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Words from the street: Omar Musa on debut fiction novel “Here Come the Dogs”

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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.

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Abdul Ibrahimi’s words on home and identity as a Hazara refugee

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At the Creative Conversations: Making Sense with Art event, Abdul Ibrahimi shared his poems with the audience.

Abdul is a Hazara refugee from Afghanistan. His poems about home, identity and missing his mother in Afghanistan moved the audience to tears.

Abdul talked to us afterwards about the stories behind the poems.

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Abe Nouk: Finding identity and words

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Abraham "Abe" Nouk

Abraham “Abe” Nouk

Last year we talked to Christie Widiarto who was working on ‘Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours’ with the Immigration Museum of Victoria aimed to find out what people think of their identities in Australia.

One of the speakers at the launch was Abe Nouk. When Abe came to Australia as a refugee, he was illiterate.

Nowadays he’s an award-winning poet and mentors young people with Creative Rebellion Youth.

He talked to us about being finally able to tell his story and his own identity living in Australia.