Magical Readings at Midsumma
Melbourne’s premiere arts and cultural event for the GLBTI community Midsumma Festival began on the weekend.
For events of a literary bent there’s the international visitors, Canadian couple Jan Andrews and Jennifer Cayley who present The Book of Spells.
Their storytelling promises a blend of magic realism and a celebration of queer culture. The performance is a re-imagining of what it is to be a witch, following a young girl’s journey of self discovery. Andrews explained to MCV recently, “A witch is loving, loyal and hopeful. And all you have to do if you want to become a witch is say, ‘I am a witch!’”
Also on the programme is Words On Wednesday, a series of readings kicking off tonight with Jean Taylor, and next week Tom Cho reading from his forthcoming book. There’s also a queer poetry slam, Word Is Out and many other literary events over the next couple of weeks.