Cas Lee, the winner of the Slamalamadingdong Gender Outlaw Slam, performs ‘Brush.’
Cas is a young Korean-Australian poet, who is a currently studying at Monash University. As an advocate of positive social change, Cas uses poetry to touch upon themes of identity, mental health and interpersonal connections; exploring how wide arrays of social issues influence the nature of our relationships with others. Cas’s passion about mental health, serves as her motivator to revolutionise its study as an aspiring future psychiatrist.
Alison Whittaker reads ‘Murrispacetime’ as part Blakwork, reading for the Melbourne Visiting Poets Program, at The Wheeler Centre in August 2018.
Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet, life writer and essayist from Gunnedah and Tamworth, north-western New South Wales. She now lives in Sydney on Wangal land, and is recently returned from the US, where she received a 2017 Fulbright Indigenous Postgraduate Scholarship to complete a Master of Laws (LLM) at Harvard. Her poem MANY GIRLS WHITE LINEN received the Judith Wright Poetry Prize in 2017. She is the author of Lemons in the Chicken Wire (Magabala Books), the debut collection that established her as a powerful new voice in poetry.
Her next book, Blakwork (forthcoming from Magabala), is a stunning mix of memoir, reportage, fiction, satire and critique. Blakwork is an original and unapologetic collection from which two things emerge: an incomprehensible loss, and the poet’s fearless examination of the present.
Jennifer Compton performing ‘in the museum of the wars’, which received an Honourable Mention at The 2018 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
Jennifer Compton lives in Melbourne and is a poet and playwright who also writes prose. When it comes to the poetry side of things she likes to have it every which way possible. She very much likes winning the Newcastle Poetry Prize and being given the big cheque. And she also very much likes the hurly burly of the open mic.
The 2018 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize People’s Choice Award winner, Rania Ahmed, performs ‘Red Velvet.’
Rania Ahmed has been writing from a young age but only started perusing poetry seriously in 2015 when she joined the West Writers Group at the Footscray Community Art Centre. Rania aims to change perspective via poetry and thus inspire the change within.
The winner of The 2018 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, Natalie Jeffreys performs ‘The Purity of Sadness’ at Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre on Friday, December 7, 2018.
Natalie Jeffreys is a singer-songwriter, composer, and spoken word poet based in Melbourne. Her music and poetry explore the intersection of faith, beauty, mental health, playful storytelling, and comedy. You’ll never find her too far away from her tenor ukulele, her piano, her microphone, or her notebook (er, iPad), writing lyrics and poetry in any circumstance.
Natalie won the 2018 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize at the Northcote Town Hall in December 2018. She was the winner of GriffinSlam 2018 and featured at GriffinSpeak in September 2018. She has also featured at events such as Faith Speaks and Piano and the Poet.
Natalie is the creative mind behind Puddledog Productions, a business where she creates customized songs as personalized gifts. She is currently composing her first Musical, Couches, a compilation of stories from seven very different people who own the same couch, and is also writing her first screenplay for original web-series Quarter Tones, a satirical commentary into the workings of a large scale arts organisation.
She loves dogs, She loves people, but also secretly wishes that all people were dogs.
Zaynab G Farah, winner of November’s Slamalamadingdong performs She is Light at The Melba Spiegeltent.
Zaynab is a Melbourne-based Spoken word artist. Driven to support and give back to her community; her pieces explore intricate personal experiences and topics that she’s very passionate about. Zaynab has performed on various platforms, which include both community and local events.