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We Run With Wolves

  • The Toff In Town (Level 2, Curtin House) 252 Swanston Street Melbourne, VIC, 3004 Australia (map)

We Run With Wolves (WRWW) is an inclusive, brave platform for high calibre female poets from diverse ethnicities and those that identity as queer or trans. This event will help us to uncover common ground and find strength in our lived experiences - using poetry and storytelling as a means to educate, inspire and build solidarity across lines of difference. 

On the 13th of July at Toff in Town, Melbourne's fiercest female bravehearts join forces to share the transformational power of poetry. The line-up include:

Vida Sunshyne
Hailing from Melbourne Australia, the enigmatic Vida Sunshyne has come to establish herself as a highly recognized international and local cultural identity and is a fine example of current first generation Ghanaian/Australian talent. Known for her explosive stage presence and unmatched ability as a singer and Female Emcee she is a true reflection of talent and genre defining musical culture. Her very first performance was supporting Lucky Dube and Burning Spear and throughout the years Vida Sunshyne has supported and performed with many big names such as, Lionel Richie, Nitin Sawhney, K-Ci & JoJo, Ziggy Marley, Million Dan, Chase & Status, Flying Lotus, Sizzla Kalonji, Ja Rule, 112, Chingy, Mix Master Mike, Twista, The Metals, Mista Savona, Blue King Brown, Horace Andy, Chasm and Candy Borquaye among many more.

Sharifa A Tartoussi

A closet poet freshly un-closeted, Sharifa utilizes both page and stage to navigate through her Arab roots and her pseudo-western upbringing, discussing everything from the loss of identity and homeland to the humanness we all observe as we travel through life. A fire at heart, tamed only by the oxygen that fuels it, she wavers between waning embers and raging inferno depending on the day and the issue. Most days, she can be found trying to get to the root of things both dental and wonderful and sometimes, she writes things.

Emilie Zoe Baker
Emilie Zoey Baker is an award-winning Australian poet and spoken-word performer who has toured the world. She was the winner of the 2010 Berlin International Literature Festival’s 'Slam!Review'. She performs regularly at arts and literature festivals, and has appeared at the Sydney Opera House, TEDx Melbourne and ‘Do’ Lectures Australia. Emilie was a 2014 Fellow at the State Library of Victoria, and has previously been poet-in-residence for Museums Victoria and coordinator for the National Australian Poetry Slam. She teaches poetry and slam in primary and secondary schools and has undertaken residencies in over 40 Australian schools. In 2014 Emilie gave the keynote address at the annual conference of the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English, and was core faculty for the spoken word program at Canada's Banff Centre. 

Candice Monique

Originally from Adelaide, South Australia - Candice Monique is a talented & unique singer/rapper/poet whose individual vocal and lyrical style draws comparisons to Neneh Cherry, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Lauren Hill and Erykah Badu. It is this distinctive style along with her stage presence & artistic depth which makes her one of Australia's most exciting & original new artists.

Fleassy Malay

Fleassy Malay is an Internationally renowned, evocative and powerful spoken word artist from the UK. Now based in Melbourne, Australia, she runs one of Melbourne’s most successful Spoken Word events, Mother Tongue. Her quirky, theatrical and emotive performance style captivates audiences leaving them both laughing and crying, occasionally both at the same time. Fleassy incorporates both her Theatre background with her love of hip hop and poetry to create stories and poems that ooze rhythm, melody and personality. She also teaches 6 week Spoken Word courses looking at the power of vulnerability and honesty both on and off the stage.
Plus Special Guest

Ee'da Brahim
Ee’da is half Indian and half Malay and is the Founder of ‘Sisters for Sisters’. She has performed her poetry at the Arts Centre, United Nations Conference in 2010, Federation Square and had been featured at the legendary Bowery Poetry Club NYC, and The Silveroom in Chicago. She has also supported international hiphop acts such as Lyrics Born and Dead Prez. She runs poetry and presentation and movement-based workshops in the community. 

Ee’da was awarded by Government House in Victoria, an Excellence award for Service delivery for Multicultural Victoria for her work in community-building through the arts and a recipient of the UNESCO City of Literature Award to receive mentorship in NYC.

Tariro Mavondo

Venue:Level 2, Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne (above Cookie Restaurant)
Time: Doors open 6.30pm ( Arrive Early)
Tickets: $20 Full $15 Concession

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Earlier Event: July 9
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