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

Poetry in Sydney

1 Oct: Solid Air book launch

Word in Hand launches Solid Air, a new collection of spoken word artistry from Australia & Aotearoa. Launched by editors David Stavanger and Anne-Marie Te Whiu, this special gig includes a feature set by Quinn Eades (Melb) and support sets from Evelyn Araluen, Lorin Elizabeth, Hadley, Sara Saleh & Saba Vasefi.

Solid Air showcases the work of more than 100 performance poets – combining elements of slam, hip-hop and experimental performance poetry – to deliver an unforgettable reading experience that is both literary and loud. Contributors (beyond our 6 feature artists above) include: Ali Cobby Eckermann, Omar Musa, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Taika Waititi, Quan (Regurgitator), Claire G. Coleman, Tayi Tibble, Hera Lindsay Bird, Behrouz Boochani, Luka Lesson, Steven Oliver, PiO, Candy Royalle, Michelle Law, Courtney Barnett, Selina Tusitala Marsh and many more. 

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.

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About the Artists

Quinn Eades

Quinn Eades is a research fellow and lecturer at La Trobe University. His poetry collection, Rallying, won the 2018 Mary Gilmore Award. Quinn is the author of all the beginnings: a queer autobiography of the body, and the co-editor of Going Postal, and Offshoot: Contemporary Life Writing Methodologies and Practice.

Evelyn Araluen

Evelyn Araluen is a poet and researcher working with Indigenous literatures. She’s won the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, and a Next Chapter Fellowship with the Wheeler Centre. Born, raised, and writing on Dharug country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung nation.

Lorin Elizabeth

Lorin Elizabeth is a spoken word poet, organiser and teaching artist from Thirroul, who co-founded Enough Said Poetry Slam and is published in Going Down Swinging’s audio anthology. In 2018, Lorin featured at Australian Poetry Slam heats with Queensland Poetry Festival and led workshops and panels for The Stella Prize’s Girls Write Up.


Hadley is a crime writer, poet and bookseller from Canberra/Brisbane/Sydney. He has performed his work at The Cloncurry Merry Muster and Rodeo, Sydney Opera House, Queensland Poetry Festival, and Alice Springs Writers Festival, where a leather daddy nearly choked him to death with a fistful of pavlova.

Sara Saleh

Sara Saleh is an Arab-Australian poet and long time campaigner for refugee rights and racial justice. Sara’s first poetry collection was released in 2016. Her poems have been published in English and Arabic in several publications. Sara is co-curator of the anthology Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity and is developing her debut novel.

Saba Vasefi

Saba Vasefi is a multi-award winning journalist and academic. She writes for the Guardian on the narratives of displacement, researches her PhD on Exilic Feminist Cinema and teaches at Macquarie University. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals including Transnational Literature and Wasafiri Magazine of International Contemporary Writing in UK.

About the Editors

David Stavanger

David Stavanger is an award-winning poet, performer, cultural producer, editor and lapsed psychologist. Author of The Special (UQP, 2014) and Co-Editor of the anthology SOLID AIR: Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP, 2019). He is also known as Green Room-nominated spoken word artist Ghostboy.

Anne-Marie Te Whiu

Anne-Marie Te Whiu is an experienced cultural producer, editor and theatre practitioner, as well as an emerging Māori-Australian poet & weaver. She Co-Directed Queensland Poetry Festival and is the Co-Editor of the anthology SOLID AIR: Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP, 2019).