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Griffinspeak in person featuring Awale Ahmed and Alushka Rajaram

September 17, 2022 @ 6:00 pm 9:00 pm

Join us for our first IRL event since the beginning of the pandemic, with two powerhouse feature poets to reignite the embers of your soul.

About this event

We acknowledge the GriffinSpeak and its related activities take place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation and the Wamba Wamba, Latji Latji, Tatti Tatti, Waddi Waddi and Barapa Barapa people of the Wamba Wamba, Latji Latji, Tatti Tatti, Waddi Waddi and Barapa Barapa nations , we acknowledge that the tradition of oral story originated with the first nations people of this land, we acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded and this always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

GriffinSpeak is back in person after our hiatus and is kicking off with not one, but two powerhouse features in our new home in North Melbourne.

We are remarkably grateful to our features, Alushka Rajaram and Awale Ahmed for joining us to start a new era of storytelling by that places marginalised people, particularly BIPOC people at its centre.

About Alushka:

Alushka is the founder of ‘Speak your soul’, an audio-visual performance event for women of colour. She entered the poetry scene by winning Slamalamadingdong in August 2016 and opening for Anthony Anaxagorou during his Melbourne performance of his Australian tour. She was also the sacrificial poet for the Victorian heat of the Australian poetry slam in 2016. Her first anthology of poems ‘Stardust’ was published earlier this year.

About Awale:

Awale Ahmed is a multilingual writer and a storyteller who shares stories through the medium of poetry and storytelling. Awale was born in Somalia and he had to leave his birth country due to the civil war. He grew up in the middle east (Saudi Arabia) and recently migrated to Australia.He firmly believes that artists in general are the true guardians of our creativity, childhood spirit and imagination. He believes in the power of sharing the human experience and spreading joy and happiness to others. Also, he is an advocate for social justice, asylum seekers and refugee rights.”

We are also back with spaces on the open mic, with 3-5 minute slots in which to share to your heart’s content

some more information:

when you book, you’ll be sent your ticketing link via email, please print this out and present it on the night, we will also have tickets on the door.

If you’d like to hop on the open mic please let us know via DM on our instagram page or let us know on the day (we are so flex)

Unfortunately, the venue is not entirely wheelchair accessible with a large step into the space from the back entrance and a flight of stairs from the front. Our toilets are also up a flight of stairs from our main space. We apologise for the inconvenience this causes and are actively working with the venue to rectify this in the future.


September 17, 2022
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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78-80 curzon street
North Melbourne, 3051
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