Ashleigh Russell performs “If I Had…” at Slamalamadingdong, on September 24, 2017.

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Ashleigh hit poetic puberty late. She started out to boost her confidence but still freaks out at every performance. Ashleigh’s poetry explores politics, mental health and self-affirmation. Ashleigh is raw and deeply honest in her poetry and like in life, will always tell it like it is. Her style is comedic to a point, because if she doesn’t laugh, she’ll cry. Ashleigh takes inspiration from no one and everyone at the same time. Ashleigh likes to binge on Netflix and smash the patriarchy in her spare time.

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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