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Mapping Culture: Rhyme and Reason

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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

Featuring

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

Laniyuk is a writer and performer of poetry and short memoir. She contributed to the book Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives in 2015, has been published online in Djed Press and the Lifted Brow, as well as in poetry collections such as Solid Air (UQP 2019). She received Canbe... Read more

Portrait of Bec Kavanagh
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

Location

Theatrette, Immigration Museum

400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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