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Read this and be smarter: spend a moment pondering our past, present and future world with poet Nandi Chinna

The poems of writer and environmental activist Nandi Chinna tease out and explore her own experiences of change, in her body and in the plants, animals and ecosystems around her. In The Future Keepers, Chinna invites us to consider our role as custodians of a precious planet – and how what we value, how we act, and what we choose to remember, will all have an impact on what is to come.

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Nandi Chinna writes of a room, lit by fluorescent lights, where a team of scientists freeze the tissue of endangered plants for future generations

From the death of old-growth trees at Beeliar Wetlands to securing the seeds of potential trees at Kings Park, her work holds both anticipatory grief and hope for the future. In this episode of the Fremantle Press Podcast, Nandi speaks to Holden Sheppard about her very special brand of peripatetic creativity, which has led to her latest poetry collection, The Future Keepers.

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WA poet on gold medal longlist

Dennis Haskell’s poetry collection Ahead of Us has been longlisted for the ALS Gold Medal. The ALS Gold Medal is awarded annually by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature for an outstanding literary work in the preceding calendar year. Haskell said it was a bit unusual for a poetry book to get listed.

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Premier’s shortlist announced

Fremantle Press authors Ray Glickman, Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Sally Morgan and Caitlin Maling have each been shortlisted for a 2016 Western Australian Premier’s Book Award from a national field of 792 entrants across nine categories.

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