'Swamp: Walking the Wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain' Written by Nandi Chinna (m/fac053)

'Swamp: Walking the Wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain' Written by Nandi Chinna (m/fac053)

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Chinna uncovers the lost places that exist beneath the townscape of Perth. For the last four years the poet has walked the wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain – and she has walked the paths and streets where the wetlands once were.

Chinna writes with great poignancy and beauty of our inability to return, and the ways in which we can use the dual practice of writing and walking to reclaim what we have lost. Her poems speak with urgency about wetlands that are under threat from development today.

Nandi Chinna works as a Research Consultant, Community Arts Facilitator and poet. She was born on Kaurna country in Adelaide and currently lives and works on Bunuba lands in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and on Noongar Country in the southwest of WA. Nandi uses mindfulness and meditation, slow walking and immersion in nature to facilitate creative writing. For the last seven years, Nandi has worked with First Nations people on poetry projects about rivers, wetlands and homelands. Most recently, Nandi collaborated with Nyikina Elder Professor Anne Poelina – a Guardian of Martuwarra Fitzroy River – on a poetry project focusing on the Martuwarra River. She is the author of four poetry collections. Her poetry book The Future Keepers was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award in 2020 and was highly commended in the Victorian Premier’s Prize in 2019. In 2021, Nandi was awarded the Western Australian Premier’s Writing Fellowship.

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