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Cloud Climbers online book launch

Tuesday, 28 September, 6:30 pm8:00 pm AEST

Join us on Zoom to launch the new book “Cloud Climbers: Declarations through Images and Words for a Just and Ecologically Sustainable Peace”


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About the launch

The book launch for Cloud Climbers: Declarations through Images and Words for a Just and Ecologically Sustainable Peace will be held online on Tuesday 28th September 6:30-8:00pm AEST. Emceeing the event will be the editor of the book, Dr Anne Elvey.

The book will be launched by Moira Rayner. Moira is a senior lawyer with expertise in workplace relations and anti-discrimination law. She is a conciliator, mediator and educator. She chaired the Law Reform Commission in WA; was Commissioner for Equal Opportunity for Victoria; a Hearings Commissioner for the Australian Human Rights Commission; and an Acting Anti-Corruption Commissioner.

Her research and other appointments have included Melbourne University (Advisory Board Labour Law Centre; Senior Fellow), Deakin (Adjunct Professor, Centre for Human Services), RMIT (Adjunct Professor School of Social Inquiry); Murdoch (Visiting Scholar), UWA (Lecturer, Senior Fellow Law School, Visiting Fellow at the Australian Centre) and Curtin (Lecturer) and Australian Institute of Family Studies (Deputy Director, Research).

Also speaking will be Angela Costi. Known as Aggeliki Kosti among the Cypriot-Greek diaspora, Angela is a graduate of both Law and Professional Writing and Editing. She has worked as a community lawyer in the social justice sector and as a community artist with a focus on human rights issues. Since 1994, Angela’s poetry, stories, plays, essays and reviews, with travel and migration at their heart, have been widely published nationally and internationally.

The program will also hear from authors and poets who have contributed to the book.

About the book

Cloud Climbers: Declarations through Images and Words for a Just and Ecologically Sustainable Peace. Colonial invasion, nuclear weapons, pandemics and the entanglements of war with fossil fuel extraction and climate change, challenge our capacities to act with hope for an ecologically just and peaceful future. Framed around artwork by William Kelly and Benjamin McKeown and ekphrastic poetry by acclaimed writers Bella Li, Susan Fealy, Alex Skovron and Andy Jackson, this book reflects the conviction that the arts, literature, activism and scholarship can together contribute to the kinds of cultural shift requisite for a peace that flows from and extends to human relations with the natural world. As well as artists and poets, the contributors include activists, Indigenous, ecological, feminist, legal, theological and religious scholars.

Editor Anne Elvey is a poet and scholar whose work includes On arrivals of breath (Poetica Christi 2019), White on White (Cordite Books 2018), Kin (FIP 2014), shortlisted in the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards 2015, and Obligations of Voice (Recent Work Press 2021). Anne is editor of hope for whole: poets speak up to Adani. Her most recent scholarly book is Reading the Magnificat in Australia: Unsettling Engagements (Sheffield Phoenix 2020).

Contributors

Joseph Camilleri, Jim Crosthwaite, Wanda Deifelt, Marie Dennis, Garry Worete Deverell, Anne Elvey, Susan Fealy, Deborah Guess, Deborah Hart, Jione Havea, Andy Jackson, Jason Kelly, William Kelly, Jonathan Keren-Black, Bella Li, Rose Lucas, Mónica A. Maher, Freya Mathews, Benjamin McKeown, Ruth Mitchell, Mick Pope, Dianne Rayson, Omar Sakr, Anna Sakurai, Craig Santos Perez, Alex Skovron, Deborah Storie, Kanchana Weerakoon, Asmi Wood.

Praise for Cloud Climbers

“Cloud Climbers mobilises the transformational potential of the Arts to generate social change, doing the needed heart-work of honouring and grieving for what and those who have suffered, as well as imagining vibrant possibilities of just and sustainable peace for all.” —Anne Carson

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