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Reading the City: Poetry in Fashion


Across March we’ll be Reading the City; shining a light on the many ways we understand and talk about Melbourne itself. From the city as an abstract concept to the physical landscape in all its permutations, we’ll be hearing from visual artists and architects, policy makers and designers, novelists and historians. The City of Literature becomes the focus, and you’ll never read it the same way again.

Poetry in Fashion

As part of Reading the City, a very special collaboration with the Melbourne Fashion Festival and the Australian Poetry Centre. Is there poetry to fashion? Is poetry fashionable? Where, if anywhere, do these two unalike worlds collide?

Hosted by Mikala Tai, Cultural Manager of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival and featuring:

Emilie Zoe Baker, poet, performer and radio presenter
Alicia Sometimes, poet, producer and presenter of the 3RRR show Aural Text
Sean Whelan, poet and fashion trendsetter
Lisa Gorton, poet for the new clothing line, A Stitch in Rhyme
Cassandra Atherton, poet and fashion aficionado
Amber Renae, editor of the fashion publication, X and Y Magazine
Sarah Gale, Judge of TV series *Project Runway *
Jenny Bannister: declared an Australian Fashion legend and honoured with a postage stamp.

A collaboration of poetry and clothes, A Stitch in Rhyme, will be launched at this very exciting event.


Alicia Sometimes

Alicia Sometimes is an Australian writer and broadcaster. She has performed her spoken word and poetry at many venues, festivals and events around the world. Her poems have been in Best Australian Science Writing, Best Australian Poems, Overland, Southerly, Meanjin, the Age, ABC TV’s Sunday... Read more

Lisa Gorton

Lisa Gorton’s first collection, Press Release, was shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Award and the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award, and won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry. She completed a doctorate on John Donne’s poetry and prose. She has also written a novel for children, Cloudla... Read more


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