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Thu, 26 Sept


Better Read Than Dead

rock flight Launch: Hasib Hourani in-conversation with Andrew Brooks

Join us with Hasib Hourani to celebrate the release of his highly anticipated debut, rock flight! Hasib will be joined by Andrew Brooks.

rock flight Launch: Hasib Hourani in-conversation with Andrew Brooks
rock flight Launch: Hasib Hourani in-conversation with Andrew Brooks

Time & Location

26 Sept 2024, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia


About The Event

Released in September by Giramondo, rock flight is a book-length poem that, over five chapters, follows a personal and historical narrative to compose an understated yet powerful allegory of Palestine’s occupation.

Join Hasib Hourani and Andrew Brooks for a poetry reading, in-conversation and book signing to celebrate its launch. 

Here is a poetry of passion; a poetry of necessity; a poetry of survival, and a poetry-triumphant. — Maxine Beneba Clarke

rock flight is a work of timelessness, rigour, precision, relationality and guts – just like its poet. A must-read for all of us who yearn and stretch and reach for a world beyond colonies, and an even more urgent read for those who don’t. — Alison Whittaker

Hasib Hourani is a Lebanese-Palestinian writer, editor editor, arts worker and educator living on Wangal Country in Sydney. His work has been published in Meanjin, Overland, Australian Poetry and Cordite, among others. He is a 2020 recipient of The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter Scheme and his 2021 essay, ‘when we blink’ was shortlisted for The LIMINAL & Pantera Press Nonfiction prize and published in their 2022 anthology, Against Disappearance. rock flight is his first book.

Andrew Brooks is a Lecturer in the School of Arts & Media, UNSW, a co-director of the UNSW Media Futures Hub, a founding member of the Infrastructural Inequalities research network, a co-editor of the publishing collective Rosa Press. With Astrid Lorange, he is one half of the critical art collective Snack Syndicate. He is the author of the poetry collection Inferno (Rosa, 2021) and the co-author (with Lorange) of the essay collection Homework (Discipline, 2021).


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    Includes a discounted ticket and copy of rock flight




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