We are so excited to be relaunching Word In Hand at the best venue in Sydney - The Red Rattler! We have a stellar POC line up for our relaunch, featuring Omar Musa performing work from his new collection, crowd favourite Nancy J Denis and new powerhouse collective LEWA. DO NOT MISS THIS! There'll be
open mic for budding performers, so get there 7pm to put your name down.
Please share this event far and wide and let's launch with many thumping hearts and thinking minds! ARROOOOOOO!
Tickets at door:
$10 unwaged / concession
$20 solidarity (pay it forward)
DOORS & OPEN MIC SIGNUP from 7
OPEN MIC at 7:30
FEATURE POETS from 8:30
Open mic welcomes you to share a poem or story! Whether it's through words, song, or rhyme: the stage is there to be shared. Sign up on the night, 5 min slots.
Bios for Feb
Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian author, rapper and poet from Queanbeyan, Australia. He is the former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. He has released four hip hop records (including “Since Ali Died”), three poetry books (including “Parang" and “Millefiori”), appeared on ABC's Q&A and received a standing ovation at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House. His debut novel "Here Come the Dogs" was published by Penguin Australia in 2014. “Here Come the Dogs” was long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award and Miles Franklin Award and he was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year in 2015.
NANCY J. DENIS
Nancy J. Denis is an artist and has performed on stage, TV and film. Some of the work she has done include the critically acclaimed play The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe directed by Ros Horin, a recurring role in the ABC TV series Cleverman, acted opposite Cate Blanchett in the feature film Truth directed by James Vanderbilt, and opposite Michiel Huisman in the feature 2:22. She has appeared alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Nancy continues to explore through her art with a writing residency at Urban Theatre Projects.
As human beings we feel the most empowered when we are fuelled by love. When we are surrounded with love. Community. Family. Balas. Sissys. As women of colour we discovered our strength when we saw our magic reflected in our sisters. We found our identity. Our voice. Our poems tell stories of our journey to womanhood, how we embrace the primal warrior to rise through suffering, how we honour the divine feminine to unite us in love.
We pay our respects to the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora nation, on whose lands we meet. We recognise they never ceded sovereignty or authority to any state or corporate entity. Those of us who are not Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander live, work and play on stolen land, born of genocide and currently a white extremist state.
This is a safer spaces gig, where performers are respected. No tolerance for nonsense: we will be there looking out. If you need some support or want to check in with us, please see the crew and hosts.
THE RED RATTLER
This community venue is a supporting partner of Word in Hand and we gratefully credit their role in this gig. The Rat supports many grassroots ventures in the area and we’re proud to be part of their program.
The Red Rattler has a wide, flat entry and a wheelchair-accessible bathroom. There will be drinking water and fans, and if you need assistance getting to / through the gig, please contact us in advance or see crew on the night. We can reserve lounges up the front for better vision / mobility access if you need it. Our full policy on accessibility is coming soon.
For any questions about the show, send us a message. If you’re experiencing financial hardship and can’t access the cost of a ticket, please get in touch and we’ll try to do a trade with you!
Graphic concept by Vix Volante: http://binarytide.org/vixvolante/