Please join Leni to celebrate & launch her second book ‘Malcolm; a story in verse’
The book will be officially launched by award winning poet, author, and NT Writers Festival Creative Director, Dani Powell and Red Kangaroo Books will be the official bookseller!
About the book:: Malcolm is a dark verse novel full of the humanity of its author who also works in violence prevention programs and has a keen ear for the complexities of living without safety nets and certainty.
Malcolm is set in Melbourne’s underbelly and Shilton uses her expert grasp on the verse novel format to tell the story of Malcolm – a seventeen year old boy – whose mother is killed at the hand of his father. His childhood has been marred by this violence. After his mother’s death Malcolm leaves the safety of his grandfather’s home to live on the streets, choosing to make his own family. He lives in a Melbourne squat with a group of friends. Together, they face the daily struggle of life on the streets and the edge of society.
About Leni: Leni Shilton is a poet, nurse, educator and researcher who has worked in Aboriginal adult education in the Northern Territory for 25 years. She has twice won the Northern Territory Literary Poetry and Essay Awards, and in 2015 was shortlisted in the University of Canberra Poetry Prize. In February 2016 she completed a PhD in creative writing. Her writing has appeared in anthologies and journals in Australia and internationally. She is a successful recipient of creative writing grants and international residencies and her work has appeared in exhibitions and adapted for the stage. Leni is a founding member of Ptilotus Press, a small publishing intuitive which promotes central Australian writing. She currently works for the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yunkunytatjara Women’s Council in Alice Springs, running violence prevention programs. Her previous verse novel, Walking with Camels, was published by UWA Poetry in 2018 and has become one of the most successful titles in the series.