Okka brings poetry to Oz

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INDONESIAN poet Khairani Barokka, known as “Okka”, appears today in a reading session at the School of Music’s Biginelli Espresso. 

“Okka” performs
An Indonesian writer, performer, artist and researcher who was, last year, was the first Indonesian writer in residence at Vermont Studio Center in the US, she is an advocate of spoken word poetry and creative performance in Indonesia and  wants to make the arts more inclusive to Asian people of all abilities.

Okka will be accompanied by Butet Manurung, educator, author and activist, who will present an excerpt from her new book “The Jungle School.”

The Indonesian visitors will be accompanied by readigns from local poets Hal Judge, J. C. Inman, Sandra Renew and Hazel Hall,  all of whom will be well aware that the art of performance poetry in Indonesia has long been well in advance of that in Australia.

Thoughtfully, the organisers advise, “the performance will commence at 12.30 pm, leaving you ample time to watch the Melbourne Cup.”

Khairani Barokka and Butet Manurung, at ANU School of Music’s Biginelli Espresso,  12.30 pm today, Tuesday, November 6.

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