QWC interviews award-winning poet Shastra Deo: Can you tell us a little about your process of developing your Thomas Shapcott Award-winning collection, The Agonist? I wrote the majority of The Agonist as part of my honours thesis, so it was heavily informed by my central research question: ‘what happens to the self when the body…

‘We are the children of our landscape,’ wrote Lawrence Durrell in The Alexandria Quartet. ‘[It] dictates behaviour and even thought in the measure to which we are responsive to it.’ I think often about four kinds of landscape: the physical, the natural, the dream, the psychic. All dictate my behaviour and thought, but my responsiveness…

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