Upcoming Events


Hong Kong International Literary Festival
Nov
5
to Nov 10

Hong Kong International Literary Festival

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Poetry In The Prison Yard

Date: Monday, November 5, 2018
Time: 6.00pm -  6.15pm
Location: Prison Yard, Tai Kwun

“International and local poets will come together for this live performance in the one-time Prison Yard of the former Central Police Station.

Join us in the evenings on Monday to Thursday to celebrate the spoken word in the open air. Expect appearances from 2017 Australian Slam Poet Champion Jesse Oliver, Word Travels Director Miles Merrill and Peel Street Poets Nashua Gallagher, Henrik Hoeg, Akin Jeje, Susan Lavender, Vishal Nanda, Sam Powney and Tegan Smyth!

Poetry in the Prison Yard will take place every evening at the same time from 5 to 8 November.”

Jess Oliver and Miles Merrill are appearing at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, click here for more information!

Wake Up! with Jesse Oliver

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Time: 8.30pm - 10.00pm
Location: F Hall, Tai Kwun

What started out in Jesse Oliver’s Perth bedroom as a practice to combat crippling social anxiety led to Oliver’s being crowned Australian Poetry Slam Champion in 2017.

Oliver’s work is honest, funny and candid, blending his personal experiences of mental illness, gender transition and homelessness with the universal themes of love and dreams. Oliver will be in conversation with Miles Merrill and the event will be followed by an exciting session of slam poetry alongside Hong Kong’s Peel Street Poets.

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LGBTQ+ and Inclusivity in the Arts

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 8.30pm - 10.00pm
Location: F Hall, Tai Kwun

With the advent of the Internet, queer writers have more outlets than ever before—but are mainstream readers really hearing what they have to say?

What will it take for us to achieve a truly diverse literary world? Join LGBTQ+ artists Ivan Coyote and Jesse Oliver as they tackle these questions and the topic of inclusivity in the international literary scene with moderator Brenda R. Alegre.

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Slam Poetry Workshop

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Location: A Hall, Tai Kwun

Last year, Perth native Jesse Oliver won the title of 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Champion.

Listening to his confidently delivered rhythms and rhymes, it’s hard to imagine that this gifted performer started slamming from the safety of his bedroom, as a way to combat intense social anxiety. Meet Oliver in this slam poetry workshop, where you will hear about his writing journey and learn how to unleash your own creativity through improvisational writing.

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Singapore Writers Festival
Nov
3
to Nov 5

Singapore Writers Festival

Make Yourself Heard!: Create Your Own Spoken-Word Piece

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 11.30am - 1.00pm
Location: Asian Civilisations Museum, Discovery Room

“Have something to say and not sure how to express it effectively? Script and perform your own performance poetry inspired by your own experiences in this workshop by award-winning Australian performance poet, Jesse Oliver. Learn how you can get inspired by disparate influences like music lyrics and video game narratives.
This session is recommended for ages 13 to 16.”

Our 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Adult Champion Jesse Oliver is appearing at the Singapore Writers Festival, check out the program here!

Getting "Woke": Voices Of The Youth

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Location: Funan Showsuite, Junction of Hill Street and High Street

“Don’t underestimate the millennials. They may have been dismissed as “Generation Me”, but increasing evidence shows they are also resourceful and can be a force to be reckoned with. From student rallies in the US rallying against gun violence to “Instapoets” turning poetry books into bestsellers, they can effect change. Three speakers who have harnessed youths towards positivity will discuss why they work with young people and how the latter can be mobilised for good.”

Word Travels Director Miles Merrill is appearing at the Singapore Writers Festival, check out the program here!

Str8 Up: Word On The Street

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 8.00pm - 9.30pm
Location: The Arts House (TAH), Chamber

“As former US president Barack Obama says, “The thing about hip-hop today is it’s smart, it’s insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable.” Issues of integration, empathy and intercultural dialogue are pre-eminent in the current age of discord. In this special event, writers, musicians and performance poets take to the stage to highlight the kindred spirit linking poetry, rap and hip-hop, and wrestle with the concerns that afflict our times.”

Our 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Adult Champion Jesse Oliver is appearing at the Singapore Writers Festival, check out the program here!

Stand Up And Deliver

Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm
Location: National Gallery Singapore, Rooftop Studio 1

“Have something to get off your chest or a confession to make public? Learn from Miles Merrill – an award-winning writer-performer, director of Word Travels and founder of the Australian Poetry Slam – on the techniques on communicating effectively in person. A useful workshop for anyone who finds public speaking daunting – whether it’s spoken word, performance poetry or stand-up.

This workshop is recommended for adults aged 18 and above, as well as aspiring spoken-word artists.”

Word Travels Director Miles Merrill is appearing at the Singapore Writers Festival! Check out the program here!

Hip Hop & Rock: Voices Across Generations

Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 3.00pm - 4.00pm
Location: The Arts House (TAH), Play Den

“Rap star Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer prize while rock legend Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote a sung-and-rapped-through musical based on the life of American Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. Why and how have popular musicians become the prophets of our times? This panel will trace the rise of popular music and its variant genres in reflecting the social currents through the decades.”

Our 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Adult Champion Jesse Oliver is appearing at the Singapore Writers Festival, check out the program here!

Grit Within The Pages

Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 8.00pm - 9.00pm
Location: Empress Lawn, Singapore

“To be or not to be, that is the question. Whether it is noble in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?” asks Hamlet. For many, writing is the best companion in life as one faces tribulations. These writers will share how their writing -- either through spoken-word, poetry or memoir -- have supported them through difficult times.”

Our 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Adult Champion Jesse Oliver is appearing at the Singapore Writers Festival, check out the program here!

Late Night Confessions: "I Never Told Anyone..."

Date: Monday, November 5, 2018
Time: 9.00pm - 10.30pm
Location: Empress Lawn, Singapore

“Great confessional writers understand that their words can be a rich source of redemption and salvation. Through clear-eyed candour and unflinching honesty, they channel their deepest secrets. Don’t miss this nocturnal gathering where eight speakers come clean on what keeps them awake at night.”

Word Travels Director Miles Merrill is appearing at the Singapore Writers Festival, check out the program here!

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Poetry Slam Workshop
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Poetry Slam Workshop

Create a piece of poetry using your own experiences, community and sense of identity as sources of inspiration. Find new ways of expressing your creative ideas using live performance, writing techniques, and video references.

Join multi-award winning poet Philip Wilcox (2015 Australian Poetry Slam Champion and two-time NSW Poetry Slam Champion) for this awesome free workshop for ages 12-24.

Philip has featured in major events like Sydney Writers' FestivalWollongong Writers' Festival and Newtown Festival, where he performed for a crowd of over 8 000. Philip headlined the Melbourne event Voices in the Attic and represented NSW against Victoria in an interstate exhibition slam.

Philip is also a playwright. He co-wrote and directed Thursday - the most popular production of the 2013 Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival.

Free pizza provided on the evening!

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Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
Oct
25
to Oct 26

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

The Big Read: Poetry Edition

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Time: 1.00pm - 2.15pm
Location: Taman Baca. Festival Hub, Jl. Raya Sanggingan

“It’s one of life’s pleasures: having someone read to you. We’ve assembled a lineup of our most masterful poets in a little corner of the Festival devoted to the loveliness of listening. Grab a bite from our food stalls, put your feet up, and let our scribes take care of the rest.”

Our 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Adult Champion Jesse Oliver is appearing at Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, check out the program here!

Live Music & Arts: Poetry Slam

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
Time: 8.00pm - 9.00pm
Location: Betelnut. Jl. Raya Ubud

“Get prepared to get loud: live literature hits the stage for the UWRF’s celebrated Poetry Slam, one of the most sizzling events of the Festival. From global poets to local sensations, who will win the crowd, and who will go out in a blaze of spoken word glory? Register to participate on the door, one hour before.

Supported by The Barrett Reid Foundation – honoring the late Shelton Lea.” 

Our 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Adult Champion Jesse Oliver is appearing at Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, check out the program here!

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Poetry Tour: A storytelling journey
Sep
8
to Sep 9

Poetry Tour: A storytelling journey

Saturday 8 September
Session 1
- 1pm - 1.30pm
Session 2 - 2pm - 2.30pm

Sunday 9 September
Session 1
- 1pm - 1.30pm
Session 2 - 2pm - 2.30pm

 

Poetry Tour: A storytelling journey

Walk the line between truth and fiction as four wordsmiths, hidden in the MCA Galleries, emerge to tell you their side of a story. Be guided through the themes of Sun Xun’s incredible exhibition and be taken on an unconventional storytelling journey.

Presented in collaboration with MCA as part of Conversation Starters: Truth or Dare, a weekend of art, questions and discussion – inspired by the work of Sun Xun.

 

About the poets

Elliot Cameron
Elliot is a spoken word artist, poet and educator based in Sydney. In 2017, he was a finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam Sydney Final and Bankstown Poetry Slam. Elliot has been involved with the Rumble Youth Poetry Slam Workshops and the 2018 WORD LIVE performance responding to MCA Collection exhibitions Word and Jon Campbell.

Jesse Oliver
Jesse is a Perth-based slam poet known for his conversational style and exploration of lived experiences including homelessness, gender transition and mental illness. Reigning Adult Champion of the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam, Jesse has appeared on national platforms, including the Emerging Writers Festival, the National Young Writers Festival and the Australian Poetry Slam National Final.

Srisha Sritharan
Srisha is an Australian-born Tamil poet who explores contemporary socio-politics through spoken word performance. In 2017, she won the Australian Poetry Slam NSW State Final and appeared in Vertigo Magazine and ABC Lateline. Her recent work 'FAKE NEWS’ features her winning slam over Kendrick Lamar's 2015 track ‘These Walls’.

Eunice Andrada
Eunice is a Filipina poet, journalist, lyricist and teaching artist based in Sydney. Featured in The Guardian, CNN International, ABC News and other media, she has also performed her poetry in diverse international stages, from the Sydney Opera House and the deserts of Alice Springs to the United Nations Climate Negotiations in Paris. Eunice co-produced and curated Harana, a series of poetry tours led by Filipina-Australians in response to the Passion and Procession exhibition in the Art Gallery of NSW. Her first poetry collection Flood Damages (Giramondo Books) was published earlier this year.

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Would you like a poem with that?
Sep
8
to Sep 9

Would you like a poem with that?

Saturday 8 September
Session 1
- 11.30am - 12.30pm
Session 2 - 3pm - 4pm

Sunday 9 September
Session 1
- 11.30am - 12.30pm
Session 2 - 3pm - 4pm

 

Would you like a poem with that?

Sit face to face with a professional poet while sipping tea (and taking in the view) at the MCA Cafe. Pick a word and watch the wordsmith forge it – armed with Sun Xun’s philosophies on truth – into rhythm, rhyme or balladry. Free with any purchase from the MCA Cafe.

With spoken word artists Srisha Sritharan, Elliot Cameron, Jesse Oliver and Eunice Andrada.

'Would you like a poem with that?' is a collaboration between Word Travels and MCA as part of Conversation Starters: Truth or Dare, a festival of art, questions and discussion – inspired by the work of Sun Xun.

 

About the poets

Elliot Cameron
Elliot is a spoken word artist, poet and educator based in Sydney. In 2017, he was a finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam Sydney Final and Bankstown Poetry Slam. Elliot has been involved with the Rumble Youth Poetry Slam Workshops and the 2018 WORD LIVE performance responding to MCA Collection exhibitions Word and Jon Campbell.

Jesse Oliver
Jesse is a Perth-based slam poet known for his conversational style and exploration of lived experiences including homelessness, gender transition and mental illness. Reigning Adult Champion of the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam, Jesse has appeared on national platforms, including the Emerging Writers Festival, the National Young Writers Festival and the Australian Poetry Slam National Final.

Srisha Sritharan
Srisha is an Australian-born Tamil poet who explores contemporary socio-politics through spoken word performance. In 2017, she won the Australian Poetry Slam NSW State Final and appeared in Vertigo Magazine and ABC Lateline. Her recent work 'FAKE NEWS’ features her winning slam over Kendrick Lamar's 2015 track ‘These Walls’.

Eunice Andrada
Eunice is a Filipina poet, journalist, lyricist and teaching artist based in Sydney. Featured in The Guardian, CNN International, ABC News and other media, she has also performed her poetry in diverse international stages, from the Sydney Opera House and the deserts of Alice Springs to the United Nations Climate Negotiations in Paris. Eunice co-produced and curated Harana, a series of poetry tours led by Filipina-Australians in response to the Passion and Procession exhibition in the Art Gallery of NSW. Her first poetry collection Flood Damages (Giramondo Books) was published earlier this year.

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Joelle Taylor - Spoken Word Performance and Workshop
Aug
29
6:00 PM18:00

Joelle Taylor - Spoken Word Performance and Workshop

Performance: 6:00pm – 6:30pm (free entry)

Workshop: 7pm – 9pm ($45.40 general, $31.68 concession)

Book tickets here

To celebrate the launch of award-winning poet Joelle Taylor's powerful new collection ‘Songs My Enemy Taught Me’ the artist is performing a selection of works for the public. 

Impassioned, compassionate and fearless, the collection follows the journey of women’s experiences globally, from small moments of oppression through everyday incidents of resistance, toward ultimate rebellion. 

Following the spoken word performance, Joelle will run a workshop on creating powerful work with a focus on social change.  

This performance and workshop is a collaboration between Word Travels, Writers Republic. and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

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TEDx Sydney 2018
Jun
15
12:00 AM00:00

TEDx Sydney 2018

Come along to TEDx Sydney 2018 to witness an inspiring array of speakers and performers showcasing films, talks, performances and debates on the theme 'HumanKind'.

Miles Merrill, the founder and Creative Director of Word Travels and the Australian Poetry Slam, will be speaking at the event about the importance of spoken word.

Our 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Champion, Solli Raphael, will also be featuring, performing spoken word at the event, from relatable kid experiences to environmental activism.

For more information or to book tickets, click here.

 

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The Rumble Youth Slam Final 2018
May
5
6:00 PM18:00

The Rumble Youth Slam Final 2018

Let's get ready to Rumble!

Sydney’s biggest annual youth poetry slam is back. Young poets spit with eloquence and wit, representing their communities in an all-out battle of spoken word and hip hop. You can listen, perform or even be a judge. Each poet has three minutes to shine.

The Rumble Youth Slam Final will take place on May 5th as part of the 2018 Sydney Writers' Festival. If you're 12 to 18 years old and and have something to say, this is your platform.

Hosted by Performing Writer and past Rumble Champion, Emily Crocker and featuring 2017 Rumble Champion, Georgia Chapman.

To sign-up to perform, shoot us an email at info@wordtravels.info

To book tickets head to the Sydney Writers' Festival page here.

For more information follow The Rumble on Facebook or check out the event here.

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C-Town Rumble
Apr
20
5:00 PM17:00

C-Town Rumble

Join us for a C-Town Rumble and hear from Campbelltown’s freshest young Spoken Word Artists. Each artist gets only three minutes to perform. No props, costumes, or music. Just a microphone and the power of their words. Judges are randomly selected from the audience and the top performers will go on to represent Campbelltown at the NSW Rumble Final, held at Sydney Writers Festival on Saturday 5 May.

Need a ride? Youth Off the Streets will be providing buses to assist young people and their families to attend this event. Please contact Youth Off the Streets to arrange a pick up time and location on 02 8796 6700 or email info@youthoffthestreets.com.au.

Youth Off the Streets will be providing a free community barbeque from 5pm.

To find out more information check out the Facebook event here or Campbelltown Art's Centre's website here.

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Fairfield City Rumble Poetry Slam Night
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Fairfield City Rumble Poetry Slam Night

Thursday, 19 April, 6pm - 7.30pm

SLAM night!

Are you ready to show off your talent? Join other local writers, rappers and performers as they take to the stage to compete for the chance to represent Fairfield at the NSW Rumble Final held at Sydney Writers Festival on Saturday 5 May, Riverside Theatre in Parramatta.

Sign up today or on the night. Registration on the night opens 5.30pm.

The SLAM is on at:
Whitlam Library Cabramatta
165 Railway Parade
Cabramatta, NDSW 2166

Phone: 9725 0333
Email: libraryenquiries@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au
Web: www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/library

Transport Information

By public transport the closest train station is Cabramatta Station (200m). The nearest bus stop is Cabramatta Interchange (200m).
By car the nearest parking station is Dutton Lane Car Park, located on Dutton Lane.          

 

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Fairfield City Rumble Slam Poetry Workshops
Apr
4
to Apr 19

Fairfield City Rumble Slam Poetry Workshops

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Wednesday, April 4, 4pm - 5.30pm
Wednesday, April 11, 4pm - 5.30pm
Thursday, April 19, 4pm - 5.30pm

Are you a writer, rapper, poet or performer? Be mentored through the process of writing and performing your own work at 3 free Rumble Youth Poetry workshops then show off your talent at the Poetry SLAM night on the 19th April [for ages 12 -18 years].

Workshops are delivered by talented spoken word artist, poet and educator Elliot Cameron who is a NSW Australian Poetry Slam, Sydney Slam, and Bankstown Slam finalist. Come and learn from the best - Elliot who grew up in Fairfield can be seen performing on Youtube.

Poetry SLAM: Write, Rap, and Let it All Out!

Workshops and SLAM are held at:
Whitlam Library Cabramatta
165 Railway Parade
Cabramatta, NDSW 2166

Phone: 9725 0333
Email: libraryenquiries@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au
Web: www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/library

Transport Information

By public transport the closest train station is Cabramatta Station (200m). The nearest bus stop is Cabramatta Interchange (200m).
By car the nearest parking station is Dutton Lane Car Park, located on Dutton Lane.    

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C-Town Rumble Slam Poetry Workshops
Mar
21
to Apr 11

C-Town Rumble Slam Poetry Workshops

Wednesdays, 21st, 28th March, 4th and 11th April | 5pm – 8pm

Got something to say? Come to our free workshops in spoken word, rap and poetry. No props, costumes or music. Just you, the mic, and the power of your voice. If you are young and have a way with words then come meet some of the best Slam Artists around.

Following the workshops, you will be given a chance to show off your talent at the C-TOWN RUMBLE to be held at Campbelltown Arts Centre during Youth Week on Saturday 21st April from 5pm til late. The winner from this event will go on to represent Campbelltown at the NSW Rumble Final, held at Sydney Writers Festival on Saturday 5 May.

Transport Information
Need a ride? Youth Off the Streets will be providing buses to and from the Koch Centre to assist young people to attend these workshops. 
Please contact Youth Off the Streets to book a pick up time and location
Phone 02 8796 6700 | Email info@youthoffthestreets.com.au.

For more information check out the Facebook event here or Campbelltown Arts Centre's website here.

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Multilingual Poetry Slam 2018
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Multilingual Poetry Slam 2018

Love language? Listen up!

Poets are invited to perform at the 2018 Multilingual Poetry Slam in their native language and share a three minute window into:

- Who they are.

- Where they're going.

- What they believe in.

This unique multilingual literary event is a proud part of the IN OTHER WORDS Festival and will be hosted by Sirine Demachkie, feature 2018 winner Hasitha Adhikariarachi and be followed by a short musical performance by Zaya Barroso.

Come along and listen or take part as multilingual writers perform poetry, share stories, croon lyrics, or monologue ideas about identity, culture and community…in various languages!

If you're interested in performing shoot us an email at info.wordtravels.info. Otherwise come down and sign-up at 7pm.

Whether you’re a proud performer or cheering crowd, join the diverse conversation.

For more information follow us on Facebook.

Also check out the IN OTHER WORDS Festival for more events going on!

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Poetry Slam Night: Your WORD
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

Poetry Slam Night: Your WORD

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Speak, scream, sing or whisper! One microphone, 20 poets, a live audience, 2 minutes and 5 randomly selected judges. Join us for this anarchic night of poetry slamming featuring you and your words.

Interested in taking part? Performers please arrive 30 minutes before the event to sign up. 

Hosted by Philip Wilcox.

About Philip Wilcox
Multi-award winning poet, Philip Wilcox, is the 2015 Australian Poetry Slam Champion and a two time NSW Poetry Slam Champion. He has wowed audiences with his lyrical prowess at writers and music festivals across the Asia-Pacific. philip-wilcox.com

Cost: Free

Location: MCA, Level 2

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Spoken WORD-Shop

Feb
3
2:00 PM14:00

Spoken WORD-Shop


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Do you want to slam? Your words and voice are the most powerful things you have. In this Spoken WORDShop, 2015 Australian Poetry Slam champion Philip Wilcox will provide you with the tools and techniques to find, explore, create and convey your personal poetic protest.

Buy Tickets here

Location: MCA Creative Studios, Level 3

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WORD Live
Feb
3
1:00 PM13:00

WORD Live

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Inspired by the WORD & Jon Campbell: MCA Collection exhibitions, three poetry slam artists bring their own lyrical protest march to the MCA. Spanning the political and the personal, these three masterful wordsmiths tackle some of Australia’s biggest issues with powerful poetry performed solo and in duets. Featuring artists Lizzie Kelly and Elliot Cameron as 'Paper Cranes, Please' and 2015 Australian Poetry Slam Champion, Philip Wilcox.

Cost: Free

Location: MCA Drop-in Galleries, Level 1

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