A live recording from Open Studio with the poetry night, Girls on Key
Bronwen Manger is a poet and spoken word artist, located in Box Hill. Bronwen performs her work at readings and events around Melbourne (often accompanied by her identical twin Emily Polites), and her poems have been published in various journals and magazines, including Best Australian Poems 2012, The Age, Going Down Swinging, Triptych Poets 2, and page seventeen. Bronwen has performed her poetry live on radio (Triple J, 3CR and Phoenix FM), and she has appeared on Channel 31’s Red Lobster TV program. Bronwen’s poetry varies widely, from rambunctious rhymes to contemplative lines, and she aims to tempt the audience into an opulent web of passion and puzzlement, strung between wildflowers and grenades, paradise and apocalypse, decadence and deprivation.
Fleassy Malay is an Internationally renowned, evocative and powerful spoken word artist from the UK. Now based in Melbourne, Australia, she runs one of Melbourne’s most successful Spoken Word events, Mother Tongue. Her quirky, theatrical and emotive performance style captivates audiences leaving them both laughing and crying, occasionally both at the same time. Fleassy incorporates both her Theatre background with her love of hip hop and poetry to create stories and poems that ooze rhythm, melody and personality. She also teaches 6 week Spoken Word courses looking at the power of vulnerability and honesty both on and off the stage.
Anne M Carson. has been published in the USA, Ireland, France and widely in Australia. Her first collection, Removing the Kimono, was published by Hybrid Publishers in 2013. She has a particular interest in collaboration and has worked with a dancer, pianist, keyboard player and harpist. She has won and been commended in various literary competitions most recently in 2015 she was shortlisted for the Ron Pretty Poetry Prize.
Gemma Mahadeo is a Melbourne-based writer who came to Australia in 1987. Prior to that, she lived in her country of birth, England, and also spent time in her mother’s, the Philippines.
Her poetry has appeared both online and in print at Famous Reporter, Islet, Poetrix, Cordite, antiTHESIS, and Going Down Swinging, with more recent work appearing or forthcoming in Writ Poetry Review, Tincture Journal, and Tenderness Journal later in 2015.