Festival Program


Live and Loud Literary Showcase

Sat 7 Sep, 5.30pm
SLV, Village Roadshow Theatrette

Selina Tusitala Marsh, Poet Laureate of New Zealand, headlines this poetry and spoken word special event, with words and rhymes from Fury, Eleanor Jackson, Harry Reid, Sumudu Samarawickrama, and Fiona Wright. They will each share works inspired by MWF19’s theme: ‘When We Talk About Love’.

Update to previously advertised information: this event now takes place in State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette.


1 hour

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Session Artists

Fury is a despicable changeling creature birthed from the sulphur swamps of greater New Zealand, currently inhabiting the desolate desert landscapes of Melbourne’s CBD. It is not advised to read their guileful poetry as their words encourage restless sleep.

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and community radio broadcaster. Author of A Leaving (Vagabond Press), her live album, One Night Wonders, is produced by Going Down Swinging. A passionate advocate for diverse and inclusive cultures, she is Chair of Peril Magazine and Vice-Chair of The Stella Prize.

Selina Tusitala Marsh is a Pasifika poet-scholar and is the current New Zealand Poet Laureate (2017-2019). She was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2019. She has performed her award-winning poems to primary schoolers and presidents (Obama), quiz masters (London Literary Death Match) and Queens (Elizabeth II).

Harry Reid is a poet from Melbourne. They co-host Sick Leave, a monthly reading series at the Gasometer Hotel, and their work can be found in Overland, Cordite Poetry Review, The Lifted Brow and elsewhere.

Sumudu Samarawickrama is from Werribee. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, The Lifted Brow, Meanjin and Overland. Her first chapbook, Utter the Thing: deciBels 3, is published by Vagabond Press. Sumudu is part of Footscray Community Arts Centre's West Writer's Group, and is writing a collection of surrealistic sci-fi.

Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non-fiction. Her poetry collections are Knuckled and Domestic Interior. Her new essay collection, The World Was Whole, was longlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize.

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