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Refugia is an unparalleled work of vision and political fury from Noongar and Yawuru poet and scholar Elfie Shiosaki. Inspired by the beeliar (Swan River) and the NASA James Webb Space Telescope’s first year of science, this collection draws on colonial archives to contest the occupation of Noongar Country. 

As the bicentennial year of the colony of Western Australia approaches, Shiosaki looks to the stars and back to the earth to make sense of memory and the afterlife of imperial violence.  


Praise for Refugia

“In my view it's one of the best poetry collections to be released in the last few years.”
Patrick, The Lane Bookshop

“Framing Indigenous rights and the country that we could have against archival footage of the British Invasion, Elfie takes the opportunity to rewrite history, discover starlight, and made me wonder what could have been while staring at the footnotes.”
Lexie, Better Read Than Dead

“A testament to the long memory of Country.”
Raelee Lancaster

“Refugia creates a powerful pathway of poetry, asserting the right to truth telling with each word placed on paper and reclaiming that which was washed away in the high tide of colonisation.”
Charmaine Papertalk Green

Elfie Shiosaki
Elfie Shiosaki is a Noongar and Yawuru writer. She is an Associate Professor at the College of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University. Her research and teaching explores Indigenous desires for human rights and self-determination....

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