Installation: Bettina Kaiser, words: Kate Liston-Mills

Excerpt of Empire (Scene Three of Script). Installation at Natura Morta at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery in 2021.

Text and narration by Kate Liston-Mills’, read from “Empire (Scene Three of Script)”. This short story is derived from her book “Dear Ibis”: A pointed and poignant collection of short stories for the present moment.

Dear Ibis is a tender yet unflinching meditation on what it means to feel at home, and what it means to have this taken away. Set in New South Wales’ lush South Coast against the backdrop of the 2019-20 bushfires come stories of birth and death, disability and resilience, colonial greed and moral reckonings. Infused with lyrical prose, vast coastal backdrop and a vividly realised cast of characters, Dear Ibis is a letter for anyone feeling unmoored trying to find their way back to shore.