Operation Adelaide fringe festival starts today with the pressing of demo CDs and a flight from Melbourne to Adelaide. I was listening to some of the tracks and even though they are roughly cut live put together at the last minute I am very proud of them as they represent my writing and performance and what it means.. The digitally mastered version will probably be available mid year.
I am extremely excited to be collaborating with Adelaide guitarist Brett emery ( I’m coaxing him onto twitter he’s tweet-shy) on tracks for a benefit cd to raise money for stop the intervention collective south aus. It is extremely important to me to use art to highlight and work towards ending injustices. The northern territory intervention seemed like an obvious place to start as for almost four years communities up north have been subject to extremely unjust policies
(to learn more go to www.maicollective.blogspot.com). It is also an honor to work with brett who is a kaurna man and community leader as well as a brilliant musician.
Dates for the show – the poetry hour
24-25 feb 8pm
26 feb 9pm
3rd of march -8 pm
Bliss organic cafe – Compton street,city ( just behind central markets)
$10 only.- check guide for details
Work-life-art-fusion finally happening.
A very useful tool in the war against the undead
The tumblr gremlins wouldn’t let me post this the first time around so I am gonna try again. I am originally from Adelaide as many of you know and I moved here almost a year ago. Three things transpired to get me here and a great deal more is transpiring to make me stay.
Thing number 1- was ironically the Adelaide fringe. I met some amazing people from Melbourne who have become good friends and made the journey a tiny bit easier and a lot more fun.
Thing number two – I wrote a show. Some you have seen it some of you havent. I decided Melbourne would be the place I wanted to put it on. Some very gracious folk helped make that possible.
Thing number three was I got a good job. I don’t have that job anymore but it was immensely rewarding and I do miss it at times.
What makes me stay is far more existential. I made the decision to primarily write because I have been afforded so much opportunity. Pretty much every writing dream (except for novel publication, but I’m working on it) I’ve got I’ve been able to achieve since ive moved here.. This city makes me dream bigger than I ever thought possible.
I think what also helps is that I have a sense of identity and purpose that I’ve never had before. I hit very rough times last year but what got me through them was not only love but knowing what was possible and who the fuck I wanted to be. I have never known that before. I went into a field of work because I thought it was expected of me. I never really knew that what I wanted to do was possible.. Moving away has meant moving away from the weight of frankly unrealistic expectations and replacing them with clarity and vision..
Tired eyes (Taken with instagram)
Kaimal Mark II Lens, Ina’s 1969 Film, Standard Flash, Taken with Hipstamatic
Writing is an internal struggle that you win when you surrender