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Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN) presents,

The Strong Sunflower Book Launch

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Date & time

22nd of June 2018 at 6:30pm
until 8:30pm



Saga Bookshop 
203 South Terrace 
South Fremantle
  • South Fremantle


Mohammad Ali Maleki is a poet originally from Iran. He has been writing from within Australia’s prison camp in Manus Province, Papua New Guinea, over the past two years. Mansour Shoshtari, also exiled to Manus, works closely with Mohammad to translate his work from Farsi to English. Mohammad’s poems have been published in Verity La., Blue Pepper, Rochford Street Review and he was shortlisted for the Red Room Company’s New Shoots Poetry Prize 2016.

The Strong Sunflower speaks to ambiguous relationships between those Australia has exiled to Manus, Manusians and the land itself, creating a tentative thread between all these.

The Strong Sunflower is a profound example of the human impulse for persistence, creativity and empathy. Ten visual artists respond with generous and vivid images which bring Mohammad Ali Maleki’s insightful and moving poem into sharp focus. This is a short book with deep roots, to be cherished and sown widely. (Andy Jackson, Poet)

The venue is kid friendly (toys available for little ones) and wheelchair accessible. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Co-hosted by Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN) on 22 June, 6:30pm. At Saga Bookshop, 203 South Terrace, South Fremantle.


  • Free!
    • Youth
    • Adult
    • Wheelchair access
    • Cash
    • EFTPOS

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