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  • Published: 30 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9781761046438
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 1 hr 59 min
  • Narrator: Omar Musa
  • RRP: $27.99

Killernova




A collection of poetry and wood carvings that burns blindingly bright.

The island of Borneo was once the most heavily wooded in the world, and its people have always carved wood beautifully. In KILLERNOVA, grappling with his heritage, Omar Musa remixes this ancient art form with fiery poetry forged in the stars.
With equal parts swagger, humour and vulnerability, Musa charts a journey through the colonial history of South-East Asia, environmental destruction, bushfires, race in Australia, the isolation and addiction of COVID lockdown, family, lost love and, ultimately, recovery.
Relentlessly on beat, visually captivating and deceptively intimate, this is a collection of words and art that burns blindingly bright.

  • Published: 30 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9781761046438
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 1 hr 59 min
  • Narrator: Omar Musa
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Omar Musa

Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian author and poet from Queanbeyan, Australia.


He has released three poetry books (including Parang and Millefiori), four hip-hop records, written an acclaimed one-man play (Since Ali Died), and received a standing ovation at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House.


His debut novel Here Come the Dogs was published in 2014 and was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and the Miles Franklin Award. Musa was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year in 2015.

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Praise for Killernova

Omar’s poetry slips between two worlds, between play and dread, the sacred and the mundane, with Houdini-like ease. He leans into the mystery, while bringing down the hammer. Like if Frank Ocean ghost-wrote Nostradamus.

Hera Lindsay Bird, Hera Lindsay Bird

Omar Musa’s latest work explodes on the page like a dazzling fireworks display, endlessly surprising and beautiful. Killernova is a book to keep close to the heart, forever.

Tash Aw

Pretentious literary navel-gazing. This will go well when thrown into the circle jerk of writers festivals and resin-jewellery led artists panels. That said, it’s hard to deny the Queanbeyan edge that penetrates these whimsical post-national musings. The man’s pretty handy with a linoleum cutter too.

The Betoota Advocate

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