Poetry forged in war: Palestinian exile Plestia Alaqad wows Sydney audience

A social media sensation for her chronicling of the war, the 22-year-old tells Bankstown Poetry Slam about life under bombardment in Gaza

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At the Bankstown Poetry Slam, there was poetry – and there was Plestia.

The spoken word grand slam drew an audience of more than 2,000 people to Sydney’s Town Hall on Monday night, many wearing kheffiye in solidarity with the Gazan star act, Plestia Alaqad, whose sudden rise to global prominence has been set against the most brutal of backdrops.

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