Wednesday, July 20 @ 6:30pm
63 Johnston Street Fitzroy
Has an Open Mic?
Door sales only.
Girls on Key is a poetry and music event series, featuring female identifying and LGBTQI+ artists in intimate settings.
Come along for the Melbourne session, following the launch of Ellen van Neerven’s poetry collection, with a support feature poet to be announced.
Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning writer of Mununjali and Dutch heritage. Her first book, Heat and Light (UQP, 2014), was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award and the Dobbie Literary Award. It was also shortlisted for The Stella Prize and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Comfort Food is her first collection of poetry.
Recently, Ellen was joint recipient of the new Indigenous Writers Prize, alongside Bruce Pascoe at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.
A portion of the funds raised from this event will be donated to the Red Cross Syrian Refugee Appeal.
Please note, Girls on Key will be running a small open mic section with pre-registrations. Keep an eye on the page for when these slots open.
Michael Pardy and Megan Scott both live down the far south of the Mornington Peninsula. This Friday they will be performing a selection of poems to celebrate Friday knock-off and welcome in another weekend at the beach.
Wheelchair Accessible. All Ages.
Alison Whittaker reads ‘A love like Dorothea’s’ as part Blakwork, a 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.
Sharifa Tartoussi performs ‘On blood and handprints’ at Slamalamadingdong in October 2018 at The Melba Spiegeltent.
Sharifa A Tartoussi is a dentist, poet and performer. She is involved in several creative projects, most notably becoming half the founding party of GriffinSpeak; a spoken word event that creates space for voices from marginalised groups around Melbourne. Her style has been described as teetering on the boundary between the fire that warms and the fire that burns with a mix of traditional storytelling, millennial boundary pushing and raw emotion with influences from eastern and western art and literature owing to her traditional Arab upbringing in a western climate. She released her first Chapbook “ColourBlind” in early 2018.