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Quick and Dirty Readings: VICE


Held in a variety of locations throughout the city and beyond, our Quick & Dirty new work readings present a diverse array of South Australian voices sharing their works in progress.

In 2017 our Quick & Dirty series is focusing on the big things in life: love, food, vice and death, as we explore their boundaries and uncover our readers’ hidden secrets.

Our first event for the year, Death, was a spooky success, with an incredible line up of readers performing their work to a riveted audience as dusk fell across the graves in West Terrace Cemetery.

Our next event will feature exclusive readings by a new bunch of established and emerging writers on the theme of VICE, held at Jack Ruby on King William st. Don’t miss it!

Meet our brilliant line up:

Jess M. Miller is an Adelaide-based emerging writer; her works have been published in Empire Times, Lip and Indaily, and she has forthcoming works in both Bowen Street Press’ Pulse Anthology, and MidnightSun’s Crush: Stories About Love anthology, on which she also worked as an editor. Jess is currently a literary reviewer for the MOSF Journal of Science Fiction, and a PhD candidate at Flinders University. Her research interrogates representations of women in time-travel fiction.

Alison Bennett won the 2016 South Australian Poetry Slam, and went on to compete as a National finalist for Australian Poetry Slam at The Sydney Opera House. Since then, she has performed as a feature poet for Paroxysm Press; Draw Your (S)words, The Hearth Collective and Spoken Word SA, as well as being invited to present to students at Adelaide College of The Arts. Recently, she took up singing lessons in the hope of one day fulfilling her latent desire to front a punk band.

Matcho Cassidy is a young writer who has recently taken over coordinating Soul Lounge, which is a relaxed evening of poetry, smooth beats and hot drinks held on the last Friday of every month in the atrium at SA Writers Centre.

Jane Turner Goldsmith is a writer, psychologist and teacher. Her novel Poinciana (Wakefield Press, 2006) was shortlisted for a Commonwealth Prize. She has also published short stories, poetry and children’s fiction and edited a non-fiction anthology of adoption stories. She has worked as a content writer for the Black Dog Institute, taught fiction writing through TafeSA and edits SA Psychnews. She currently works as student counsellor at the University of Adelaide, and writes on mental health and wellbeing for staff and students.

Ali Cobby Eckermann’s work has been published in various languages and she has travelled widely to showcase Aboriginal poetry overseas. In 2013 Ali toured Ireland as an Australian Poetry Ambassador and won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and Book Of The Year (NSW) for Ruby Moonlight, a massacre verse novel. She was the inaugural recipient of the Tungkunungka Pintyanthi Fellowship at Adelaide Writers Week, and is the first Aboriginal Australian author invited to attend the International Writing Program at University of Iowa. Her memoir Too Afraid To Cry was launched in New Delhi India in 2015, on her way to Jaipur Literature Festival, and in 2016 Ali presented a Keynote at the Active Aesthetics conference in Berkeley, California. In March 2017 she was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for poetry by Yale University.

Owen Heitmann is an award-winning South Australian comic creator who is interested in the medium’s ability to tell stories beyond the superhero genre with which it is often closely associated. His short stories have been published in comics anthologies and literary magazines in the US, Canada and Australia. Owen is also co-organiser of Comics with Friends and Strangers, a monthly meeting aimed at comics creators, which recieved the 2014 Express Media Award for ‘Best New Project by a young person or for young people in South Australia’.


NOTE FOR MEMBERS: if you’re interested in reading at our Quick & Dirty events make sure to keep your eye on our enews for call outs, or visit our website for information on how to pitch your stories. This is a curated event, but we are always looking to offer opportunities to new readers. 

Alcohol may be on sale at our Quick & Dirty venues. See event listing for updates. 

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