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Autumn Royal

Autumn Royal creates drama, poetry and criticism. She is interviews editor at Cordite Poetry Review and works as a sessional academic teaching creative writing and literary studies in Naarm/Melbourne. Her poetry collections include She Woke and Rose, Liquidation and The Drama Student


The Drama Student

Autumn Royal

96 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published March 2023
ISBN 9781922725394

Royal’s new collection explores the staging of the emotional life, drawing its strength from its confrontation with grief and mourning. Her use of the elegiac form offers no answers, only the hope of tearing open conventional understandings of loss and insecurity. As Maria Takolander says: ‘Royal is unafraid to spark light in the darkest of places.’