From page to stage, let the words take flight! Come experience live some of Australia’s most vibrant performance and slam poets featured within the groundbreaking spoken-word anthology Solid Air.
The showcase includes special feature sets by Tishani Doshi and champion beatboxer Hope One, as well as Melanie Mununggurr-Williams, Pascalle Burton, Tug Dumbly, David Hallett, Anisa Nandaula, Oma Sakr, David Stavanger, and Anne-Marie Te Whiu.
Tishani Doshi is an award-winning writer and dancer of Welsh-Gujarati descent. In 2006, her book of poems Countries of the Body won the Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection in the UK. Her most recent books are a collection of poems Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods (shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award) and a novel, Small Days and Nights. Tishani Doshi will also appear in Byron Writers Festival’s main program.
Hope One is respected as one of the top female beatboxers in the world. Descending from the Te Ati Haunui-a-Pãpãrangi tribe and the Ngati Maniapoto tribe, she is currently the only Maori female professional beatboxer. Hope can also be found touring the world with international award-winning theatre show Hot Brown Honey.
Melanie Mununggurr-Williams is a writer, poet, and the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam Champion. Melanie is a Djapu woman from Yirrkala in northeast Arnhem Land, and her writing is often focused around family, place, and her identity as an Aboriginal woman.
Solid Air: Spoken Word Showcase Friday 2 August 8.30pm at Byron Theatre. $15. Tickets at www.byronwritersfestival.com/satellite-events.