Candy Royalle is one of Australia’s most prominent performing writers. She is a multi-award winning storyteller, activist, educator, singer and vulnerability advocate. As a multi-disciplinary artist, she collaborates with film makers, musicians, visual artists, dancers, photographers and others, to bring her work to life. Candy sits on the Advisory Council for Australian Poetry Limited and runs the successful monthly poetry night, Word in Hand.
Hani Abdile is a writer and spoken word poet who fled the civil war in Somalia. She made her way to Australia by boat and spent 11 months on Christmas Island. While detained, Hani found healing in writing poetry. She is an honorary member of PEN, a lead writer for the Writing Through Fences group, and has received numerous awards for her community work and many achievements since being released from immigration detention. Her first book I Will Rise was published in 2016 to critical acclaim.
Evelyn Araluen is a poet, activist, and PhD candidate teaching and researching Indigenous literatures at the University of Sydney, Eora country. Born and raised on Dharug country with Bundjalung ancestry, her poetry and criticism can be found in Southerly, Overland, and The Best Australian Poems of 2016.
Auslan Stage Left enables and provides quality Auslan interpreted theatre, and training to interpreters and deaf consultants in the area of theatre interpreting. This organisation is auspiced under Arts Access Victoria. We are a not for profit organisation, managed by two volunteer directors (Medina Sumovic and Susan Emerson), an Outreach Coordinator (Mai Bryant Kelly) and Communications Co-ordinator (Melissa Lawlor-Smith). They will provide live Auslan interpretations of the Sunday evening performances.
Maryam Azam completed a Bachelor of Arts (Deans Scholars) from Western Sydney University and graduated with Honours in Creative Writing. She also holds a diploma in the Islamic Sciences. Maryam is a teacher in Kellyville and writes across the genres with a current focus on poetry. She is the recipient of a WestWords Emerging Writers’ Fellowship and her collection of poems exploring the intersection between spirituality and the everyday and the experience of being a Muslim woman in Western Sydney is forthcoming in 2018.
Stephany Basia is a British Afro hairstylist. She’s always been disturbed by the the limitation of the ‘professional’ image that seems to discriminate against the diversity of individuality. In her work, she encourages all genders to embrace their individuality in their desired look, in order to interrupt the structures that makes us all complicit in white supremacy when we comply by them.
Black and Deadly women’s poetry circle
We are a small group of indigenous women writers, who meet weekly to yarn, write and share our work with each other. We create a safe and supportive space to empower each other, experiment and challenge ourselves.
Emily Crocker writes poetry for both print and performance. She really enjoys collaborating with artists working in different mediums. Emily grew up in south-western Sydney but is has since found a home in the Wollongong spoken word community. Here, she has made a name for herself as the resident bee-enthusiast.
Winnie Dunn is a Tongan-Australian writer from Mount Druitt. She is a manager and editor at Sweatshop. Winnie completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Western Sydney University in 2016. Winnie’s work has been published in W’sup Magazine, The Vocal, Voiceworks and The Big Black Thing. She has performed readings of her work for WestWords, Studio Stories, the Western Sydney University Writing and Society Research Centre and most recently, at the Campbelltown Arts Centre for the 2017 Sydney Festival exhibition of Another Day in Paradise.
Robin M. Eames [THEY/THEM] is a 23 year old disabled & dying writer/artist/activist living on Gadigal land, Eora country, Sydney, Australia. They are passionately involved in disability activism and community, and sometimes appear at speaking events or run workshops on disability, gender, sexuality, anticapitalism, and civil rights theory based in lived experience. Recently they were the Sydney site coordinator for the 2017 Disability Day of Mourning vigil. Their writing and artwork has appeared in various exhibitions and publications, including Strange Horizons, GlitterShip, Luna Station Quarterly, Glitterwolf, the anthology Broken Worlds, and University of Sydney publications including Honi Soit, ARNA, and Hermes. Their interests include comparative mythology, queercrip theory, weird poetry, invisible histories, cats, black tea, and tattoos.
Stelly Gappasauress is a performance artist from Sydney whose artistic collaborations have made her a force in the queer community. She has graced festival stages such as Secret Garden Festival, Groovin the Moo and Harvest Festival; regularly performed at the Red Rattler; and been used as muse by well-known graffiti artist Askew.
Isaac T Green is a poet and performer from Sydney, Australia. He started writing creatively in early childhood and continued on to become a successful poet. He has performed at numerous poetry events and won the 2015 July and 2016 February Caravan Slam. He performed at the 2015 Newtown Festival and is currently working on enticing someone to publish his first poetry collection, Threadless Weaving.
Holly Friedlander Liddicoat has previously been published in the likes of Cordite, Otoliths, Seizure, Shabby Doll House, the UTS Writers’ Anthology and Voiceworks. She edits poetry for Voiceworks and edited the 2017 UTS Writers’ Anthology. She speaks German and works in community broadcasting.
Fayroze Lutta is a self-styled painter, writer, zine queen & urbaniste. Sydney’s own gold paper alchemist and bling stationaire. Her gold foil haiku postcard workshop will feature at Unspoken Words, and was also at the MCA Zine Fair in 2016. Fayroze is currently working on a zine about the Sirius Building in the Rocks.
subbed in is a DIY literary organisation which programs readings, workshops and associated publications staged around Sydney, Australia. We aim to provide grassroots support for new and underrepresented voices as well as helping emerging writers to achieve publication or performance. Subbed In is run by Dan Hogan and Stacey Teague.
Elizabeth Jarrett is a Gumbaaynggir, Bundjalung and Dunghutti woman from the Nambucca Valley in NSW. She is a direct descendent of the Stolen Generation and makes it her passion to give voice to her people. Elizabeth is an artist, poet and activist for all human rights, and a central voice in First Nations resistance.
Gabrielle Journey Jones is a co-Founder and CEO (Creativity Encouragement Officer) of Creative Womyn Down Under, a community initiative which helps to connect women and creativity. Gabrielle has been passionate about using spoken word performance poetry and drumming to raise social issues for over 20 years. She has also been involved with many not-for-profit community organisations and government agencies across Australia in her professional role as a Social Worker. Gabrielle was born on Eora Country, Sydney and is from Maori and African American cultural heritage. Intersectional feminism underpins a lot of Gabrielle’s poetry. She shares her experiences and positive, proactive thoughts challenging the many levels of oppression facing women due to gender, race, ethnicity, class, ability and sexual identity inequalities. Gabrielle also writes about creativity, love, spirituality, friendship, family and her children. Her first published collection of poetry, Spoken Medicine, will be officially released in 2017 by Ginninderra Press.
Since graduating from the National Art School, Paige Phillips (also known as Outskert) has been collaborating with creatives in the fields of music and ceramics. In recent improvised performances, Outskert invites the audiences to play along by tweaking effects pedals, singing, drumming or whatever it is they wish to experiment with.
Sea is a thought leader, bilingual spoken word artist and a performer of Indigenous South Pacific ancestry. Her unique stride of storytelling uses words as a quintessential vehicle to awaken the unconscious mind by delivering intuitive, integral and reparative performances relevant to all walks of life. She has been an orator for culturally and linguistically diverse communities, marginalised youth and homelessness in Australia for over a decade. Sea is the founder, curator and host of the monthly spoken word space, WWM (Woman Writes Movement).
Ella Skilbeck-Porter writes, draws, and translates. Her poetry and visual works have appeared in Cordite, Rabbit, Otoliths and the UTS Writers’ Anthology. She is the editor of Red Room Poetry’s New Shoots Poetry Anthology and co-founder of the Centre for Deep Reading.
Ella is supported by Red Room Poetry.
Effy Marie Smith is a Sydney based animator, illustrator, visual-DJ and avid zine maker. Her focus is on telling simple stories in surreal contexts. Recently she has been using data visualisation and animation to create abstract installations. Effy designed the graphics for print and digital for Unspoken Words.
Margarita Tenser is a genderqueer neuroatypical cat-botherer of Eastern European extraction who loves puns and comic books and is a little worried they might be a poet. Their work has been published in Voiceworks, Strange Horizons, Transcendent and Star*Line, among other venues, and tends to orbit conceptions of social and emotional dislocation, vulnerability and hope. You can find some of it here.
Thelma Thomas aka MC Trey is well known in the Australian music scene, with nominations for the ARIA, Urban Music, 3D and Jack Music Awards. Over the years, she has established herself as a prominent hip hop artist / vocalist, offering unique styles of melodic & insightful rhymes & rhythms about life, love & her experiences. She is currently working on new music, ‘Daily‘. Her music speaks of social issues, everyday experiences and the possibilities that a new day brings. An exciting collaboration with Maya Jupiter and DJ Nick Toth as hip-hop trio, Foreign Heights, earned them an ARIA nomination in 2007. The album featured Mystro (UK), Eternia (Canada), with production by Pmoney (NZ), Mr. Zux and Kut Master Kurt (USA). Off mic, MC Trey is a passionate community and cultural development worker, based at the Australian Museum, coordinating and facilitating Pacific culture and music workshops for marginalised young people around Australia.
Bron Watkins (Spindles, Golden Orb) writes songs about love, loss, revolution and cosmic wonderment. She uses a guitar and a violin to make you feel things. Sometimes she has a band, sometimes she has a loop pedal. This is one of those loop pedal times.