Word Travels will be showcasing some of the best performing writers that Sydney has to offer. These wordsmiths will give you jitters with their explosive energy and dynamic lyrical punches, only to have you sighing a deep 'awwwwww' with their moving displays of vulnerability.
Catch Gloria Demillo, Hani Abdile, Lewis-Alan Trathen and Chris Fung all on the same stage at 12:30 PM or you can check out their individual sets throughout the day.
Gloria Demillo: 11.30PM
Gloria is a poet, a student, and a bad cacti owner. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts, double major in Sociology and Anthropology and Creative Writing.
Gloria was a NSW finalist for Australian Poetry Slam 2014, and in the same year, her short story won highly-commended fiction for the University of New South Wales literary journal, ‘UNSWeentend’, and her poetry was published in the Bankstown Poetry Slam Anthology, ‘On Second Thought’. Gloria has featured at numerous poetry events throughout Sydney, and has opened for international performance poets such as Mayda del Valle and Candy Royalle. Gloria co-runs the poetry slam club at the University of New South Wales.
Poetry showcase: 12.30PM
All the poets will hit the stage!
Hani Abdile: 2PM
Hani is a young Somali writer. She writes poetry and prose and previously wrote and published a small newspaper called CC Weekly. Her work is vibrant and her spirit strong. Hani wrote from detention where she was held for 13 months until mid 2014.
Hani is a lead member of the writing group Writing Through Fences. She now runs The Arrivalists a weekly poetry night in Newtown. She has performed for several major events and will publish her first book later this year. She is an honorary member of PEN International.
Chris Fung: 3PM
Chris holds a BA in Performance Studies and Education from Sydney University, and is working to complete a B. Musical Theatre from the Queensland Conservatorium by November. In 2014, Chris toured in Opera Australia’s national production of ‘The King and I’, understudying and performing the role of ‘The King’ to 25 audiences. Next year, Chris hopes to enrol in and complete a Masters of Teaching, with the intention of becoming a Secondary Drama and Music teacher. Chris largely writes feature articles for AussieTheatre.com, and spoken word performance pieces for his wife, who he hopes to continually distract from the reality that she could have done so much better than he.
Lewis-Alan Trathen: 4PM
Lewis-Alan is a poet and spoken word performer from Sydney, Australia. He is currently studying English Literature at the University of New South Whales and is well aware of his employment opportunities or lack thereof thank you very much. When not buried under conspicuous amounts of university work, Lewis-Alan enjoys long walks at night, deafening concerts and forgetting people’s names. His works explore natural and industrial landscapes, culture and existentialism, the grotesque, and language itself. His debut chapbook Dear Green Eyes was released on the 17th of June and his poetry was most recently published in Unsweetened 2015.