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Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright - foto Vincent Long
Alexis Wright - foto Vincent Long

(Australia, 1950), is an activist and author of the internationally succesful, award-winning novels Plains of Promise (1997), Carpentaria (2006) and The Swan Book (2013). She also published three works of non-fiction: Grog War (1997), a study about how an Aboriginal community self-organizes against alcohol abuse; Take Power Like This Old Man Here (1998), an oral history of the Aboriginal land-rights battle; and Tracker (2017), a collective storytelling tribute to Tracker Tilmouth, advocate and activist for the legal and economic advancement of Aboriginal people. Wright is a member of the Waanyi Nation in the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria, which declared independence in 2020.

(WN2021)

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  • Slow Winternachten festival februari & maart 2021

    Writing Climate (In)justice - #StillWeRise

    With: Alexis Wright, Leena Norms, Sanam Sheriff

    More and more authors are giving the climate and the climate crisis a prominent role in their work. Think of the recent novels of Eva Meijer, Margaret Atwood and Richard Powers, for example. Few, however, dare to address the subject of climate inequality or climate racism.

    1:50 - Alexis Wright (Australia), interview.
    32:55 - Chihiro Geuzebroek (Netherlands), spoken word.
    38:09 - Benjamin Fro (Netherlands), spoken word.
    41:47 - Sanam Sheriff (US), video reading.
    47:28 - Leena Norms (UK), spoken word.
    50:18 - Chihiro Geuzebroek / Benjamin Fro (Netherlands), interview.
    1:03:11 - Sanam Sheriff (US), interview.
    1:10:38 - Leena Norms (UK), interview.
    1:20:34 - Benjamin Fro (Netherlands), song performance.

    All too often, you hear the expression, "we're all in the same boat". We are indeed all caught up in the same rough seas of the climate crisis. But social-economic status, skin colour and geographic location determine whether one weathers the storm aboard a luxury cruise liner or a leaky raft. It is the opinion of programme maker Joëlle Koorneef that it's up to us to use all our literary capabilities to put this on the agenda.

    The novel The Swan Book (2013) by Aboriginal author Alexis Wright takes place in a future world destroyed by extreme climate change. Due to drought, forest fires and dying coral reefs, Australia is a forerunner in experiencing the effects of the climate crisis. In Wright's work, the continent is an almost dystopian literary setting in which injustices continue to multiply.

    Fiep van Bodegom, a writer, translator and editor with literary magazine De Gids, talked with Wright about the value of literature in the context of the climate crisis and the position of the writer to spur (climate) activism.

    We provided fragments of Wright's work - distinguished by its raw, living language - to spoken-word artists and poets to use the power of their words to make this subject comprehensible in every way. Live from the Theater aan het Spui, these included the rebellious and deeply engaged word, rap and music artist Benjamin Fro and the filmmaker, performer and activist Chihiro Geuzebroek. There were also impressive video contributions by British poet, YouTube star and literary video essayist Leena Norms and the Indian poet and word artist Sanam Sheriff.

    With Van Bodegom, they discussed how they shape their artistry as well as a desire for a more just world. Is it a balancing act, or is it the only way they can profess their artistry?

    The Winternachten International Literature Festival signaled that a new generation is now rising up that doesn't view art and activism as opposing poles but operates fluidly between them. During the festival we encouraged giving this movement a voice and sharing sources of inspiration in a dedicated Facebook group.

    Read here the contributions written for this programme on request of the Winternachten international literature festival The Hague:


    (Find the Dutch-language versions here/Lees hier de Nederlandstalige versies)

    Learn more here:


    Fiep van Bodegom
    Onpeilbaar - Over natuur, land en eigendom, essay, 2020, Mister Motley

    Benjamin Fro
    website
    YouTube Music

    Chihiro Geuzebroek
    website
    Instagram

    Joëlle Koorneef
    Instagram

    Leena Norms
    YouTube
    Instagram

    Sanam Sheriff
    website
    Instagram

    Alexis Wright
    Publisher Giramondo's webpage on Wright's bokks and videos

  • Winternachten 2021

    #StillWeRise: Writing Climate (In)justice

    With: Alexis Wright, Benjamin Fro, Chihiro Geuzebroek, Fiep van Bodegom, Leena Norms, Sanam Sheriff

    More and more authors are giving the climate and the climate crisis a prominent role in their work. Think of the recent novels of Eva Meijer, Margaret Atwood and Richard Powers, for example. Few, however, dare to address the subject of climate inequality or climate racism.

    All too often, you hear the expression, "we're all in the same boat". We are indeed all caught up in the same rough seas of the climate crisis. But social-economic status, skin colour and geographic location determine whether one weathers the storm aboard a luxury cruise liner or a leaky raft. It is the opinion of programme maker Joëlle Koorneef that it's up to us to use all our literary capabilities to put this on the agenda.

    The novel The Swan Book (2013) by Aboriginal author Alexis Wright takes place in a future world destroyed by extreme climate change. Due to drought, forest fires and dying coral reefs, Australia is a forerunner in experiencing the effects of the climate crisis. In Wright's work, the continent is an almost dystopian literary setting in which injustices continue to multiply.

    Fiep van Bodegom, a writer, translator and editor with literary magazine De Gids, talked with Wright about the value of literature in the context of the climate crisis and the position of the writer to spur (climate) activism.

    We provided fragments of Wright's work - distinguished by its raw, living language - to spoken-word artists and poets to use the power of their words to make this subject comprehensible in every way. Live from the Theater aan het Spui, these included the rebellious and deeply engaged word, rap and music artist Benjamin Fro and the filmmaker, performer and activist Chihiro Geuzebroek. There were also impressive video contributions by British poet, YouTube star and literary video essayist Leena Norms and the Indian poet and word artist Sanam Sheriff.

    With Van Bodegom, they discussed how they shape their artistry as well as a desire for a more just world. Is it a balancing act, or is it the only way they can profess their artistry?

    The Winternachten International Literature Festival signaled that a new generation is now rising up that doesn't view art and activism as opposing poles but operates fluidly between them. During the festival we encouraged giving this movement a voice and sharing sources of inspiration in the dedicated Facebook group we openend on 7 January.

    Read here the contributions written for this programme on request of the Winternachten international literature festival The Hague:


    (Find the Dutch-language versions here/Lees hier de Nederlandstalige versies)

    Learn more here:


    Fiep van Bodegom
    Onpeilbaar - Over natuur, land en eigendom, essay, 2020, Mister Motley

    Benjamin Fro
    website
    YouTube Music

    Chihiro Geuzebroek
    website
    Instagram

    Joëlle Koorneef
    Instagram

    Leena Norms
    YouTube
    Instagram

    Sanam Sheriff
    website
    Instagram

    Alexis Wright
    Publisher Giramondo's webpage on Wright's bokks and videos