Povo reality in ‘lucky country’

IS Australia really ‘The Lucky Country’?

A ground-breaking new anthology from the heart of Sydney’s western suburbs, ‘Povo’, will shed light on the conditions of the country’s First Nations, migrant and refugee communities, through the eyes of 37 contributors.
Does this ‘lucky’ myth square up against the true experiences of Indigenous and culturally diverse Australians living in our nation’s most densely populated regions?
Produced by Sweatshop Literacy Movement and through a combination of short stories, poems, articles and street illustrations, ‘Povo’ reveals the true wealth and beauty of Australia’s cultural melting pots.
Among the publication’s many contributors, are storytellers from the Asylum Seekers Centre and emerging writers as well as acclaimed authors, including Forever Tupou, Victor Guan Yi Zhou, Natalia Figueroa Barroso, Meyrnah Khodr, Adrian Mouhajer, Rayann Bekdache, Daniel Nour, Fahad Ali, Nadia Demas, Jenanne Ibrahim, Leila Mansour, Priyanka Bromhead, Helen Nguyen, Yasir Elgamil, Katie Shammas and Phoebe Grainer.
It’s compiled and edited by Indonesian-Australian Bankstown writer, Adam Novaldy Anderson, who said: “Povo’s line-up of diverse writers cut through society’s relentless disparity and division to reveal the humanity that binds us all.
“Intense, enraging and inspiring, these stories remind us that compassion costs nothing.”
The publication also features a collection of stories titled ‘Crumbs’, which was edited by Palestinian-Australian author of ‘Songs for the Dead and the Living’, Sara M. Saleh.
‘Povo’ is available at all good bookstores.