In our final Border Crossings session of this festival, we feature two poets who have themselves moved across borders. Michelle Cahill is an Australian-based poet, originally born in Kenya. This award-winning writer has published a number of collections, most recently The Herring Lass, which explores human and animal migrations and recognises the violence, dispossession and loss which these can bring. She’ll be reading alongside the US-American writer Tess Taylor, who’s completing a residency as a Fullbright Scholar at the Seamus Heaney Centre in Belfast. Her collection The Forage House bears witness to her family’s history of slave-owning in Virginia, their missionary zeal in India, and their displacement to California.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.