The Salt Room

  • VENUE: Gorman Arts Centre : Gorman Main Hall
  • COST: Full $10, Concession $5
  • BOOKINGS: Tickets at the door
  • PRESENTER: Presented by Ainslie + Gorman in partnership with BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!
  • WHEN: 5:30am to 8:30am
    21 May 2016

‘If I have to have a poem, then I prefer it to be multiple choice.’

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, in partnership with Ainslie + Gorman, brings you the Salt Room, the national capital showcase of the finest territory, interstate and international writers and performers.

MCed by Joel Barcham and Andrew Galan.

Featuring performances from Yen Erikson, Matt Hetherington and Geoff Page, and Fossil Rabbit.

Geoff Page
Geoff Page is based in Canberra and has published twenty-two collections of poetry as well as two novels and five verse novels. His recent books include 1953 (UQP 2013) (on the PMs Literary Awards shortlist for 2014), Improving the News (Pitt Street Poetry 2013), New Selected Poems (Puncher & Wattmann 2013) and Gods and Uncles (Pitt Street Poetry 2015). Aficionado: A Jazz Memoir has recently been published in 2014 by Picaro Press. He also edited The Best Australian Poems 2014 and The Best Australian Poems 2015 (Black Inc).

Yen Eriksen
Yen has a background in community media as well as LGBTIQ advocacy and feminist activism. They have been a sitting member of the ACT LGBITQ Ministerial Advisory Council and also a SYN Young Media Leader as part of the National Youth Media Project. They have a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Gender, Sexuality and Culture studies as well as Chinese studies. They are currently undertaking a Masters of Public Policy at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. Yen’s writing appears in publications such as Feminartsy and they have been part of both Noted and You Are Here festivals.

Matt Hetherington
Matt Hetherington is a writer, music-maker, and moderate self-promoter living in Brisbane. He has been writing poetry for over 30 years, and has published 4 poetry collections and over 300 poems. His first all-haiku/senryu collection ‘For Instance’ was published in March 2015 by Mulla Mulla Press. He is also on the board of the Australian Haiku Society http://www.haikuoz.org/

Fossil Rabbit
Fossil Rabbit is the solo experimental project of Chris Finnigan. Fossil Rabbit creates hypnotic ambient soundscapes blending melodic guitar loops with minimal beats, forming a sound that’s part post-rock, part electronica. The entire sound, including the beats, is developed solely through the use of effected guitar samples to produce a sound that is electronic yet also warm and raw. The desire to make electronic music using only guitar comes from a certain philosophical approach to music-making – that by limiting the amount and quality of equipment available, it forces the artist to work within certain boundaries and push at those margins.