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Attend the book launch of "I Will Rise" Writing Through Fences written by Hani Abdile

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DATE: Thursday 16 February 2017

VENUE: The Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Library Laman Street, Newcastle

TIME: 5pm – 7pm

RSVP: By Friday 10 February to Dominique Ryan via or 02 4033 4504

When sending your RSVP please advise Dominique of any dietary or accessibility requirements.

About the Author

Hani Abdile is a writer, poet and advocate from Somalia who now lives in Sydney. She is a lead writer for Writing Through Fences and performs her workthroughout Australia. Her work has been published in literary journals, online and in anthologies. Hani was the recipient of performance art and community leadership awards during Refugee Week in 2015 and 2016 and was awarded a Civics and Citizen Merit Award by the NSW government in 2015. Hani fled Somalia in 2013 and was held in Australia’s immigration detention for 18 months. During that time Hani found solace and empowerment in writing. Hani has a huge thirst for education and has learned to read and write over the past three years. She plans to become a journalist and human rights lawyer. The work of Maya Angelou had a profound influence on Hani’s poetry whilst in detention.The title of this book and the opening poem refer to Maya Angelou’s poem, ‘Still I Rise’. Hani’s dream is to be a mother to thousands of orphans across the world.