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Wislawa Szymborska: The Poet’s Voice


This evening of poetry and performance in Polish and English celebrates Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska.

Curated by Ellen Koshland and in partnership with the Australian Poetry Centre, this evening pays tribute to this remarkable poet.

In Poland, Szymborska is a beloved and respected figure with her poems widely read and memorised. Since winning the Nobel Prize in 1996, her international reputation has grown. This night of dramatic performance with some of Melbourne’s most respected actors, performers and writers continues to spread her dazzling words.


Jacek Koman

Polish-born actor Jacek Koman has appeared in features such as Children of Men, Defiance, Australia, Romulus, My Father but is best known for his rendition of Roxanne as a narcoleptic Argentinian in Moulin Rouge. Jacek has also had a distinguished theatre career, enjoying roles with Australia’s pr... Read more

Robert Richter

Robert Richter, QC, specialises in Administrative Law, Criminal Law and Human Rights. He is the former chairman of the Criminal Bar Association, former President of Victorian Council for Civil Liberties, former part-time Law Reform Commissioner for Victoria and former member of Bar Council. ... Read more

Marta Kaczmarek

Actor, poet and performer Marta Kaczmarek awarded a Cavalier Cross by the Polish government for her efforts to spread Polish culture in Australia. She has appeared in Shine and Underbelly. Marta Kaczmarek trained at the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Krakow, Poland. Her debut as Nata... Read more


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