobart for the launch of her extraordinary new book” – Emily Conolan

For further details:

https://web.facebook.com/events/257999944614562/?active_tab=about

From Hell to Hell

This February the Refugee Rights Action Network WA (RRAN) will host the launch of Ravi’s first collection of writing and poems titled ‘From Hell to Hell’. 

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When:  6pm, Friday, 5th February.

Where: Centre for Stories, 100 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, WA.

All welcome.

‘It is rare to hear first-hand accounts from inside Australia’s detention centres. It is particularly rare to hear any stories from within Australian-run offshore detention centres. The small amount we do hear comes from whistleblowers breaching contracts and deeds of confidentiality to speak out. Almost never do we hear from the people detained inside our centres. Ravi is one man willing to speak about what happened to him.

After travelling to Australia from Sri Lanka by boat, Ravi was detained in Nauru Regional Processing Centre and Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation for over three years. He is now living in the community and has published a collection of his poems written from within our detention centre system’. –  Mark Isaacs

In the introduction to this collection, Ravi writes of artmaking and writing becoming tools to endure the suffering and despair he lived through during the 3 years of detention in what he calls ‘human dumping grounds’.  He explains that he had not written prior to being imprisoned in our black site on Nauru however he found and continues to find this a form not only of survival but expression and resistance.  I suggest too that we read this collection as an art form in and of itself.

Ravi has launched his book in Melbourne and Sydney.

Ravi is a member of Writing Through Fences and this collection is published by us.

Writing through Fences: A Cosy Soiree of Spoken Word & Music

Open Studio Soiree 9 Dec 2015: fundraiser for Writing Through Fences

Writing Through Fences invites you to a cosy soiree of spoken word and music featuring a star-studded line up.

Wednesday 9 December at Open Studio, 204 High Street, Northcote, Melbourne.

$10 entry. A fundraiser for Writing Through Fences.

Spoken word by:
HANI ABDILE
ABE NOUK
ARAD NIK

And music with:
MORGANICS
ROTARY HOES
ROSE TURTLE ERTLER
BLACK ORCHID STRINGBAND (West Papua)

Hosted by JANET GALBRAITH

Writing Through Fences: A Gallery of Art and Words

This exhibition was shown at the Kyneton Town Hall alongside the Dax Centre’s show and a local show of art work during Mental Health week in 2015.

The poetry and artwork highlighted the effects of indefinite detention and temporary visas on people’s mental health.

Opening Speeches by First Dog on the Moon, Janet Galbraith and Song by Rose Turtle Ertler:

Further info

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153209577653479&set=gm.1027156354001599&type=3&theater

Our Beautiful Names

https://www.facebook.com/events/716772718441575/permalink/716780055107508/

March 15 – 22, 2015
St Mary’s Hall, Castlemaine, Victoria

Our Beautiful Names is an exhibition of visual art work and poetry by people incarcerated in immigration detention.

Within the detention industry people are called by numbers, not names. This exhibition celebrates individual histories, stories and identity. Here, art making is a matter of survival, of resistance and reclamation of self.

We are calling artists who have experienced Australia’s immigration industry – detention camps/prison camps/concentration camps – to submit visual art work and poetry to be considered for this exhibition.