11 February 2022, 7:00pm–8:30pm
|Cost||$35, and $30 concession and State Library Victoria Cultural Members|
|Location|| Conversation Quarter |
State Library Victoria
At our summer Salon, we’re spotlighting artists who push formal limits and play outside the boundaries. Their work challenges assumptions and experiments with convention – whether fiction, poetry or music. Splash around in uncharted waters, colour outside the lines, start in the middle of the story, eat dessert first, and surrender to the unbounded and unexpected – who knows what you’ll discover.
About the event
Hosted by journalist and critic Fiona Gruber, the event will open with poetry from Walter Kadiki, a storyteller known for his masterful performances weaving together signed poetry and visual vernacular.
Then, Miles Franklin-award winner Michelle de Kretser will discuss her funny and complex new novel, Scary monsters, which uses shifting perspectives and a reversible format to explore the disorienting monsters of racism, ageism and misogyny.
Finally, the spectacular one-man-soundscape Great Earthquake will close out the evening with a transporting, richly layered musical performance.
Drinks will be available to purchase from the bar before, during and after the event.
This event will be Auslan interpreted.
Please note: tickets are $35, and $30 for State Library Victoria Cultural Members, plus a one-off transaction fee of $4 per order. Tickets for First Nations people are free.
Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre.
About the artists
Noah Symons is Great Earthquake — a one-man band, self-taught looping machine. Noah is focused on making music with melody and flow using post-punk basslines, afro-guitars, hypnotic vocals that float by alongside dubbed-out melodica and the huge blast of drums!
Michelle de Kretser
Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. Educated in Melbourne and Paris, Michelle has worked as a university tutor, an editor, and a book reviewer. She is the author of The rose grower, The hamilton case, which won the Commonwealth Prize and the UK Encore Prize, and The lost dog, which won a swag of awards, including the 2008 NSW Premier’s Book of the Year Award and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, and the 2008 ALS Gold Medal. Her latest novel, The life to come, was shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize and won the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award.
Walter Kadiki is a master of weaving signed poetry and visual vernacular into poetic performance. He is known for his profound and engaging signed poetry and storytelling that bridges cultures and is accessible to deaf and hearing audiences. He has delivered workshops for young people across Australia in Deaf Slam Poetry and has worked with community groups to create the poems such as Butterfly hands, which was performed at Federation Square in Melbourne, and in Geelong.
In 2017, Walter received an invitation to collaborate and perform with NOW-ID, an interdisciplinary dance and design company based in the US.
Planning your visit
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