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Writing on the Wall - fundraising launch!

Join us for a special evening of poetry in support of Anti-Slavery Australia!

Writing on the Wall
by Anne M Carson is a modern epic poem inspired by her visits to the ancient city of Delphi in Greece where the she encountered the 'Slave Wall', a retaining wall engraved with over 1,000 names, of which some 800 were the names of former slaves who had been released from slavery 'into the hands of God' in Ancient Greece. The wall, not joined with render or cement, has withstood two major earthquakes which demolished all the other buildings at the site.

The author has dedicated this poem to the ending of slavery through the work of Anti-Slavery Australia. Proceeds from the evening will go to support our work to end slavery and human trafficking in Australia.

The evening will be launched by Clare O'Neil MP and will include a reading of the poem by Julian Bailey.

Tickets includes wine and nibbles, a copy of the chapbook and the poetry reading.

WHEN: Thursday 12 October, 2017

WHERE: The Dax Centre30 Royal Parade, Melbourne, Victoria, 3010


Anne M Carson
is a lyric and narrative poet, and visual artist, whose poetry has been published internationally and widely in Australia. Her debut collection, Removing the Kimono, was published in 2013. She has won and been commended in many poetry prizes and was shortlisted for the 2015 Ron Pretty Poetry Prize. She serves as acting Chair on the Board of Ondru a social-change-through-the-arts organisation.

Julian Bailey is a seasoned performer in spoken word, operatic and art song, and piano. He graduated in 1983 from the University of Melbourne with Honours in Piano Performance. Julian also studied singing with Dame Joan Hammond, and worked for a decade as a tenor in the Victorian State Opera Chorus. He is currently a tenor with the Tudor Choristers.

engraved with the names of l,000 former slaves who had been released from slavery. The Wall, made of hexagonal limestones, not joined with glue or grout, has withstood two major earthquakes which have demolished all other buildings at the site. According to the guide, 2,000 years ago it had been illegal to free slaves unless they were given over into the hands of the god. An intriguing story which grabbed hold of the poet's imagination and produced this l0-part poem.

Anne M Carson is a Melbourne writer and visual artist. She has been published in a range of literary journals and anthologies in the USA and Australia, including�Best Australian Poems, 2005. Her work has also been featured on both local and national radio including an earlier program for�Poetica to celebrate International Day of Disabled Persons. She is a trained social worker and currently teaches creative writing.


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