Living hyphenated


With a writing style that’s thematically similar to Irvine Welsh (and with praise from the man himself on the front sleeve of his book), Malaysian-Australian Omar Musa is Art on Two Legs. Besides being an accomplished spoken word artist (check out his TEDxSydney performance – it’s both powerful and fluid, sliding through the backyards of Canberra like a carefree skateboarder), musician and poet, last year he published his first book, Here Come the Dogs, a story about three disaffected youths. Penang Monthly talked to him when he was in town for a two-month artist’s residency at Hotel Penaga to chat about identity, belonging and Russell Crowe. 

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