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Suneeta Peres da Costa

Suneeta Peres da Costa lives on unceded Gadigal land. Her most recent book, Saudade, focuses on the legacies of Portuguese colonialism and the Goan diaspora in pre-Independence Angola. It was shortlisted for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, the 2020 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, and was a finalist in the 2020 Tournament of Books. Her literary honours include a Fulbright Scholarship, the Australia Council for the Arts BR Whiting Studio Residency, Rome, and an Asialink Arts Creative Exchange to North India. Her first collection of poetry, The Prodigal, will be published by Giramondo in 2024.

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HEAT 1. Fire & Shadow

My whole life, I had woken in earnest and with an uncanny conceit about my place in the world. In the world, if people were distinguished by their night and morning sensibilities, I would be a ‘morning person’, by which I mean that I rarely hesitated about the importance of getting out of bed. 

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