Omar Musa leads the way in the performance poetry and rap scenes of Australia, having won the national poetry slam in 2008 and an international title in 2009. He\u2019s released records and self-published books and it\u2019s no wonder that he was picked up by major-league publisher Penguin for his latest book Here Come the Dogs. This blurb sets the scene for the story:\r\nSolomon, Jimmy and Aleks: way out on the fringe of Australia, looking for a way in.\u00a0Hip hop and graffiti give them a voice.\u00a0Booze, women and violence pass the time while they wait for their chance.\u00a0Under the oppressive summer sun, their town has turned tinder-dry.\u00a0All it'll take is a spark.\r\n\r\nAs the surrounding hills roar with flames, the change storms in.\u00a0But it's not what they were waiting for.\u00a0It never is.\u201d\r\nWritten in a balance of poetry and prose, Here Come the Dogs explores themes of masculinity, disengagement, powerlessness and violence on a back-drop of contemporary Australian culture. It is fundamentally a bildungsroman-type story, following the young men as they find and challenge themselves.\r\n\r\nOmar Musa's debut novel 'Here Come the Dogs' has been published to critical acclaim...\r\n\r\nIn an interview with Cris Kennedy for the Sydney Morning Herald, Musa says:\r\nI was also interested in writing about powerlessness\u2026about migrations, masculinity and violence in Australian society, though I didn\u2019t know how to connect it all together.\r\n\r\nThen I heard, I think on the radio, this story about a young guy who masturbated after starting a fire, and I thought what an amazing image of a destructive type of manhood, of impotence.\r\n\r\nI had that image in my head, and I worked backwards to examine how the hell you would get to that point in your life, examining different forms of powerlessness."\r\n***\r\nTo delve into the rich poetic world created by Omar Musa, check out Here Come the Dogs.\r\n\r\nThanks to the amazing support of Penguin Books, we\u2019re giving away 10 copies of Musa\u2019s book as a reward for donating to the Writer\u2019s Edit 'Kindling' Pozible campaign to raise funds to print our first anthology.\r\n\r\nFind out how you can receive a copy by checking out our Pozible campaign!