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Poetry book launch: ‘boots’ by Nadia Rhook

4 February @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


UWA Publishing is releasing boots by Nadia Rhook.

All are welcome to UWA Publishing’s home at Love House, where the collection will be launched by Rashida Murphy, with poetry readings from Cassie Lynch and Emily Sun.

Drinks and light refreshments provided. Books will be for sale on the evening.

Please RSVP via eventbrite.


The past lives in every step.

Boots are a symbol and a tool – a heel of feminine desire and a dirt-trodden shoe that cushions feet on paths to power and property, leaving trails of violence and pain. Memories jump and jar in these poems, loosening history from the grip of archives and footnotes to nourish the imagination, freeing me to speak back to my ancestors and the European men who co-created the edifices of 19th Century colonisation. boots looks in mirrors and across seas to dream big. At its restless heart, it draws history closer to my body.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nadia Rhook is a white settler historian, educator, and poet, interested in the histories and geographies of colonisation, language, and belonging. Born on Kulin land, in Melbourne, she currently lectures colonial and Indigenous history at the University of Western Australia, on Whadjuk Noongar boodja. Her research is much inspired by her background in teaching English in Australia and Vietnam, and she’s curated the heritage exhibition ‘Moving Tongues: language and migration in 1890s Melbourne’ and designed and delivered the walking tour ‘Migration Melbourne’. Her poetry has appeared in various journals including Peril Magazine, Cordite, Mascara Review, The Enchanting Voices Literary Review and Westerly.


4 February
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Love House
28 Broadway, Crawley
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