In-Conversation with Jessica Alice

Join us for the Adelaide book launch of KILLERNOVA - a collection of poetry and wood cuts that burns blindingly bright, created by Visual Artist, Poet and Author, Omar Musa.

The island of Borneo was once the most heavily wooded in the world, and its people have always carved wood beautifully. In KILLERNOVA, grappling with his heritage, Omar Musa remixes this ancient art form with fiery poetry forged in the stars.

With equal parts swagger, humour and vulnerability, Musa charts a journey through the colonial history of South-East Asia, environmental destruction, oceans, bushfires, race in Australia, the isolation and addiction of COVID lockdown, family, lost love and, ultimately, recovery. Relentlessly on beat, visually captivating and deceptively intimate, this is a collection of words and art that burns blindingly bright.

Omar Musa will be in conversation with Jessica Alice, Director of Writers SA.

Click HERE to purchase a copy of Omar's book Killernova from Matilda Bookshop's website and choose Hawke Centre Events Free S.A. Postage as the delivery option. They will then deliver or post your book to S.A. addresses at no additional cost or it can be collected at the event on the night.

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre 



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Thursday 7 April 2022

Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke Building,
UniSA City West Campus,
55 North Terrace Adelaide MAP

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omar musa

Omar Musa is a Bornean-Australian author, visual artist and poet from Queanbeyan, Australia. He has released four poetry books (including Killernova), four hip-hop records, and received a standing ovation at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House. His debut novel “Here Come the Dogs” was long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award and Miles Franklin Award and he was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year in 2015. His one-man play, “Since Ali Died”, won Best Cabaret Show at the Sydney Theatre Awards in 2018. He has had several solo exhibitions of his woodcut prints.

Omar Musa: Fuck / Batman

Image, Omar Musa, photographer: Cole Bennetts


jessica alice

Jessica Alice is a poet, critic, broadcaster and artistic director/CEO from Melbourne’s west living on Kaurna Yarta in Adelaide, South Australia.

Jessica is the Director of Writers SA, the peak organisation for writing and literature in South Australia, and Chair of the Arts Industry Council of South Australia, the state’s independent, sector wide representative arts body.

Jessica’s poetry, commentary, and criticism is published in The Guardian Australia, Metro Magazine, Overland, VICE, The Lifted Brow, Cordite Poetry Review, and Australian Poetry Journal, among others. She has contributed art essays to exhibitions at BLINDSIDE gallery, Mailbox Art Space, MOD., and ACE Open.

Jessica Alice: website
Twitter: @jessica_alice_

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