Rapper, poet and speaker Omar Musa is releasing a new novel later this month.
Here Come the Dogs follows the lives of three friends from different ethnic backgrounds living in a small town in Australia.
This is Omar’s first fictional novel, following his two poetry books Parang and The Clocks.
Omar’s writing is drawn from his experiences in his own life: his Malaysian background, and the block of flats in the multicultural neighbourhood he grew up in, within his small hometown of Queanbeyan in regional Australia.
He is an award-winning slam poet and has collaborated with hip hop artists around the world. You might have seen him perform Slam Poetry from the Streets at TED Talks Sydney, where he received a standing ovation from the audience.
Omar chatted to us about writing Here Come the Dogs, the culture of a small town and the changing, multicultural face of Australian poetry.
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Here Come the Dogs will be officially released on July 23 with launches in cities all around Australia, featuring performances, author talks and book signings.
More details about the launches at the Penguin Books website.