Thursday, December 15 @ 7:00pm
239 Lonsdale Street Chinatown
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Outside the Box Press is proud to present ‘Wide Open,’ the new book from critically acclaimed Cabaret star and performance poet Amy Bodossian. This poignant, moving, and erotic poetry collection, illustrated by the author, is about to be unleashed onto Australian readers, after much anticipation from fans of one of Australia’s most unique, eccentric, and captivating spoken word artists.
Amy has been nominated for a Green Room Award, been on ABCs Spicks and Specks and Please Like Me, performed sell out shows to audiences across Australia, and headlined most of Melbourne’s top spoken word events. Now she is preparing to launch her beautiful and long-awaited new book, ‘Wide Open’, just in time for Christmas!
Launched by Alicia Sometimes, with special performances by top Melbourne poets, Koraly Dimitriadis, Anthony O’Sullivan, Maurice Mcnamara, Emilie Collyer, Yvette Stubbs, and a special comedic performance by Kimberly Twiner
Hosted by Jo Zealand. And of course, Miss Bodossian will be performing a very special set from the book.
“From high speed sex on the highway to domestic bliss. From kissing the dizzying heights of new love to skinning her knees on the concrete of rejection. From fucking amongst her childhood toys to the agony of letting go on the beach at midnight, Amy plunges into the treacherous yet expansive oceans of romantic love with a heart that will not harden. A heart that will always be ‘Wide Open.'”
“Vulnerable, honest, primal, cosmic, elemental and ultimately unforgettable. Amy reminds you of all the hurt and wonder of being alive.”
– Bronwyn Lovell, Winner of the Adrien Abbott Poetry Prize
“This collection holds no punches. It is an invigorating, life-affirming book that celebrates the fierce and the hopeless in all of us.”
– Emilie Collyer, Award winning playwright and author
“Bodossian’s trippy, dippy poetry is a constantly surprising delight. She seamlessly segues into a smokey torch singer, straddling the lines between satire and serious art, sweetness and obscenity, sexiness and gawkiness.”
– The Advertiser
“There isn’t a pigeonhole in existence, no matter how well labelled, that could possibly hold Amy Bodossian. No warning, no apologies.”
– FINGER MAGAZINE
Come buy a copy for your partner, your mum, your unrequited love. Get one to read as you down champagne and cry over your Christmas Turkey! Tis the season!
Every second Wednesday, behind the bookshelf in Sooki Lounge’s secret downstairs ‘nook’, you will find a collection of Belgrave’s local creatives opening their chests and sharing their heart with one another.
An incredibly supportive environment where each poet is greeted with genuine applause.
Tim Evans performs ‘Poem, Interrupted’ at The 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, where he was awarded an honourable mention.
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Tim Evans is still recovering from being English and can be found performing his poems at gigs and slams all over Melbourne and beyond. His hobbies are anxiety, depression and jokes and he often does them all at the same time. He’s been published on Audacious Vol. 4, has featured at The Dan O’Connell, Owl & Cat Readings, Poetry at Tago Mago and Poet’s Corner and was a Slamalongdingdong 2017 finalist. Several people have said nice things about his poetry but have refused to go on the record. He likes using self-deprecation but he isn’t very good at it.
Chalise van Wyngaardt performing ‘Truth’ at The 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. Chalise was awarded an Honourable Mention.
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Chalise van Wyngaardt is a poet, theatre-maker and performance artist who believes truth is found outside the comfort zone. Having performed across Melbourne through numerous events and festivals including White Night, Seven Sisters and The Village fest, Chalise is renowned for her provocative and experimental performance styles that challenge the genre of spoken word at a core level. Chalise’s debut poetry collection Author and Melody is now available online through Melbournespokenword.com, and select bookstores across Melbourne