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The Poet’s Voice: Lovers In Trouble

From Catullus to Shakepeare, Auden to Dickinson, poetry has long struggled to understand love. To celebrate the publication of Love Poems by Dorothy Porter, readers including Richard Gill, David Tredinnick, Alicia Sometimes, Kristin Henry, Andrea Goldsmith and Craig Sherborne will read Porter’s works alongside other great poets as they explore love’s hardships and inspirations. A night of passionate poetry brought to life on stage.

Bookings open until 4.30pm on the day of the event with tickets for sale via the Malthouse box office or at the door prior to the event. For wheelchair access, book through the Malthouse Box Office.

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Portrait of Andrea Goldsmith

Andrea Goldsmith

Andrea Goldsmith originally trained as a speech pathologist and was a pioneer in the development of communication aids for people unable to speak. Her first novel, Gracious Living, was published in 1989. This was followed by Modern InteriorsFacing the MusicUnder the Knife, and The Prosperous Thief, which was short-listed for the 2003 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Reunion was published in 2009, and The Memory Trap was awarded the 2015 Melbourne Prize. 

Portrait of Craig Sherborne

Craig Sherborne

Craig Sherborne is an acclaimed memoirist, novelist, poet and playwright, best known for Hoi Polloi, Muck and The Amateur Science of Love.

Portrait of Richard Gill

Richard Gill

Richard Gill is an internationally respected music educator and conductor. He has been artistic director of OzOpera, artistic director and chief conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the adviser for the Musica Viva in Schools program. He is currently music director of Victorian Opera.

Portrait of Kristin Henry

Kristin Henry

Kristin Henry is a Melbourne poet who loves connecting with a live audience. She has read and sung her poetry in many venues throughout Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom over the past 25 years.

Portrait of Alicia Sometimes

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 Arts and more. She is a co-host of the Outer Sanctum podcast (ABC podcasts and radio). 

Portrait of David Tredinnick

David Tredinnick

David Tredinnick is one of Australia’s best known actors best known for his appearance on TV and the stage.

Words and music

All of our lives have soundtracks. We cherish certain songs that have meant something to us in our lives, lyrics that have helped us through tough times and inspired us to do better, or think differently. Similarly, everyone has a shortlist of seminal books, or short stories, or poems that have made a difference to them – pieces of writing that have formed who they are.

Who do our favourite writers listen to? What do the musicians we admire love to read? In each event, our guest writer will highlight two pieces of music that have inspired their writing, while our guest musician tells us about two pieces of writing that have helped shape their musical direction. We eavesdrop on their exchange of treasures, and the conversation that ensues.


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