Skip to content

Mapping Culture: Rhyme and Reason


Event Status

Why is it that sometimes we feel a poem’s impact before we’re even sure we understand the words? What magic spell is the poet casting to turn our forgotten memories and associations into something we feel in our bodies and bones?

In our next installment of Mapping Culture, writers and poets Laniyuk and Adolfo Aranjuez join Bec Kavanagh at the Immigration Museum to consider how poetry can tell stories and evoke recollections in dynamic, sometimes transformative, ways. In this interactive panel, we’ll focus on the various techniques of mastering rhythm in poetry, and how this beating pulse can be the thing that brings your poems (and the memories they’re describing!) to life.

Students are encouraged to bring along writing materials to work on their own poems during the experience.

This event will be followed by a tour of the Immigration Museum’s Becoming You exhibition, where participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the stories and moments that make up their own lives.

These workshops are recommended for students in years 8-10.

Presented in partnership with the Immigration Museum


Adolfo Aranjuez

Adolfo Aranjuez is an editor, writer, speaker and dancer. He is currently the Melbourne International Film Festival’s publications and content manager as well as Liminal magazine’s publication editor; previously, he edited the magazines Metro and Archer. Adolfo’s essays, criticism and poetry h... Read more


Laniyuk is a Larrakia, Kungarakan, Gurindji and French writer and performer. She has been published nationally and internationally in poetry collections such as Solid Air (2019) and Fire Front (2020), in the 2022 speculative fiction anthologies Unlimited Futures and This All Come Back Now as well as... Read more

Bec Kavanagh

Bec Kavanagh is a Melbourne-based writer and academic whose work examines the representation of women’s bodies in literature. She has appeared at the Melbourne and Sydney Writers Festivals and on Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily. Bec has judged a number of literary prizes, including the V... Read more


Theatrette, Immigration Museum

400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

More details

Stay up to date with our upcoming events and special announcements by subscribing to The Wheeler Centre's mailing list.

Privacy Policy

The Wheeler Centre acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Centre stands. We acknowledge and pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their Elders, past and present, as the custodians of the world’s oldest continuous living culture.