Adam Ford is the author of the poetry books The Third Fruit is a Bird, Not Quite the Man for the Job and From My Head, the novel Man Bites Dog and the short story collection Heroes and Civilians. He is the genius behind the cult-hit website Monkey Punch Dinosaur and the twitter novel Aramis Fox. He also makes zines and comics.
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Erin Greer is a Melbourne based artist. After early aspirations to become a professional break dancer were cut short due to no skill and a lack of core body strength, Erin found her true calling in artistic pursuits. Erin has studied illustration and painting and employs a variety of mediums to create her dream like imagery, from watercolour to aerosol.
Her work can be viewed at various exhibitions / venues / streets around Melbourne.
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Katie Keys is a thirty-something non-Indigenous Australian Brit. A poet, writer, performer and arts manager, her creative and professional work has been published in anthologies, magazines and online. Director of Writers Victoria. Writing ‘Poetry by LED’ at the Arts Centre Melbourne in July. Katie publishes one tiny little poem each day on Twitter to make sure she never goes a day without writing.
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alicia sometimes is a poet, writer, broadcaster and musician. She has been published in Australia and overseas in such publications as Best Australian Poems 2006, Cordite, Verandah, Westerly, Heat, Poetrix, Short Fuse, Hecate, papertiger, Blue Dog, Overland, and Meanjin. She has performed spoken word over 400 times as a feature or guest at many venues, festivals and events in Australia, Berlin, London and New Zealand, also appearing on the SBS TV program Nomad and ABC TV shows Recovery and Sunday Arts. Her work has appeared on many spoken word CDs, including Going Down Swinging, You Talkin To Me?, Short Fuse (US) and Synaptic Graffiti. Her first collection of poetry, kissing the curve was released in 2003 through Five Islands Press.
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Tasmanian playwright Tom Holloway studied in London at the Royal Court Theatre’s Invitational Writers’ Program in 2006 and his play The Bus aired on ABC Radio National. In 2007, Beyond the Neck, inspired by interviews with those affected by the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, was one of 10 plays chosen to be part of the Royal Court Theatre’s International Young Playwrights’ Festival in London. The play had a sell-out season in Tasmania in September 2007, and in 2008 the play won the AWGIE award for Best Stage Play and was published by Playlab Press. Tom’s play Don’t Say the Words was produced in 2008 by the Tasmanian Theatre Company and Griffin Theatre Company and received great critical acclaim. The play has been published by Currency Press. Red Sky Morning was , commissioned and produced by Red Stitch Theatre in Melbourne, won the 2007 RE Ross Trust Development Award and was funded by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for development from first draft to performance readiness. It played to great acclaim in 2008, and was described as “play of the year” by the Sunday Age.
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Laurence Leung by Helen Melville
Lawrence Leung is an award-winning Australian comedian/TV writer who has been performing internationally since 2001. He is known in comedy circles for his personal storytelling style, “social experiments”, quest-based solo shows and obsession with obscure or nerdy topics like puzzles, 80s childhood icons, con artists, psychology and ghosts.
Emilie Zoey Baker is a published award winning poet and slam champion. She has performed her poetry all around the world and is a state coordinator for the Australian Poetry Slam. She is also the winner of the Berlin International Slam as part of the 2010 Berlin International Literature Festival. She is co-cordinater of the Liner Notesspoken word tributes to classic albums. She has featured at Women Of Letters, Ted, The Sydney Writers Festival, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, as well as the Bowery in NYC and The Green Mill in Chicago. She also coordinates The Super Poets, who travel into schools exciting and delighting kids about the joys of writing and performing poetry, and developed the first state teen team poetry slam called OutLoud.
Richard Watts is a Melbourne-based arts writer and broadcaster. The founder of the Emerging Writers’ Festival and a Life Member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, he has worked for a wide array of arts organisations and sat on numerous boards. In addition to writing for artsHub, Richard presents the weekly program SmartArts on 3RRR. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts
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Lally Katz by Gary Heery
Lally Katz is a graduate of the University of Melbourne’s School of Studies in Creative Arts and studied playwriting at London’s Royal Court Theatre. She is a core member of Stuck Pigs Squealing Theatre, which has rapidly built a reputation as one of the country’s most exciting theatre companies. Her plays include Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd, Frankenstein, The Black Swan of Trespass, The Eisteddfod, Lally Katz and the Terrible Mysteries of the Volcano, Criminology (with Tom Wright) and Goodbye New York, Goodbye Heart. Awards include several Green Room and Melbourne Fringe Awards, the Melbourne Green Room Award for Best Independent Production and a New York International Fringe Festival Producer’s Choice Award.
Photo of Lally by Gary Heery, from here.
Esther Anatolitis (selfie)
Writer and arts advocate Esther Anatolitis is Director of Regional Arts Victoria and Co-Curator of Architecture+Philosophy. Her writing is critical and experimental, and she actively fosters connections among artists, arts organisations, ideas and place. Esther was formerly CEO of Express Media, Craft Victoria, SYN Media and Melbourne Fringe, and was a founder of the Emerging Writers’ Festival. Esther has created old and new media work on Australian cultural diversity for SBS, the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council, FECCA’s Australian Mosaic, the Antipodes Festival, the Antithesis Festival, RealTime Arts and WogLife. Most recently Esther has written for the Age, un Magazine, Houses, Artichoke, the Kiev International Biennale catalogue, and The Emerging Reader
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