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Spoke & Bird Presents: Photos, Voices, Verses

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A SPOKEN WORD FUNDRAISER FOR PROJECT X: four poets respond to photographs taken by four sex workers

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Spoke & Bird Poetry presents a special poetry-photography collaboration and fundraiser for sex workers advocacy group Project X!

THIS FEBRUARY 5th at 8PM, come and hear brand new work by four incredible poets, DEBORAH EMMANUEL, MELIZARANI T. SELVA, SHIVRAM GOPINATH & WILLIAM BEALE, that respond to photographs by four sex workers.

Tickets are $15 (regular) and $10 (students/unwaged) online, and $20 at the door. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Project X.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

We got four spoken word poets to write poems inspired by and responding to four series of photos taken by four different sex workers.

These photographs are the result of months of work by sex workers, who each attended a series of photovoice workshops that trained them in photography techniques and narrative-building, and individually snapped hundreds of frames. The project is the collective effort of sex workers to reclaim narratives about themselves, narratives that have for too long foregrounded the punishing obsession with women's sex lives, and decided their moral worth.

ABOUT PROJECT X

Project X has is an organisation with committed, full-time staff including current and former sex workers, as well as many passionate volunteers. We conduct online outreach alongside our regular physical outreach in multiple parts of Singapore. Project X provides counselling, practical advice, befriender services, and education for women in the sex industry. We educate them on what avenues of recourse are available for them in cases of abuse, and encourage them to speak up when they are victims of abuse. Visit https://theprojectx.org/ for more info!

ABOUT THE POETS

DEBORAH EMMANUEL

is a Singaporean poet, performer and professional speaker. As a slam poet, she has won competitions in Singapore, Germany and Australia. Her work has been privileged to be asked to the Barcelona International Poetry Festival, Q Berlin Questions and TEDx Singapore, and she has been invited as a resident to esteemed places like The Watermill Centre and Literarisches Colloquium Berlin. ​Deborah​ has written When I Giggle In My Sleep (2015), Rebel Rites (2016) and Genesis Visual Poetry Collection (2018). When not writing or performing poetry, she makes music with Mantravine, Wobology and Kiat, creates movement pieces, teaches workshops, paints/illustrates and devises independent theatre.

SHIVRAM GOPINATH

is a writer, spoken word performer, and twice-winning Singapore National Poetry Slam Champion. His poetry has been heard at the Singapore Writers Festival, Borobudur Writers and Cultural Festival, and Jaipur Literary Festival among others. His most recent work is Mein Shaayar to Nahin (I Am Not A Poet) - a collaborative project that combines spoken word and music from Tamil and Hindi cinema as a way of exploring the Indian experience

MELIZARANI T.SELVA

is a Malaysian writer and spoken word poet with notable performances at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival and TEDxGateway Mumbai. Her first book titled ‘Taboo’ made Top 10 Best-Seller List on Malaysia’s No.1 Online Bookstore (MPH). To date, her poems have been translated in French and Bahasa Malaysia. She recently co-published an anthology comprising of 100 poems by 61 poets from Malaysia titled 'When I Say Spoken, You Say Word!', and now, she co-runs the Malaysia National Poetry Slam.

WILLIAM BEALE

is an Australian-ish spoken word artist, "a boy howling his way into the world," and the author/composer of They Call Us Loud. His most recent collection, WAKEUPCITY, is centred on repression and growing up in Singapore. Organiser of the Malaysia National Poetry Slam, he was the recipient of Canada's Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity's 2017 Spoken Word masterclass, studying under Buddy Wakefield and Tanya Evanson. He represented Victoria in the Australian Poetry Slam 2016, performing in the Sydney Opera House, Singapore's Esplanade, George Town Literary Festival, Singapore Writers Festival, Ubud Writers Festival, White Night and more. As a convener and artistic producer, he is a Former Creative Producer of Slamalamadingdong (Melbourne) and Co-founder of If Walls Could Talk (Malaysia).

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#03-00 Circular Road

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