Alushka Rajaram, winner of Slamalamadingdong in August, performs ‘Dear People’ at Slamalamadingdong.

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Alushka Rajaram is a Melbourne based poet who has only recently hit the spoken word scene. She was born in South Africa and spent her teenage years trying to fit into the coastal life of Frankston in Victoria. Her work reflects on her African heritage and struggles with being an immigrant. Although new to performing, she hopes to continue using spoken word as a platform for self expression and to insight conversation around contemporary social justice issues.

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.
Benjamin Solah