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Poetic Mamas: Spoken Word Performance

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Join us for a family-friendly, inclusive event celebrating the creativity, resilience and diversity of women. Featuring Maxime Banks, Elizabeth ‘Lish’ Škec, Brownsugababe, Koraly Dimitriadis, and Yvette Stubbs. Includes open mic.

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Maxime Banks

Maxime Banks is an award-winning, interdisciplinary artist whose arts practice explores Afro-Surrealism, astronomical science, cosmology, science fiction, astrophysics and spacetime travel creating thematic metaphors that tell of hybrid consciousness, belongingness, ancestor memory and cultural fragmentation.

Maxime is a time-traveller of the Black-American Diaspora, born in the USA with Mississippi roots, creating an Afro-galactic archive, i.e., an automythography of Black portraiture identity to document the contemporary mythmaking of endangered cultural heritage. She works across Afrofuture anamnesis, collage, painting, science, poetry, drawing, multimedia, writing, performance, research and textiles.

Maxime is an emergent filmmaker using memory, archives, Black portraiture, found images and sound as forms of time travel choosing experimental filmmaking media techniques to excavate suppressed and erased histories and cultural memories.

Her film and video installations document Black-American historiography through the poetics and aesthetics of experimental, avant-garde cinema.

Maxime has received grants from the City of Melbourne, City of Yarra, Puffin Foundation and Writers Victoria. She is the Linden Postcard Show award winner. She received her BS and BFA from universities in the USA and Paris, France, and completed MFA postgraduate research study at University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Her work has been exhibited internationally in the USA and in Australia. Exhibition and performance highlights include solo shows at Melbourne Fringe, Federation Square Fracture Gallery, City Library and G3 Artspace; Afrika Speaks Back, Afro Hub; Slamalamadingdong; Delmar Gallery, Sydney.

Maxime’s work has been published in Itch Magazine, South Africa, Buzzcuts and Speaker TV. She voyaged throughout the South of France and the Australian Outback Red Centre and Northern Territory to explore Aboriginal rock and cave paintings. She lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.


Elizabeth ‘Lish’ Škec

Music, poetics, theatre, fire twirling. Lish writes comedy, plays, short stories, and songs.

She is the author of two chap books 'Butterflies of New Dawn' (1996) and 'Leather Skin’ (2002), and a poetry collection entitled ‘Breath' published by Luckner Press in 2014.

Lish has performed poetry and music at countless venues and festivals including Parliament House; The Tent Embassy (for the environmental summit in 1993); The Victorian Writers Centre, The BMW Edge Theatre at Federation Square, La Mama Poetica, Victorian Writers Centre, Montsalvat Festival of Poetry & Song, and Overload Poetry Festival 2002. During the late 1990s she was one leg of The Fnords, a musically poetical band. She has also worked with Stephen O'Prey (Weddings Parties anything).

Lish was a co-founder of Accidental Poets @ Good Morning Captain and went on to organise and host many poetry readings. She currently hosts Poetryspective at Pride Of Our Footscray Community Bar.

Winner of the human rights poetry slam, Lish represented Victoria in the team WWF Slam.

Lish has co written and performed in several plays including ‘Sensitive New Age Platypus', ‘An Ex to Grind’, 'The Stork' (written with Kerry Scuffins for Overload 2004), and 'Goddess Wanted Must Provide Own Pedestal' (Melbourne Comedy Festival 2005).

Lish played Venus in 'Venus of Marrickville' (a modern re adaptation of Shakespeare’s 'Venus and Adonis' by Komninos Konstantinos Zervos). She co-wrote and performed in 'I am THAT woman’ (Melbourne Fringe, 2015) and most recently in 'Found and Sound’, a show about the Western suburbs of Melbourne.

'Lish is the fire in the poetry and spoken word of Melbourne. Her voice gravels and soars like a goddess with a shopping trolley on the Nullarbor. Published and a performer in experimental art and hybrid poetry venues, in years to come you will revel in having seen her live.'

- Megan Dunn

Lish did push a shopping trolley across the Nullarbor in 1994. It was full of soft toys.


Brownsugababe

Black, Nubian Queen, swaying hips and lilting head, lover of words and all things absurd. African born, citizen of the world but most likes to take up residence in people’s hearts.

Performer, writer and author, Brownsugababe plays many roles in life and literally adheres to Shakespeare’s suggestion that the world is a stage. Some of her roles are mother, mental health professional, writer, advocate for women, friend, lover, and daughter. Come on a journey of worlds unchartered and territories in your mind yet to be explored.


Koraly Dimitriadis

Koraly Dimitriadis is a Cypriot-Australian writer, actor, and the author of the poetry books 'Just Give Me The Pills' and 'Love and ---- Poems'. 'Love and ---- Poems' is a bestselling poetry book in Australia which had English and Greek rights sold to Honest Publishing (UK) and attracted Australia Council funding for translation. Her two books form the basis of her poetic play 'Saying the wrong things all the time' which premiered in Melbourne’s renowned La Mama Theatre. Koraly has created films of her poems also funded by Australia Council called The Good Greek Girl Film Project with her film ‘Best Friend’ shortlisted for The Australian Online Video Awards. She writes opinion for the Australian media and has been published in The Independent (UK) and The Washington Post.


Yvette Stubbs

Yvette Stubbs has many publications and anthologies under her belt. One of the matriarchs of the Melbourne poetry scene and a much admired performance poet and artist, she has been knocking around the poetry scene for longer than she'd care to remember.

'Barbed Wire Kisses' is her latest book. The title defines her work. She caresses you with word kisses then thwacks you with barbed wire words.

Yvette is an award winning actor, director, writer, and poet. She thrives on working collaboratively, both professionally and for the love of art. For Poetic Mamas, she will bring a double collaboration that will include a multimedia presentation incorporating original music, words and art.


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