Rochelle D’silva performing ‘Do birds ever die of old age?’ at Girls on Key, February 1, 2016.

Filmed by Brendan Bonsack, with the assistance of Philip Kent-Hughes.

Girls on Key is hosted on the 1st Wednesday of the month, at Open Studio, Northcote.

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Rochelle is a page/performance poet who writes about her travels, cultural influences and personal experiences. She’s been performing since 2011 and runs a monthly open mic in Bombay called ‘Words Tell Stories’. She also started the first slam in the city called ‘Mumbai Poetry Slam’. Rochelle has been published in numerous anthologies and has performed on various stages across Australia, Malaysia, Nepal and India. She has a love affair with trees and hopes to live in a tree-house someday. She is more poet than human and has perfect bottle-opening hands. Catch her at a poetry gig before she disappears into the mountains.

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