ASAL2020 POETRY READING #1

Tuesday, 30 June, 7pm – 8pm (AEST)

Adelle Sefton-Rowston with Melanie Mununggurr-Williams, Johanna Bell, Sandra Thibodeaux, Parker Black, Fred Van’t Sand

Sponsored by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, the ASAL2020 Poetry Reading Series will bring together poets from across the country for four nights of virtual readings. Zoom links will be made available 24 hours before each event. To receive the links for these events, please register for the Poetry Reading Series at the ASAL2020 conference website: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/asal2020-virtual-conference-tickets-96573196029

Melanie Mununggurr-Williams is the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam Champion and a Djapu writer from Yirrkala in East Arnhem Land. She is one of about 4600 speakers of Yolnu-Matha and a mentor for young Indigenous women in programs across the Northern Territory. Melanie spent the last decade working with families, young people and children involved with juvenile justice and department of children and families. Her writing is often focused around family, place and her identity as an Aboriginal woman. 

Johanna Bell is an award-winning author, producer and Churchill Fellow.  Interested in combating voice poverty and geographic privilege, she often collaborates with other artists to elevate new stories from the north. Her work has been published in Overland, Meanjin, Griffith Review and Australian Poetry.  

Dr Sandra Thibodeaux is a playwright and poet who has published four collections of poetry, with the latest being Dirty H2O (Mulla Mulla Press). Sandra has written over a dozen plays that have been staged as part of festivals across Indonesia and Australia, and broadcast on Radio National. Her latest plays include The Age of BonesA Smoke Social, Mr Takahashi (and other falling secrets) and The Lion Tamer. Sandra has twice won the NT Literary Awards for her plays, and has been short-listed for both the Patrick White and Griffin playwriting awards. In 2011, Sandra was Australian Poetry’s Poet-in-Residence. 

Parker Black is a poet and playwright living between Garrmalang (Darwin) and Mparntwe (Alice Springs). In 2018, she had her poetry shortlisted in the Northern Territory Literary Awards and in 2019, won the Darwin Fringe Festival’s Poetry Slam. Black has had her work published in the Australian Poetry AnthologyCordite and Flycatcher

Fred van’t Sand; Bowser boy, cleaner, student, teacher, life model, house painter, dog walker, market manager, customs officer, board member, father, first aider, host, actor, poet, DJ, radio announcer, friend, pilot, chronicler of times and so much more. Enjoy, Embrace, Elucidate. Cheers Fred. Poem selection;’ Sorry’, ‘Sometimes the ideas come so fas’t and ‘for lovers to do that’.