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Yarabih barehbanu

make music
from the land
sing in dreams

~ Ellen van Neerven from ‘Gibam Garandalehn (Full Moon)Poetry In First Languages

Guwayu – For All Times is a collection of First Nations poems commissioned by Red Room Poetry over the past 16 years. The collection is edited by Wiradjuri poet, Dr Jeanine Leane, produced by Red Room Poetry and published by Magabala Books.

Launching in August 2020. Guwayu – For All Times features 63 poems from 36 First Nations poets in 12 First Nations languages, including works by Ali Cobby Eckermann, Bruce Pascoe, Ellen Van Neerven, Lorna Munro, Paul Collis, Lionel Fogarty and many more.

Guwayu – For All Times brings to light Red Room Poetry's commitment to champion First Nations voices.



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And many other good bookshops


Coming up

Guwayu poets @ Sydney Writers Festival | Thursday 29 April 2021

Come down to Carriageworks at 4pm Thursday 29 April to hear from featured Guwayu contributors including Kirli Saunders, Ellen van Neerven, Nardi Simpson and Joel Davison, in conversation with Daniel Browning (ABC Radio National Awaye!). Held as part of Sydney Writers' Festival 2021.

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Launching Guwayu — For All Times | Tuesday 28 July 2020

Guwayu – For All Times was live-streamed launched with Jeanine LeaneKirli Saunders and Anne-Marie Te Whiu, with special readings from contributing poets from the collection – Bruce Dawe, Adrian Webster and Lyndsay Urqhart. Co-presented with Melbourne Spoken Word.

Deadly Editors: Talking First Nation Anthologies | Sunday 2 August 2020

Three of Australia's leading First Nations editors, Jeanine LeaneAlison Whittaker, and Ellen van Neerven come together to yarn about all things literature, as part of the Red Dirt Poetry Festival 2020.
Watch the replay >


Poets in Conversation on Instagram Live | Tuesday 3 – Friday 7 August, 2020

For one jam-packed week in August, @Blackfulla_Bookclub's Instagram played host to Guwayu poets, Nardi Simpson, Claire G Coleman, Kirli Saunders, Yvette Holt and Nicole Smede for some special conversations and readings. 



This collection extends the ancient and continuing cultural practice of weaving to words. In Guwayu, the page becomes the vessel – the crafted object that carries culture. The making and crafting of each vessel embeds the maker(s) into its final shape and form – its body. The poems in this collection are baskets and nets of the page. Together they are an exquisite vessel of twenty-first century, living Aboriginal culture.

Sydney Review of Books
'The Australian literary landscape needs this bold, brave intervention to wake it up from the 232-year slumber and the dream of the settler mythscape. Guwayu breaks the silence—feel the beauty—hear our words.'

Dr Jeanine Leane
'...within these pages you will read some of the best and most exciting artists writing in Australia today. Their offerings are provocative and generous, and we, the readers and listeners, are fortunate to be in their presence.'

 ~ Tony Birch, award-winning author, activist, academic



Media Release (August 2020)

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