In our Covid-impacted historical moment, ‘Invisible Walls’ redresses a need for cultural and artistic connection. Deploying poetry, letters, and video-conferencing between leading Australian and Korean creative producers, this project materializes and formalizes an emergent network of shared skills, interests, and creative energies.

In 2022, 5 Korean and 5 Australian poets are exchanging translated poems in order to explore cross-cultural dialogue. Our poets are also conversing live in a series of interpreted / moderated Zoom sessions. In 2023, we will augment the project to include an additional 7 poets from each country. At the project’s conclusion, we intend to host an interpreted public webinar and publish the creative work our poets have will produced.

Funding support
Invisible Walls is funded by the Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) and run in partnership between the University of South Australia and Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea. We would like to thank the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, The Australasian Association of Writing Programs, the International Poetry Studies Institute (University of Canberra), Australian Poetry, and UniSA’s CP3 for their ongoing support of this project.

Project Team
Dr Amelia Walker, Prof Dan Disney (Sogang University), A/Prof Sue Joseph, Prof Craig Batty, and Mr Aden Burg

Key contact
Dr Amelia Walker: