"Peace to us collectively ..." / by Torika Bolatagici

L-R: Laila Thaker (Black Shell); Areej Nur (Still Nomads); Inez Trambas (Negro Speaks of Books) and Torika Bolatagici (Community Reading Room).

It was such a joy to chat with these three game changers last Thursday for the Emerging Writers Festival at the State Library of Victoria. As founders of various book/lit-related collectives based in Narrm (Melbourne) we discussed the texts that inspire us, community building, creating spaces for critical consciousness, and finding comfort and strength in reading together. 

These peeps are doing really amazing and inspiring work! It was an absolute pleasure to chair this panel and a huge thanks to Aisha from EWF for curating the session x