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ACT National Poetry Slam Finals

Published: Tuesday, 3 September 2019

The Australian National Poetry Slam is the largest spoken word program in the southern hemisphere! Returning to Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres for the fourth year running, be part of selecting the ACT winners who will travel to Sydney to compete in the national finals! Hosted by slam legends BAD! Slam! No Biscuit!!, this promises […]

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Angela Gardner

Published: Monday, 2 September 2019

Angela Gardner is an award winning author, poet and visual artist who is staying the Loft at Gorman Arts Centre, as part of ACT Writers Centre’s 2019 Writer-in-Residence. Her time here in Canberra will be spent working with the ACT campus of UNSW, as she partakes in research with academics and archives. This is a […]

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‘Poetry on the Move’ Festival

Published: Friday, 30 August 2019

Founded in 2015, the Poetry on the Move is a fully curated festival run by the International Poetry Studies Institute at the University of Canberra. IPSI’s objectives are to promote poetry as a globally valuable art form through the engagement with international, national and local poetry communities. The festival will run from the 17th – 21st October at various locations […]

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The many faces of Queerstories in grid formation


Published: Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Enter the raucous, radical, wildly funny world of Queerstories and enjoy an unexpected tale or two from a diverse line-up of stars and strangers. Winner Best Spoken Word Sydney Fringe 2016, and fast becoming an institution in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, this critically acclaimed sell-out storytelling night is coming to Canberra for one night only. […]

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ACT Australian Poetry Slam Final

Published: Wednesday, 18 July 2018


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CJ Bowerbird & the Downfall Choir Album Launch

Published: Wednesday, 16 May 2018

To Here From Naivety proudly presents the launch of CJ Bowerbird & the Downfall Choir’s Beyond This Blue – a day-in-the-life story told in sound and verse. Canberra’s CJ Bowerbird is a spoken word artist and the 2012 Australian Poetry Slam Champion. CJ has just returned from the New Zealand Fringe, where he performed as […]

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ACT Writers Centre Christmas Party

Published: Friday, 24 November 2017

Join The ACT Writers Centre for a relaxed, fun-filled evening to celebrate the ACT Book of the Year announcement, their 2017 ACT Writing & Publishing award winners, and the end of a wonderful year. Bring yourselves and some holiday cheer!

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Precipice 2017

Published: Monday, 28 August 2017

Come see some of Australia’s amazing improvisers! Precipice is a 3 day event that brings together experienced improvisers with a diverse range of practices and styles from all around Australia. Watch them weave narrative, sound and movement to create unbelievable illusory worlds of story. It has been running for 20 years in Canberra and provides a wonderful […]

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Canberra National Poetry Slam (State Finals)

Published: Thursday, 24 August 2017

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, in partnership with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, brings you the BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! Canberra National Poetry Slam, Australia’s premier Canberra national poetry slam.  The winners from ACT heats will battle it out for the title of ACT Champion, and the right to attend the Australian Poetry Slam final in Sydney. Be there for THE BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! […]

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Poetry on the Move Festival, Poetry Reading ‘Boundary Crossings’

Published: Wednesday, 16 August 2017

As part of this year’s Poetry on the Move Festival,  the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) presents four distinguished international poets for a free reading at Gorman Arts Centre. IPSI’s two poets in residence, Vahni Capildeo (UK) and Glyn Maxwell (UK) are joined by two renowned contemporary Japanese poets, Keijiro Suga and Hiromi Ito in […]

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