Spring’s Narcissus by Safdar Ahmed

Given the despairing conditions refugees on Manus Island are currently enduring, we felt it an appropriate time to share and make available for purchase this image, generously donated to us by the the wonderful artist, academic and activist, Safdar Ahmed.   The image features a narcissus flower,…

Untitled submission by 5 year old

This picture was drawn by a five-year old Tamil asylum seeker, living in residential detention, and submitted via one of the detention home workers. The following statement was submitted with the picture: At the time [of doing the drawing] she was 5. Still in detention,…

Toil: A Poem by Caitlin McGregor

*trigger warning: sexual and physical abuse; violence against women, violence against children*   Toil   like stones being swallowed into a little girl’s stomach, a baby drops from its mother’s birth canal face first into a pit of barbed wire   I was raped on…

“Mr. Mingweasle’s Shop of Delectable Confections” by Nick Hadgelias

–A play in one act–   List of Characters:   Mr Artimous Mingweasle: A vendor of lollies. Owner of the shop situated in Melbourne’s decrepit back streets and laneways. Mr. Abbott: Prime Minister of Australia.   Interior of Mingweasle’s lollie shop. Afternoon.   Mr. Mingweasle…

All I Stole Was Your Skin

  — by Taija   I found myself head-deep in the frays of the moons shoulder Where people travel on donkeys and carry an eagle on their arm Where they battle their windowsills for a fucking good nights sleep Where your eyes, once perpetually blemished…

Illegal Like Lies

  Song written and performed by Jenny Fitzgibbon Animation by Corrie Wright   We are thrilled to share the first song and video submission to be received by IBYFM, “Illegal Like Likes”! Co-created by Queensland-based artists Jenny Fitzgibbon and Corrie Wright. Enjoy!      …

The Sea to the Desert in Wool

  by Brenna Jensen and the Castlemaine Community    “We are creating a woollen play rug to be given to children living in detention. It is a work in progress and represents the Australian landscape from sea to desert.” 300 cm x 70 cm  …

A Letter To My Father

by Daniella Trimboli   Lately I have been recalling a confrontation I had with you in my late teens about ‘boat people’. It was not the ‘boat people’ confrontation where I, outraged by your comments, stormed out of the house, jumped into my ’85 Corolla and burned down…

Worldly Conversations

We just came across this moving collaboration between RISE (Refugee Survivors and Ex-Detainees) member Sarah Mussa and visual artist Shawn Lu, called “Worldly Conversations”.   Shawn Lu’s artwork is featured on one of our tee/hoodie designs, available for purchase on this site (with all proceeds…