Magical Readings at Midsumma

Midsumma storytellers Jennifer Cayley and Jan Andrews

Midsumma storytellers Jennifer Cayley and Jan Andrews

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.