When:Friday 15 March, 6.00 pm
Join us for an evening of poetry featuring some of Canberra’s most compelling voices. All welcome!
‘Women Whisper,Women Shout’ will be a night of powerful words about women’s experience. Join us in the intimate setting of the upstairs Lodge to hear Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Melinda Smith, Asha Naznin, Taya Papworth and Jacqui Malins share their diverse experience and perspectives in their unique poetic styles. We will also enjoy the poetic lyrics and tunes of singer-songwriter Emma Dryden. Expect to be intrigued, affected and energised by these compelling voices.
Jenni Kemarre Martiniello
Jenni is an award-winning poet, writer, editor, publisher, photographer, visual artist and academic of Arrernte, Chinese and Anglo-Celtic descent. Jennifer was awarded the Canberra Critics Circle Award 2000 for Literature, and an ACT Creative Arts Fellowship in 2003. She is a former member of the Aboriginal Studies Press Advisory Committee and her poetry, prose and essays have been published in journals and anthologies nationally and internationally, including in the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. Her poetry has been translated into Polish, Spanish and Arabic. Jennifer has judged past NSW and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, and the David Unaipon Award for Indigenous Literature, 2006 -2010. Her prizes include the Banjo Paterson Poetry Prize and the Henry Lawson Short Story Prize. Jennifer has published 7 books, and represented Australia as an Indigenous writer at Festivals of Pacific Arts in 2004 and 2012.
ACT poet Melinda Smith is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Goodbye, Cruel (Pitt St Poetry, 2017). She won the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call. Her work has been widely anthologised and translated into multiple languages, and she is a former poetry editor of The Canberra Times.
Taya is a fresh local voice in poetry. Taya started writing poetry about four years ago. She works to capture the powerful emotions and difficult situations many young people deal with today. She also loves writing music, something she enjoys doing with friends. After graduating from Lake Tuggeranong College in 2018, proud to be the first woman in her family to complete Year 12, she is focusing this year on travel, work and her own development.
Emma Dryden is the front-woman and leader of jazz folk band ‘People I love’, comprising some of her favourite friends, and bassist in feminist punk band Glitoris. She is also a singer-songwriter and will share her songs in solo mode at Women Whisper, Women Shout. Emma says “My songs are a collections or stories from my life and are like airing out my dirty laundry. Song writing is my medicine and my therapy and a place where I reflect on things I am ashamed about, things I am struggling with as well as being a celebration of the wonderful moments of getting older and growing out of bad habits or negative perspective that I hold on to myself.” Above all, Emma is an advocate, a mother, a lover of humanity in all its diversity.
Asha Naznin likes to introduce herself as a jack of all trades, master of none. She speaks 12 languages but claims she makes spelling mistakes in all of them, even her native Bengali. Asha started writing poetry in the 8th grade in Bangladesh, and won a prize for her poem ‘the religion of a lover’ but then stopped writing out of embarrassment! She later moved to the UK, where she wrote two novels in Bengali – ‘Uncovering the mother in law’ and ‘The Husband Formula’, which have won awards and received popular acclaim. Asha is presently based in Canberra, and is writing poetry again, now in English.
Jacqui Malins is a poet and artist known for her energetic performance. She has featured at a variety of events and festivals including the National Folk Festival and Woodford in 2018. Jacqui was a 2015 finalist at the Australian Poetry Slam and 2017 Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup, and in 2018 won a Canberra Critics Circle award for her poetry performance ‘Cavorting with Time’, a collaboration with cellist Julia Horvath, and published her first poetry book of the same name with Recent Work Press.