Sharifa Tartoussi, winner of Slamalamadingdong for November, performing ‘Ya Jabal (Mountains)’ at Slamalamadingdong, November 24, 2016.

Slamalamadingdong happens on the last Thursday of every month at 24 Moons, Northcote. See melbournespokenword.com/events for upcoming events.

A closet poet freshly un-closeted, Sharifa utilises both page and stage to navigate through her Arab roots and her pseudo-western upbringing, discussing everything from the loss of identity and homeland to the humanness we all observe as we travel through life. A fire at heart, tamed only by the oxygen that fuels it, she wavers between waning embers and raging inferno depending on the day and the issue. Most days, she can be found trying to get to the root of all things wacky and wonderful and sometimes, she writes things.

Benjamin Solah

Benjamin Solah

Benjamin Solah is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, activist and the Director of Melbourne Spoken Word. He grew up in Western Sydney before calling Melbourne home in 2008, where he's performed since 2010 around Melbourne's regular spoken word and poetry nights including Passionate Tongues, The Dan Poets, Voices in the Attic and House of Bricks as well as the NGV and White Night. He's released a chapbook, broken bodies, and two spoken word albums, Duel Power with Santo Cazzati and The World Doesn't Make Sense EP.
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