Old Man Banksia
by Luke Patterson
Luke is a Gamilaroi poet, folklorist and musician living on Gadigal lands. Grounded in extensive work with Aboriginal and other community-based organisations across Australia, Luke’s creative pursuits focus on the ways bioregional identities and consciousness are expressed through localised and vernacular forms.
He is particularly interested in exploring how notions of ‘on/off Country’ can be articulated across multi-modal poetics involving (computer) screen, stage and page. Luke is currently a Juncture fellow with The Sydney Review of Books and member of the 2022 Emerging Writers Festival advisory board. Check out his poetry in journals like Cordite, Plumwood Mountain, Rabbit and Running Dog.