Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham St, Sydney, New South Wales 2204, Australia

Poetry in Sydney

3 Dec: Eleanor Jackson & Mama Alto

Two of Melbourne's finest femmes grace us for Word in Hand's last gig of 2019: gender transcendent diva Mama Alto and feminist freewheeler friend Eleanor Jackson

Expect song, radical softness, and sharp storytelling. Eleanor's set features a musical collaboration with Tom Hogan.


OPEN MIC at 7:30
FEATURE ACTS from 8:30

Open mic welcomes you to share a poem or story! Whether it's through words, song, or rhyme: the stage is there to be shared. Sign up on the night, 3 MINUTE time limit.

Word in Hand has a 'safer spaces' policy, which means that performers and audiences are respected and given space to tell their stories. No discrimination.

About the Artists

Mama Alto


Mama Alto is a jazz singer, cabaret artiste & gender transcendent diva. She is a transgender & queer person of colour who works with the radical potential of storytelling, strength in softness and power in vulnerability. 

Fierce, femme and fabulous, she has performed at beloved venues including The Butterfly Club, Brisbane Powerhouse, Chapel off Chapel,  The Famous Spiegeltent, Gluttony, Hares & Hyenas, The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne Recital Centre, the National Gallery of Victoria, Porcelain Tea Parlour & more, and festivals such as Adelaide Cabaret Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Feast (Adelaide), Emerging Writers Festival, Festival of Voices (Hobart), Marysville Jazz & Blues, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Midsumma (Melbourne), Stonnington Jazz, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Wonderland (Brisbane) & more.

In 2018, she released four studio albums on vinyl, CD and digital release, all recorded with original analogue 1950s recording equipment. Vinyls & CDs are available here, and you can find Mama on Spotify, Apple Music, and many other popular streaming platforms.


“Divine” (The Havana Tribune)

“Near flawless” (The Age)

“A knockout” (The Herald Sun)

Eleanor Jackson


Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer, cyclist, writer, gal about town, feminist, freewheeler, and friend. 

One day, she is going to be an ideas curator. Which basically means, she will tell you exactly what she thinks. Until then, you’ll have to read between the lines. A regular guest at Australian literary and arts festivals, Eleanor has been described as capable of creating “powerful quiet”.

Her poetry is published in Overland Journal, Arc Poetry Magazine, Australian Poetry Journal, Bareknuckle Poet Annual Anthology, Going Down Swinging, Peril Magazine, Scum Magazine and the Cordite Poetry Review, FBI’s “All the Best”, RRR’s “Aural Text”, 3CR’s “Spoken Word”, ABC Radio National’s “Night Air” and the online poetry channel, “IndieFeed: Performance Poetry”. Her radio play, Agent Ion, was featured as a part of Radiotonic for ABC Radio National, and her short fiction, The Transfer, appeared in Review of Australian Fiction. In 2014-2015, she was Artist in Residence at La Boite Theatre in Brisbane.

Her live album, One Night Wonders, is available for digital download through Going Down Swinging. Her chapbook, A Leaving, was published by Vagabond Press in 2018.

Tom Hogan (Scott Sandwich)


Tom Hogan is a multidisciplinary artist working in music composition and radio art, as well as written and performance work. 

He has designed over 100 plays, performances, and dance works presented all over Australia. He produced the musical projects and podcasts "Missing Richard Mercer" and "Obscure Music History" - which was nominated for Best Comedy in the 2018 Podcast Awards. He was the host of the 2019 Podcast Awards. He is currently producing and hosting "Polish Club's Sophomore Slump".

His work has been featured in galleries across Finland, Norway, Sweden, Benin, Lithuania, and Spain. He founded the production company Ten Tonne Sparrow, co-wroting and performing "Tamagotchi Reset & Other Doomsdays" (2017) and "The Epic" (2015) which toured nationally in 2018, as well as collaborating with Melbourne artist Bonnie Leigh-Dodds on "Love Song Dedications (without Richard Mercer)" (2018), which was nominated for two Green Room Awards.