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creating a particular kind of experience ~ Poetry Sydney celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community with Pride Amplified as part of Sydney WorldPride 2023.
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Presenting poets from the LGBTQIA+ community to showcase their queer literary practice and voice. Poetry that explores places and bodies from the deeply personal accounts of five Sydney based queer poets. Performed and live streamed for one-night only at Knox.live
The principles of deep interiority with no representations of being outward oriented are in belly button terms all innie and no outie. The interior is where we are. The exterior is where we go. Part of what constitutes sexuality is that which links the interior to the exterior. These complex relationships link the private to the public, the individual to society and the larger environment. It is what shapes and forms our human experience.
Melodie Grafton (she/they) is a mental healthcare worker, political scientist and poet, and feeler of big feelings. Proudly from western Sydney, she is the 2020 winner of the Mount Druitt heat of the Australian Poetry Slam, representing Mount Druitt at the Sydney finals that year. They have also performed at the 2020 Mad Pride performance evening sharing their living experience of mental illness, and formerly co-ran WestSide Poetry Slam at Parramatta. Melodie’s poetry ranges various themes across her Filipino and queer identities, mental health, love and loss.
Emcee: Lou Steer
Lou Steer is a cabaret poetry diva, performing her poetry directly to people in museums, nightclubs, festivals and even graveyards. Through poetry, she explores the lives of seekers and dreamers, yearning for something precious they have lost – love, purpose and truth. She has been writing poetry and performing as a slam poet and performance poet at festivals and other venues since 2010. She convened Caravan Slam, the largest poetry slam in inner Sydney, from 2015 to 2018. Lou’s poems are widely published and anthologised.
Time: Doors open: 7.00pm
Date: Wednesday, 22 February 2023
Venue: The Knox Street Bar
Live stream: Knox.live FREE
Location: Garage, Corner Knox & Shepherd Street, Chippendale
Tickets: $25 – https://prideamplified.au/events/innie-outie/
Is there going to be an open-mic?
There will be an opportunity for people attending the event to share their poetry. However, there is no registrations accepted, and if you are interested, you will need to register at the event.
How to Watch the event live?
Will the recording be screening anywhere after the event?
The recording of the event will be made available at a future time on the Poetry Sydney website.
Can a venue live-screen the event?
Absolutely, and we encourage any interested venue manager to screen the event live, and share in the poetry experience. If you are interested in screening the event, please get in touch and let us know. We would love to promote your engagement and support of LGBTQIA+ poets.
Government recommended Covid health procedures are in place in the venue. The Knox Street Bar has ventilation systems installed in its main bar and performance room that exchanges the 8x hour. The minimum standard in NSW hospitals is x6 hour.