John Mateer


John Mateer is a poet and writes on contemporary art.

His latest books are Unbelievers, or ‘The Moor’ (Giramondo, 2013) and Emptiness: Asian Poems 1998–2014 (Fremantle Press, 2014). He has read his work at many international festivals, including PEN International’s Free the Word at the Southbank Centre, London.

He curated In Confidence: Reorientations in Contemporary Arts, a major Indian Ocean-focused show for the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.


The quiet slave

FictionEpisode One: Near MutinyIn 1820, Alexander Hare, the owner of a household of slaves and an increasingly controversial figure among the British in the East Indies, abandoned his plantation on Java and sailed for Cape Town. After setting up...

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