Nam Le

Nam Le is a Vietnamese-born Australian writer, whose award winning works in fiction, poetry, essay, stage and screenplays have connected with a global audience. His most recent work, ‘36 WAYS OF WRITING A VIETNAMESE POEM’, contends with personal and political challenges around identity tied to his experience as a refugee.

Nam’s debut novel ‘THE BOAT’, a collection of short stories, was received with wide critical acclaim in its seven varied but nuanced portrayals of life as a human around the world. Nam also lectures across Australia at universities and schools, and offers mentorship to other writers.

Steven Oliver is a descendant of the Kuku-Yalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalung and Biripi peoples. He rose to prominence with ABC’s ‘Black Comedy’, with other TV credits including ‘Faboriginal’ and ‘Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky’. Steven’s poetry is published in national and international poetry journals such as Ora Nui, Australian Poetry Journal, Solid Air, and Admissions. Steven has also hosted Sydney Mardi Gras for the ABC, toured with his own cabaret show, and performed from the Sydney Opera House to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Steven will share CARRY ALL MY HURT AWAY, a poem about the challenges of being in the public spotlight and the resulting impacts on mental health.