Spoken word darling and political fire Anisa Nandaula visits us from Brisbane! Enough Said slam master Lorin Elizabeth makes a much-anticipated return to the stage! Sovereign warrior woman Lizzy Jarrett embodies art, activism and resistance!
DOORS & OPEN MIC SIGNUP from 7
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.
Anisa Nandaula is a nationally recognised spoken word poet, play writer, educator and published author. She has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Splendour in the Grass, Queensland Poetry Festival and Women of the World Festival. She is the Queensland Slam Poetry Champion 2016 and placed second in the Australian National Slam Poetry finals. She is also the co-founder of the arts collective Voices of Colour which creates a space for diverse youth to share their work.
Her first book, Melanin Garden, uses language to paint a world that humanises migrants, refugees and minorities that are othered by society. The collection is filled with work that is simultaneously personal and political, merging love poems, personal-reflections, and commenting on race and gender in a captivating manner.
Lorin Elizabeth is a spoken word poet, organiser and teaching artist from Wollongong, who co-founded Enough Said Poetry Slam and is published widely, including in Going Down Swinging’s audio anthology.
She has toured the USA poetry slam circuit, featured at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Albuquerque, NM and self-published an EP called Poems.
Lorin has featured at Canberra’s Noted Festival, hosted The Rumble Youth Slam at Sydney Writers’ Festival and was a workshop facilitator and panelist for The Stella Prize’s Girls Write Up program in Canberra, Sydney and Wodonga.
Lizzy Jarrett is a sovereign warrior woman from the Gumbaynggirr, Bundjalung, Dunghutti clans and is a direct descendant of the original Stolen Generations. She now makes it her life duty to help advocate for her peoples' rights through activism, poetry, art, music and volunteering to community.
She is a member of Grandmothers Against Removals Sydney, an organisation that fights for the return and restoration of Aboriginal families that are still being torn apart by government policies. She is also a core member of FIRE (Fighting in Resistance Equally).
We pay our respects to the Gadigal and Wangal peoples of the Eora nation, on whose lands we work and play. We recognise they never ceded sovereignty or authority to any state or corporate entity. Those of us who are not Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander live, work and play on stolen land, born of genocide, in what is currently a white extremist state. We'd like to pay respects to First Nations storytellers in our community.