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Poetry: The Purpose of Voice

What is the cathartic attraction of storytelling? Using the ideology of haiga, poet and author Ali Cobby Eckermann will take you on a journey to weave imagery and words to forge statements to reiterate our truths.

'Haiga is a style of Japanese painting that incorporates the aesthetics of haikai. Haiga are typically painted by haiku poets, and often accompanied by a haiku poem. Like the poetic form it accompanied, haiga was based on simple, yet often profound, observations of the everyday world.'

Please bring at least three images from your past or images that have moved you to create your piece for the session.


About Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ali Cobby Eckermann’s first collection little bit long time launched her literary career in 2009. In 2013 Ali toured Ireland as Aust. Poetry Ambassador and won the Kenneth Slessor Prize and Book Of The Year (NSW) for Ruby Moonlight, a massacre verse novel. In 2014 Ali was the inaugural recipient of the Tungkunungka Pintyanthi Fellowship at Adelaide Writers Week, and the first Aboriginal Australian writer to attend the International Writing Program at University of Iowa. In 2017 Ali received a Windham Campbell Award for Poetry from Yale University USA. She was awarded a Literature Fellowship by the Australian Council for the Arts in 2018. In 2019 Ali was awarded a prestigious Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Italy.



This event has a strict cap on numbers due to Covid-19 venue regulations. You must purchase an individual ticket for every person intending to come to the workshop. Unfortunately no exceptions can be made.

*Writers SA will continue to adhere to all government advice related to the pandemic. This means our physical workshop locations could change or move online, if necessary. If health advice changes and alters the delivery of this session, ticket holders will be notified immediately.

—Writers SA members must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you would like to use a workshop credit to book in, please contact [email protected] at least five working days before the workshop commencement date. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!

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—Members of other writing centres in the National Writers Centre Network can access our member discount. Contact [email protected] with your membership number to make your booking.


Price: Writers SA Member $77/Non-member $115

Venue: You will be notified of the venue the week of the event. All Writers SA events are held at accessible inner CBD locations.


  • Starts: November 13th, 2021 1:00 PM
  • Finishes: November 13th, 2021 4:00 PM

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