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Poetry and the Archive

Join Manisha Anjali in this full day course about poetry and the archive.

Configuring the poet as a historian, this workshop examines the relationship between poetry and the archive. Whether we are exploring colonial documents, prison field recordings, war photographs, letters or family heirlooms, creative archival research is an important process for the poet, often with radical and political illuminations. Poetic language and cultural memory intersect to create new historical documents, which facilitate provoking dialogue between the past and present. How can we responsibly research and work with historical documentation? How do we interrogate silences in the archive, as we consider historical power dynamics – who is in the story, who records it, and how?


  • When: Saturday 2 September 2023, 10am-4pm
  • Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
  • With: Manisha Anjali

About the Tutor

Manisha has a thoughtful expression as she stands sideways with her face turned toward the camera

Manisha Anjali is a writer and artist. She is the author of Naag Mountain (Giramondo 2023). Manisha is the founder of Neptune, a research and documentation platform for dreams, visions and hallucinations. Manisha has been a recipient of BLINDSIDE’s Regional Arts & Research Residency at Mooramong, a Writer-in-Residence at Incendium Radical Library and a Hot Desk Fellow at The Wheeler Centre.  

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