The Strong Sunflower

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Strength of Women

Welcome to our March 2018 blog (yes we have got it up a bit late!). STRENGTH OF WOMEN     Here we are focusing on the work of two women, artist Miream Salameh and poet Hani Abdile.  You will find short videos of Miream and Hani’s work, links to their websites, an interview with accompanying…Continue Reading

Remembering Reza Barati 2018

(Free Poetry at CASPA Castlemaine) In this our second blog post for 2018 we remember Reza Barati’s life.  And we remember his murder 4 years ago in the Manus Prison. Boush writes of his five years in Indonesia, Kazem sends a poem of love and loss from Manus, longing for home is powerfully written by…Continue Reading


WELCOME TO THE FIRST BLOG FOR 2018 – FEBRUARY We are committed to keeping this blog active throughout 2018 with writing, art, music, interviews, news reports, poetry and updates of what our members are doing throughout the year. Introducing our new WEBSITE ADMINISTRATOR – SAMAD: Samad has joined Writing Through Fences as our website administrator…Continue Reading

Blog Archive

POETRY Hani Abdile is a writer and spoken word poet who fled the civil war in Somalia. She made her way to Australia and was detained on Christmas Island. Hani is an honorary member of PEN, and a lead writer for  Writing Through Fences.  Hani has received numerous awards for her community work and other achievements…Continue Reading

QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL a link to a review about QPF that includes Writing Through Fences. WRITING THROUGH FENCES at the Queensland Poetry Festival 2017 We acknowledge that our voices, and some of us, are travelling to Yugerra Yugembul country, having passed through various other countries in this continent and world. We acknowledge your ongoing cultures and languages and offer…Continue Reading

I will rise

I WILL RISE BY HANI ABDILE MELBOURNE LAUNCH : 2pm – 5pm, Sunday January 8, 2017 with Girls on Key OPEN STUDIO 204 High St, Northcote. From the poet/author Hani Abdile People often ask me why do I write? What they don’t know is that I wasn’t a writer or a poet until moments of…Continue Reading

First Dog on Eaten Fish

Who will cry for the young men?

HIGH COURT 06.02.2016 It has been a hard week for many with the High Court decision coming down largely in favor of the government. Here are some responses from writers in detention. Firstly: Aziz is a writer and human rights defender who has been detained on Manus Island for 31 months. He prefaces the poem…Continue Reading


Welcome to our new Writing Through Fences blog. Here you will find: articles by our contributors and members information about our activities reviews news We will sometimes have a guest blogger and will notify you of that. So go ahead and peruse where we are at so far. This is a space for the voices…Continue Reading