RWF event – Public Lecture & Readings 13 June


Reading Writing Futures at Deakin University and the English and Theatre Studies program at the University of Melbourne are proud to support the following events:


Public Lecture: Keston Sutherland, “Capital’s Dithyramb”

Trades Hall, Balit-Mil Room
13th June, 3pm
54 Victoria Street, Carlton

Poet and Marxist scholar, Keston Sutherland is a leading figure in English radical writing today. His poetry is a dazzling critique of the relations of capital. These relations are turned “inside out” while he explores “how we can live together in a more profoundly generous way”. A Professor of Poetics at the University of Sussex, Sutherland is the author of Sherzo Benjyosos (2020), Poetics Works 1999-2015 (2015), The Odes to TL61P (2013), and Stupefaction: A Radical Anatomy of Phantoms (2011), among others. He was the editor of the poetics and critical theory journal QUID and co-editor, with Andrea Brady, of Barque Press.

Free event:


Crystal Palace & Courtyard
13th June, 6pm for 6.30pm start
743-745 Nicholson Street, Carlton North
(on the 96 tram line)

Keston Sutherland
Evelyn Araluen
Alice Bellette
Justin Clemens
Abigail Fisher
Elena Gomez

MC: Ann Vickery

Winner of the 2022 Stella Prize, Evelyn Araluen’s Dropbear was described in The Guardian as “a stunning scalpel wielding through Australian myths.” Goorie-Koori but Dharug born, Evelyn is co-editor of Overland and a lecturer in Writing and Literature at Deakin University.

Proud Palawa descendant, Alice Bellette is a poet, zine maker, podcaster of “Welcome?”, and avid knitter. Her writing has been published in Cordite Poetry Review, Australian Poetry Journal, and Griffith Review. She is completing a PhD in literary studies at Deakin University.

Justin Clemens is the author of A Foul Wind (2023) and co-author of Barron Field in New South Wales (2023). Previous poetry collections include Villain (2009) and The Mundiad (2004). Declaring recently that “Philosophy will ruin your life” (Arena 2022), he nevertheless continues to tread the interstices between poetry, psychology and philosophy. He is Associate Professor in English at the University of Melbourne.

Abigail Fisher’s poetry has been published in Cordite Poetry Review, Overland, and other places. A brilliant introduction to her work is “A un poema acerca del agua” in Text (2020). She is currently undertaking a PhD in literary studies at the University of Melbourne.

Elena Gomez is the author of Admit the Joyous Passion of Revolt (2020) and Body of Work (2018), as well as chapbooks and pamphlets, such as Crushed Silk (2020). She is currently undertaking a PhD on Marxist ecopoetics at the University of Melbourne.