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Poetry & Prose

Saturday 18 September - 5:00PM

Hosted by Madeleine Little, featuring Gayle Kennedy, Marissa Ker, Alex Edwards, Alexandra McCallum and Andi Snelling.

Five gifted poets, five unique perspectives… one hour of wonder.  

Transcending genres and showcasing each artists’ unique voice, join us for an intimate session of spoken word and storytelling that is sure to stay with you when you go. 

Gayle Kennedy

Gayle Kennedy is from the NSW Ngiyaampa Nation.  

Her poetry collection, Koori Girl Goes Shoppin’ was shortlisted in 2005 for the David Unaipon Award. Gayle won the award in 2006 with  ‘Me, Antman & Fleabag and published by QUP in 2007. 

She has published 11 children’s books with OUP and articles and poems in national & international publications.  

Marissa Ker pictured in profile. She has dark hair and is wearing a high collared black shirt.

Marissa is a writer who calls Queensland home. Her writing has been published in Plumwood Mountain and The West Ender and read aloud in Australia and overseas.

She holds a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing from The University of Queensland. She also makes theatre as founding artistic director of Lorikeet Players, with a focus on ‘funny stuff with a social justice twist’. She holds a Diploma from Philippe Gaulier Theatre School in France. She is profoundly deaf.

A headshot of Alex Edwards looking directly at the camera. He has a shaved head and is wearing a light denim shirt.

Reputed “Sting of Oz” (FAQ Café, Moscow) in Russia, novelist and singer-songwriter Alex had returned home for further touring in 2015 before yielding to a creative sabbatical in 2016. Here he composed his debut novel “Maradha’s Game”, a legendary science-fiction classic, which at nearly 300,000 words is still being edited in 2021! Before these adventures, his successful east coast tours late 2015 helped cement his debut 20-track release “Flight Frost”.

Personifying “one man and his guitar” (Tapio Ylinen, Eclipse Music), the tunesmith’s journey to “Fealty Fjords” (The 8-track sophomore 2021 EP release) continues, alongside many literary projects!

Alex pictured slightly off-centre, in front of a white panelled wall. She has dark curly hair and she is smiling.

Alexandra McCallum writes fiction, poetry and performance work. She is also an oral storyteller and community cultural development facilitator.

Her work has appeared in Artshub, Brisbane Modern and Best of Bareknuckle Poet and Bluebottle. Her novel manuscript was selected for the US writers’ workshop Tin House for feedback from Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Harding. Her scripts for adult audiences have had readings at Metro Arts and the Judith Wright Centre and she has co-written scripts for school touring which were seen by thousands of children around Queensland.

She also facilitated Screech Theatre and The Light Ensemble in which young people with and without disability came together to make new work. She has facilitated numerous other projects and workshops and performed at festivals and galleries around Australia.

Professional headshot of Andi . She is photographed close up and has brown hair which is half tucked behind her ear.

Andi Snelling is a multi-award-winning performer, writer and theatre-maker with a special talent for physical storytelling.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts (French & German) and Diploma in Creative Arts (Theatre Studies) from The University of Melbourne, which she completed on a scholarship program at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Andi has gathered many eclectic experiences throughout her international career and is an active voice in the disability arts community. She was honoured to present at Meeting Place 2019 in Canberra – Australia’s annual forum for arts, culture and disability.

Andi is an Ambassador for the Lyme Disease Association of Australia, a Peer Assessor for City of Melbourne, and on the board at No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability. She runs her own business Kick Up The Arts Creative Mentoring, helping independent artists to create and sustain their own work.

A black and white headshot of Gayle Kennedy wearing a bowler hat. A blue rectangle with the Undercover Artist logo separates Gayle's photo from Madeleine Little's on the right. Madeleine has long red hair and is wearing a black top and smiling.
Image description: A black and white headshot of Gayle Kennedy wearing a bowler hat. A blue rectangle with the Undercover Artist logo separates Gayle's photo from Madeleine Little's on the right. Madeleine has long red hair and is wearing a black top and smiling.


Tickets: $35
(+$5.00 transaction fee)

Venue: Diane Cilento Studio
Queensland Theatre
78 Montague Rd, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Date: Saturday 18 September
Time: 5:00PM – 6:00PM


MC: Madeleine Little
Performers: Gayle Kennedy, Marissa Ker, Alex Edwards, Alexandra McCallum, Andi Snelling.