The BOON Companions at the EWF! I'll be doing something very special in the Chapel....
London Poland tour! I am touring London and performing at the Milosz Festival in Poland! Seriously amaHZE. London gigs are:
I'll be in London to meet with my dream organisation Apples and Snakes to talk about youth SLAM!
Details of the Polish Milosz festival here
After winning 'artist of the year' in 2015 I am back for the 2016 Mt Beauty Music Festival!
Along with my partner in crime Emily Ulman I'm thrilled to be throwing this amazing charity event and live art tribute to the blackstarman, David Bowie, whose surprise death from cancer was a painful reminder of the ongoing battle against this disease.
Join us for a mix tape of some of our best-loved poets, comedians, singers, songwriters and cabaret performers including ultra special guests Missy Higgins, Angie Hart, Josh Earl, Alicia Sometimes, Hannah Gadsby, Andy Griffiths and more. All exploring a favourite aspect of the career and life of an artist beyond compare. There will be live art, installations, facepainting, a performance of Bowie’s final single ‘Lazarus’ featuring the David Bowie Dancers, cover versions, stories, re-interpretations and a Space Oddity singalong featuring The Ladychoir.
All proceeds will be donated to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation to help further life-saving cancer research.
Let’s mourn, let’s celebrate, let’s remember, let’s dance.
Missy Higgins Angie Hart Hannah Gadsby Official Page MANTRA DJ Whiskey Houston Josh Earl Laura Jean The Boon Companions Michael Nolan & The Spiders From Westgarth Ben Mastwyk Sean M Whelan Ben Pobjie Andy Griffiths Georgia Fields Alicia Sometimes The David Bowie Dancers Coda Chroma Jules Sheldon and the Tram Conductors Emilie Zoey Baker Lovers Of The Black Bird Dan Lee LAPKAT The Ladychoir
We’re sick of you Cancer, you can go get fucked. Come.
Tickets $18+BF from Oztix / more on the door if available. Doors 6pm. 2015
Our show, Elemental will be shown at The festival of light in GOA, India! With live performances by Andrew Watson and Alicia Sometimes! Here is the poster with an extra added bonus 'S' and a little preview. ..
It'S FRINGE O CLOCK!
I'm going to DO a DO lecture! I'm so excited! Deep in the Victorian bush away from all internet and power, people gather and share their knowledge and ideas. There's no 'power' but by god it's electric! I'm giving a lecture on why people need poetry. Not the soliloquies and cinquains as much as the poetry of life, the poetry art, the art of living, the full Oh Captain My Captain smackdown.
from their website:
The idea is a simple one. That people who Do things, can inspire the rest of us to go and Do things too. So each year, we invite a set of people to come and tell us what they Do.
Thu, Mar 19- Sun, Mar 22, 2015
Payne's Hut, Victora
I'm working with the High school in Mt Beauty for an amazing poetry performance at the Mt Beauty Music Festival!
It should be utterly amazing, also MOUNT BEAUTY YOU GUISE. LOOK
25th - 27th April 2015. MOUNT BEAUTY.
When: 25 May,
Where: Royal Observatory Greenwich Planetarium
Times: 19.00–20.45, 21.15–23.00
Get: Tickets Here!
I'll be performing with the amazeballs Andrew Watson for this Nepal fundraiser, Free As A Word! (By Moishe House & JPAC.)
come, eat soup and repair hearts with me.
- Wot: Spoken word (and some surprise mime.)
- When: Sunday, May 17 at 6:30pm
- Where: 108 Kooyong Rd, Caulfield
thirilledthrilledthrilledbeyondthrilled to be part of this amazing festival! We're sold out but there's a waiting list.
Get on it and perhaps you might be able to come DIE with us. x
Come hear me read love letters with JASON STEGER, STELLA ANGELICO, LORELEI VASHTI, and MICHAEL WILLIAMS Hosted by the glorious VIRGINIA GAY! If you are single you might also find the love of your life... truly, sincerely, yours...
Liner Notes at the Byron Bay Writers Festival!
Our literary cabaret Liner Notes returns to turn the Festival up to 11. A spoken word tribute to a classic album, as song-by-song a stellar line-up of writers, poets, and musicians explore their personal connection to a musical legend. This year we take on Rumours, the 1977 songbook of passive-aggression with which Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and the gang invented adult-oriented radio, as they sang about making and breaking up while making and breaking up with each other.
Featuring special guests George Megalogenis, Hannie Rayson, Andy Griffiths, Krissy Kneen, Erik Jensen, Clare Wright, Marc Fennell and Zohab Zee Khan with Emilie Zoey Baker and Sean M Whelan. MC Michael Nolan will deliver a potted history of The Mac, and the live LN band will take up tambourines and tulle to recreate the hits of an album that threw a tasselled shawl over the world and hugged it for just a little longer than is friendly.
Come for an unforgettable night of stories, spoken word and songs, as we celebrate rock so smooth you could skip it across a lake of Johnnie Walker Blue.
AS the result of our 2014 Fellowship Alicia Sometimes, Sean M Whelan and I are will be your hidden poets making secret histories at the State Library of Victoria. One night only during #mwf#shhhh#weareinalibrary
My baby slam is now a fully grown toddler! Outloud is the first and only Teen Team Slam in Victoria and it's a CRACKER. 20 schools, one winner Poetry SLAM. Tickets and details HERE
Funeral at Brisbane Festival!
It's time to Make more BOWIE!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2015 7:30PM
ACMI CINEMA 2
1. 'Five Years' - Yana Alana
2. 'Soul Love' - Omar Musa & Luka Lesson
3. 'Moonage Daydream' - Sean M Whelan
4. 'Starman' - Mick Harvey
5. 'It Ain't Easy' - Maxine Beneba Clarke
6. 'Lady Stardust' - Andy Griffiths
7. 'Hang On To Yourself' - Erik Jensen
8. 'Ziggy Stardust' - Angie Hart
9. 'Suffragette City' - Hannah Gadsby
10. 'Rock 'N' Roll Suicide' - Emilie Zoey Baker
We can’t wait to dust off our red mullet wigs and our highest platform soles - until then, freakout in a moonage daydream. Oh yeah.
Hungry for a bit of delicious spoken word soul food? Look no further! An all-star lineup of Australian performance poets will be appearing in Sydney and Melbourne for a mini-tour on December 4th-6th. The lineup is Omar Musa (Australian Poetry Slam Champion), Ee'da (Sisters for Sisters), Luka Lesson (Australian Poetry Slam Champion) and Emilie Zoey Baker (Berlin International Slam Champion). Hosted by the amazing WORKSHOP crew, there will be deep thoughts, there will be laughs, there will be feels, all for the bargain price of $15. For those who want to learn a few tricks of the trade, there will also be exclusive workshops with the poets for $50. BANG! Book a ticket, tell a friend and come through for this sumptuous feast of words.
December 4th : Sydney poetry workshop (without Omar) — 6:30pm - 9:30pm. December 5th : Sydney show — 7:30pm December 6th : Melbourne workshop — 11am - 3pm, Melbourne show — 7:30pm
SYD : soulfoodsydney.eventbrite.com.au MELB : soulfoodmelbourne.eventbrite.com.au
SYD : Workshop Sydney, 80 George St., Redfern. MELB : Workshop Melbourne, Juddy Roller Studios, cnr Chapel and Johnston St., Fitzroy.
WOT: EAR FOOD.
So you have heard of Betoota right? of course you haven't as it's THE SMALLEST TOWN IN AUSTRALIA. in that no-one lives there except a shed. Well that's where I am going on the 17th Oct to perform my poetry as part of ladies Day. I can't wait. Check it out
I am hosting the National Australian Poetry Slam at the Opera House! THE OPERA HOUSE! Also taking part in the amazing Word Travels Story Festival. Along with The Tongue, Omar Musa, SOLO, Candy Royalle, Alia Gabres and Mark Treddenick.
What: Nationals, baby!
Where: Opera House
When: 7pm Sunday 12th Oct.
This is my face about GOING TO Ubud
September 18th 2014, OPEN SLAM featuring Emilie Zoey Baker, Brendan Dennis and Fenella Edwards! Registration for Poets 6:30pm. Show starts at 7:30pm. Bella Union, Trades Hall. www.slamalamadingdong.com.au
Out LOUD FINALS OMG!
Four schools made it through the heats to compete for amazing prizes and the title of THE GREATEST POET IN LL THE LAND (regram from MantraMC)
In Chapters, a tribute to Dylan Thomas's In My Craft Or Sullen Art. Or why on earth would you write poetry?
In Chapters is a rolling revue mixing music, literature and film, with an array of singers and players, novelists and poets, from Wales and Australia. We celebrate the centenary of Dylan Thomas, Wales greatest poet. In Chapters is an artistic collaboration between musicians and writers from Wales and Australia. Musicians Richard James (ex Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci), Gareth Bonello (The Gentle Good), and from Melbourne Peter Head and Lucy Wise, team up with Welsh writers John Williams, Rachel Tresize and Desmond Barry, plus Australians Emily Bitto, Emilie Zoey Baker and Danielle Wood. Inspired by the Dylan Thomas poem In My Craft or Sullen Art, musicians and writers have created new work to move and delight you.
Supported by the British Council and Wales Arts International
Doors open at 3.30 and the bar will be open: come and join us for a drink before the event. This venue has limited seating and plenty of standing room.
When: Sun 24 Aug 4pm
Wot: This is not the greatest poem in the world, this is just a tribute.
Where: Bella Union, Trades Hall
Liner Notes debuts at the Byron Bay Writers Festival!
For the first time, the Festival turns up the volume as the literary cabaret Liner Notes hits town. One of Melbourne’s best-loved spoken word events, this is a poetic tribute to a classic album, song by song. A stellar line-up of writers, poets and musicians explore their personal connection to that glam ham of wham, bam and thank-you-ma’am – David Bowie. Join us as we salute Bowie’s masterpiece of Sturm und Drag, on which he introduced the world to the leper Messiah from outer space, Ziggy Stardust. Featuring special guests Andrew Denton, Missy Higgins, Andy Griffiths and Benjamin Law with Maxine Beneba-Clarke, Asphyxia, Omar Musa, Luka Lesson, Emilie Zoey Baker and Sean M Whelan.
MC Michael Nolan will deliver a potted history of Bowie and his flame-haired alter-ego, and the live Liner Notes band will rip through the hits like a stiletto caught on satin flares. Yes, they’ll likely take it all too far, but in their defence, boy can they play guitar…
Come for an unforgettable night of stories, spoken word and songs, as we celebrate a starman surely even Richard Dawkins believes in.
What: Best night of your life
Where: Byron Community Centre 69 Jonson Street Byron Bay
When: August 1, @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Get: Tickets Here!
It's Melbourne Writers Festival O'clock! And I'm doing a session with the BRILLIANT Alia Gabres, a poet of Eritrean background who has some of the best stuff I have ever heard! It's part of the schools program and it's going to go OFFSKI.
When: 26th August 2014
Get: (click on the picture)
Wot: Presentation for years 8-10
We're going back into space!
To explore the poetic universe at the Melbourne Planetarium with a return of our sell out show Elemental!
With Sean M Whelan, Emilie Zoey Baker, Ryan Van Winkle, Andrew Watson, Claire Fischer, Nat Bates, Ai Yamamoto, Chris Nelms, Alex Scott, Daniel Gorman and an introductory talk by Dr Alan Duffy.
Costumes by Two French and extra animations by Emmy award winning animator Drew Berry.
Two shows on Thursday July 10 at 7pm and 9pm and Friday July 11 at 7pm and 9pm.
Since the dawn of time, poets have gazed up at the stars and pondered who we are and what it all means. Elemental is a unique performance that explores the universe through the eyes of artists. Taking place inside a planetarium, this show combines live music, poetry, surround sound and video, and the voice of UK scientist John Gribbin to explore the universe and ascribe meaning to our celestial experience.
Elemental is an immersive experience for the mind and body. Lie back in the comfort of a lounger as you lift off into space for your very own guided tour of the galaxy. This visual voyage through the heavens explores four different theories about how the universe began, taking you on a poetic journey through the Big Bang, the theory of everything, M theory and dark matter, accompanied by a soundtrack of live musicians and poetry readings.
Experimental musicians, poets and video artists make a spellbinding and unique exploration of quantum physics and cosmology, with a poetic twist.
In 2009 this show was a sell out at MIAF and is now with added exciting new works.
In Bendigo, there will be two shows on Friday July 18 at 6pm and 8pm at The Discovery Science and Technology Centre, Bendigo with the awesome Klare Lanson and Neil Boyack.
Tickets can be purchased through The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas website:http://wheelercentre.com/events/event/elemental1/
Presented by the Wheeler Centre and Scienceworks. With support from Arts Victoria.
The full list of sessions:
Stars Like Sand Book Launch
I'm in this little puppy and will be reading my poem 'The Vegetarian Zombie' along with a bucketload of other poets. The book will be launched by Philip Salom (also in the anthology) and there will be wine. WINE!
Where: Collected Works Bookshop, 1/37 Swanston St, Melbourne.
When: Friday 6th June 6 for 6.30pm
Wot: Launch party MAYHEM
Get: just walk on up.
Supporting or 'wing woman-ing' The Bedroom Philosopher's book launch where he will read the entire book, yes that's right THE ENTIRE BOOK. From 9am to 9pm with crazy performances, wondrous cameos and possibly eggs, definitely eggs.
The book is about being an artist in Australia. It’s the result of two years work and interviews with over 100 artists. It’s a tell-all memoir meets rogue self-help. It’ll be released May 28 through Affirm Press.
Where: Howler 7-11 Dawson St, Brunswick VIC 3056
When: 9am June 1st
Wot: I'm really not entirely sure
Get: Just come on down!
I'm giving a workshop at FRANGA LIBRARY! I love saying FRANGA IN ALL CAPS! Details below
Book here and let's kick some arse.
I am reading at Mark Treddenick's book launch! He's one of my absolute favourite poets and his new collection 'Bluewren Cantos' is absolutely stunning. Also launching is Ane Elvey's 'Kin'. Thursday the 1st May at Collected Works. I'll be reading a couple of TT's (Tredennick Treats) along with Nam Lee, Bonny Cassidy, Robbie Coburn and more! Published by 5 Islands Press.
Where: Collected Works Bookstore, 1/37 Swanson St, Melbourne
When: Thursday the 1st May 5.30 pm
Get: Just come!
The Wheeler Centre For Books Writing and Ideas presents; Power Slam!
Performance poetry punches through to the truth with its high energy and biting satire. As part of the Weather Stations project, a global initiative that places literature and storytelling at the heart of the conversations around climate change, four poets will take on the powers that be in a night of rhythm and rhyme, focusing on what it means to be an artist living in a hostile world rife with political and social injustice.
Polish Weather Stations representative Jaś Kapela takes to the stage in an incendiary event that will tackle today’s most politically charged issues, most notably climate change. Kapela is a renowned master of the form, as well as an accomplished novelist and blogger.
When: 5th May 6.15pm
Where: The Wheeler Centre176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Wot: FUN, FUN AND POLITICS
Get: Book here, it's free!
I am performing at this Mysterious event that's a 24 hour 'Art Walk' through Geelong.
When: Friday 9th May
Where: Geelong, somewhere!
Wot: Poetry, probably yelled
Get: I'm pretty sure you just rock up
Williamstown Literary Festival
Discussing the BEJESUS outa love with some of my favorite writers on the planet! Alicia Sometimes and Bonwyn Lovell with Inkerman's Donna Ward.
Editor of Australian Love Poems (Inkerman & Blunt) Mark Tredinnick says “The trouble with love is that each time you think you have its anatomy sorted, its story down, its moral told, like a go(dess) it changes its mind.”
In this session, three fine poets capture the many faces of love and give a resounding answer to the question posed at the Perth Writers’ Festival back in 2010 when novelist and songwriter Gregory Day asked “who’s writing the love in Australian poetry”? We’ve found out just who is writing the love poetry, and in this session our brilliant poets read from their own work and also share their favourite love poems by other writers.
Prepare to be moved.
When: Sat 31st May
Where: Williamstown Town Hall
104 Ferguson St Williamstown, VIC - Australia
Wot: Poems and hot, sweet love
Get: Book tickets here
I AM TEACHING AT THE BANFF CENTRE IN CANADA!
I am so totally thrilled I can barely contain myself. The Banff Centre is a creative wonderland set in Canada's amazing Banff National Park. I am the first ever Australian to be core faculty for the annual spoken word program and I'm beyond excited! I'll also be staying on to do a self directed residency till the end of April.
I am like this ALL DAY EVERYDAY TILL I LEAVE (replace cookies with amazing Banff Centre invitation)
"The Banff Centre's Spoken Word Program is the first program of its kind, offering a unique milieu for spoken word artists to explore and develop their voices and career paths. The program offers space to write, time to develop strong performance dynamics, workshops, special events, public readings, studio recording time, one-on-one editorial assistance from experienced writers, and the opportunity to engage with a vibrant network of spoken word artists. Each participant will design a personal program to reflect her/his individual needs. World-class faculty will present workshops covering such topics as history, composition, performance, new and multimedia, musicality, orality, sound, spirit, language, body, and theatre."
I'm on the bill for People Of Letters NEW YAWK! For the official Woman Of Letters US tour. I'm soooo excited to be this amazing bill which is so awesome it's almost a Bill Murray.
MONDAY MARCH 24TH PEOPLE OF LETTERS NEW YORK CITY THE BOWERY ELECTRIC
Acclaimed author of The Ice Storm RICK MOODY
Novelist and journalist LEV GROSSMAN
Founder and CEO of Worldwide Orphans Foundation DR. JANE ARONSON
Writer and poet LUKE DAVIES
Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Hours MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM
Experimental performer FRITZ DONNELLY
Award-winning slam poet EMILIE ZOEY BAKER
Writing: ‘A letter to the thing I wish I’d written.’
Bicycles are great! We love them and we love poets who use them, write about them, celebrate them and of course, any other form of transport that is kind to the planet.
On Your Bike is a night of poetry and spoken word dedicated to this humble and wonderful machine.
with MC Randall Stephens
This event is supported by City of Melbourne #inbetweenmelb and Australian Poetry for which we are most grateful.
Bookings and inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets available at the door.
Cost: $10 full, $9 concession, $8 MPU members
Live performance on Radio National
with Sean M Whelan on Books And Arts Daily! Wed Feb 5th 10.30 Am. We'll be reading our poem 'The Smell Of Books' and perhaps we'll nail it. What IS the smell of books?
I will be performing and Panel-ing for the first Cherchez La Femme of 2014!
"Ever wondered if there's such a thing as women's poetry, feminist poetry, or a poetic sensibility that's recognisably feminine? Or if the incredible talent of Toni Morrison, Margaret Atwood, Sylvia Plath, or Oodgeroo Noonuccal might never have been discovered because they weren't men? Is there a woman poet you love that is anti-feminist? Can the poetry be good if the gender politics are not? Is poetry more culturally diverse than other artistic genres? Why are so many gatekeepers of poetry not only male but boorishly hard on women poets?
These questions and more come to mind when I consider the incredible artform that gave us the gift of lyrics, predates the novel, and has played a big part in the narrativisation of love down the centuries. How do women fit into this incredibly complex and elastic genre? Is there a gender split when we look at written poetry, spoken word, slams and MCing? We know that women are so well-represented in the world of poetry, but are they being supported?
I don't know about you but I could do with more poetry in my life. I think about it all the time, and I hear it, but I don't read it as much as I like, and I haven't written it for an age. It's so important and overlooked! So first out of the gates this year at a brand new venue, I'll be hosting Feminism and Poetry with a lineup of absolute superstars.
TARIRO MAVONDO: actor, performer, poet, feminist
EMILIE ZOEY BAKER: poet, slam champion, teacher, feminist
JESSICA ALICE: broadcaster, poet, writer, feminist
And as an added bonus we'll have special guest performances from Matthew James and Sean M Whelan.
I can't wait to welcome these amazing poets and thinkers to the CLF stage, and to share the new venue with you all. It's fully wheelchair accessible, and that's taken nearly a year to secure, so we're thrilled. There is also big news on the ticketing front for CLF and you can find more details at the brand new site cherchezlafemme.com.au under Tickets."
When: Tuesday 4 February 2014 7-9pm Where: Duke of Wellington Level One Corner Russell & Flinders Streets, Melbourne
Wot: FEMINISM and FUN. FUNNYISM.
full kitchen open until 11pm $20 on the door/$15 presales online Accessible venue, parking at Fed Square, babies welcome
I'm so thrilled to be in the latest edition of Women Of Letters! Yours Truly published by Penguin! I have a 'letter to my darkest secret' and I'm frothing with delight to be in a book amongst some of my ultimate lady heroes like Annabel Crabb, Amanda Palmer, Missy Higgins and Eva Cox! Seriously, like stick a fork in me type stuff.
'Women of Letters offers a joyous bounty of many voices, writing styles, laughs and regrets. Having read this book, I feel as though I know humans and their various conditions much better.' Weekend Australian
Wanna read it? Get it here
Supporting Slam Legend Bob Holman!
When: Tuesday November 19th
Wot: Sweet Talkers! With BOB HOLMAN, EMILIE ZOEY BAKER & ANTHONY O'SULLIVAN. Music from PHILEMON and hosted by RANDALL STEPHENS.
Where: The John Curtin Hotel 29 Lygon Street, Carlton
Get: Just turn up! $10 entry/ $8 MPU members
What I Learned from Doctor Who: Live taping of the Splendid Chaps Podcast!
Calling all Doctor Whovians! Join comedian Ben McKenzie, writer John Richards and Emilie Zoey Baker for a live taping of their Doctor Who podcast, Splendid Chaps. The podcast is part of a year-long project to celebrate all things Doctor Who.This show will focus on the educational origins of Doctor Who. What can we learn from the good Doctor? How accurate is the program? And how has he changed our lives?
when: Saturday 16 November, 4.00pm-6.00pm, where: Toorak/South Yarra Library
Get: Tickets: $10.Book online through SplendidChaps.com
performance panel: Tales Out Loud: Poetry Edition at the Malvern Library!
When: Saturday 16 November, 2.00pm-4.00pm, Malvern Library
Get: Book online or call: 8290 1366
Jakarta - Thursday 3 October 7:00pm - 9:00pm Komunitas Salihara, as part of the Salihara Literary Biennale Jl.Salihara No.16, Pasar Minggu, Jakarta Selatan, Jakarta
Yogyakarta - Saturday 5 October 4:00pm - 6:00pm Langgeng Art Foundation Jl. Suryodiningratan 37, Yogyakarta - Yogyakarta
with Marike Hardy, Claire Bowditch, Laura Jean McKay and Michaela McGuire!
A Teaching tour of the Northern Territory with the Barkly Shire Council
Working in indigenous schools to bring slam to the red sand!
23th-27th September: Tennant Creek, Arlparra, Ampilatwatja & Wauchope!
Write Around The Murray, the Albury Writers Festival!
With some of my favourite people! Including Steges
Wot: Writers festival galore
When: 5th-8th Sep
Contraverse at the Hare-Hole!
Wot: Cool new Melbourne spoken word night
When : September 5th
Where: Hares And Hyenas Book Store, Fitzroy
Wot: The annual spoken word cabaret extravaganza!
When : 23rd August 2013
Where: Regal Ballroom, Northcote, Melbourne
The first ever Slutfest! (SO not what you think it is) A Fundraiser for SlutWalk Melbourne which is happening this year on the 31st August 2013 at The State Library of Victoria
When : 12 July 2013
Where: Bella Unuion, Trades Hall
Performing the whole entire feminism mash up poetry advertising extravaganza 'Emilie Laughing Alone With Salad' at the Burrinja Cafe as part of the Autumn Authors series in the Dandenong Ranges, SO EXCITED! That was a long sentence!
also THERE WILL BE TIM-TAMS.
When : Sat May the 18th 3.30 pm
Where: Burrinja Cafe, Cnr Glenfern Road and Matson Drive, Upwey
Ps. did I mention THERE WILL BE TIM-TAMS?
Below is Sabrina with Tim-tams and Sabrina without Tim-tams along with Angie Hart knowing that Tim Tams are coming cause she hasn't had them in a long time and might fight you for them. #timtams #imawarethisisawebsitesohashtagsareredundant
Do we utter the words 'cultural cringe'? Can we talk about the future without mentioning the past? Is the Australian icon a pair of pre-Abbott budgie-smugglers and a scalding hot Four'N Twenty? Is it the officially-decreed (by whom?) "barbie" on Australia Day or a north coast thunderstorm cracking over canefields?
What about the spaces in between? Crossing the Nullarbor, windows rolled all the way down, chewing on trail-mix to the beat of a Midnight Oil song on the radio… A lone afternoon walk home on the wide empty streets of a mining town where most of the miners have long since left… A night spent in the bunk-bed of a regional New South Wales homestead pub, with only the town ghost for company…
And what of the towns themselves? Do all girls in Melbourne really wear matte lipstick and opaque stockings? Does living in Brisbane make you a better surf guitarist? Do we have to talk about Sydney and its pokie pubs and Emerald City harbour at all? Adelaide afternoons, Darwin nights? And all the while do the imprints of Australia's frontier days and "the bush" still echo through our lives as we sit in casually chic cafes, the knowledge of all that raw land out over the horizon weighing on us?
These are questions without straightforward answers; questions that arise when we talk about Australia - as four Australian performers will do on April 28 at the Toff in Town, with a special night of spoken word, song and performance.
Angie Hart speaks of leaving her hometown for all the wrong reasons. “Melbourne, it wasn't you, it was me. You were the one that got away. You were the woods I couldn't see for the trees. You were what I didn't know I had until it was gone.”
Adam Gibson nearly moved to Melbourne because of her. He has done a lot of moving around on this big rock since, finding meaning in matters big and small. “From Cairns to Broome and back again, we churn through towns and jobs and lives – our reference framed by the ragged outline of this island home and the roads that take us here and there.”
Emilie Zoey Baker goes all hot and cold on her journey from Uluru, to Toronto, from Montreal to Mexico. Her accent confusing Canadians, exciting New Yorkers (!) and making Mexicans furrow their brows. Do you get more Aussie when you travel overseas? Does the occasional 'G'day' make a surprise exit from your mouth? Have you ever said 'Ta' to an American only for them to say, 'what, like the stuff on the road?' Yep. A linguistic exploration of the Australian Identity through weird poetry, strange stories and the occasional no worries, mate.
Mick Thomas has a romance with just about every place name in Australia. He's toured the country like a man possessed, bringing places like Flinders Street station, Forbes, and Moreton Bay to life in song. He also has a penchant for the odd footy reference “Picture this, a paper boy, he stands outside a Collingwood hotel On his back black and white, he hums a tune I've learnt to hate so well.”
When: Sunday the 28th April
Where: Toff in Town
Hosting Women Of Letters at the Regal Ballroom!
On Sunday, April 28th, WoL will present together for the first time ever on stage: comedian, masterchef and cookbook author JANE KENNEDY, lead singer of Teeth and Tongue JESS CORNELIUS, costumier to the stars ROSE CHONG, digital artist and photographer BINDI COLE, and author and creator of Phryne Fisher KERRY GREENWOOD.
Where: Regal Ballroom, Fitzroy
When 28th March
Canadian tour with Montreal prize winning poet Mark Tredinnick!
Victoria 10/03 James Joyce Bistro in Victoria
Toronto 15/03 Hart House Library, University of Toronto
Montreal 17/03 The Words & Music Show, at Casa del Popolo
New York 24/03 BareBurger East Village
Wot: People Of Letters at the Spiegeltent
When: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2pm
Women of Letters will be bringing together on stage for the first time: Musician, writer, and national treasure CLARE BOWDITCH, paired with her childhood friend, TinPan Orange singer (and the voice behind the famous 'Dumb Ways To Die'!) EMILY LUBITZActor, writer, director and Play-school heartthrob RHYS MULDOON, paired with his friend and musical collaborator, rock legend and Spiderbait drummer KRAM, Director of literary institute The Wheeler Centre and delightful raconteur MICHAEL WILLIAMS, paired with his magnificent wife, Triple R presenter MICHELLE BENNETT, Poet, cartoonist and commentator MICHAEL LEUNIG, paired with his rakishly handsome son, performer and magosopher SUNNY LEUNIG and award-winning poet and international slam champion EMILIE ZOEY BAKER, paired with her partner, speechwriter and senior editor at Penguin Books MICHAEL NOLAN.
Wot: Commissioned by the National Year Of Reading for a residency in 7 Victorian Museums
When: published online and in an ebook by the National Year Of Reading
'As part of the National Year of Reading 2012, the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations funded a project for professional writers to visit very different workplaces in each state of Australia. The writers spent time with workers talking, watching and learning about what they do. The writers then wrote down the stories of daily life on the job.For the reader, we get a chance to 'look over the shoulder' of workers all around Australia and see how our great nation operates.'
Wot: National No Shame Day 2012 (Host)
When 14th December, 4pm Armidale Mall
'The concept of ‘shame’ continues to thwart the positive self esteem and personal success of many young Aboriginal people. After years of quietly working with the concept, Beyond Empathy has decided to ‘out’ shame to the broader community. We hope that No Shame Day will act as a catalyst in enabling the Aboriginal community to step up in pride and give our young people the opportunity to show off their many and diverse talents – shame free.'
With Kween, Lamb, Omar Musa and Tommy Illfigga.
Wot: BAD!SLAM!No! BISCUIT!
When: 21st November 2012, 8pm The Pheonix, Canberra
'BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is a Poetry Slam in THE CANBERRA that will give ANYONE a microphone, and audience, and 2 MINUTES to perform WHATEVER. They will then be JUDGED by five judges chosen from the audience who PREFERABLY HATE POETRY, BUT WHO LOVE BEER!'
Residency at Montrose High Tasmania (workshops)
Wot: A week with the kids at Montrose high makin' slam
When: 5-11 November
Get: Can't have!
Wot: Kids Vs Adults poetry slam at Deakin University plus the launch of Imagine
When: 1st November, main campus, Deakin University