Artist in Residence /
31st March – 11th April, 2017
Ravi Nagaveeran will take part in The Lock-Up’s residency program as a Writer in Residence in partnership with the Newcastle Writers Festival.
After travelling to Australia from Sri Lanka by boat, Ravi was detained in the Nauru Regional Processing Centre and Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation for over three years. He is now living in the community and has published a collection of his poems, entitled ‘From Hell to Hell’, written from within Australia’s detention centre system.
Ravi’s poetry and drawings can be seen as forms of art – literature in and of themselves – however his work can too be perceived as an action of resistance. He has launched his book in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth and has travelled across the country sharing his experiences and shedding some light on his journey.
Ravi will take part in the panel discussion ARRIVAL: A DISCUSSION ON MIGRATION, CREATIVITY AND CREATIVE SPACES in partnership with Newcastle Writers Festival at 1.15PM Sunday 9 April 2017 at Wheeler Place.