what a fox


I’ve no idea which one of us I’m talking about. Maybe both.

Either way. I would like to cordially invite you to come and see Doubting Thomas and I reconvene for another bout of “he said she said” under the guise of DJ Thought Fox and MC Lady Lazarus as a part of Un-required Reading. In Sydney. The city of fear.  7 December. You may wish to come along because you know me, you live in Sydney now and I Catholic guilted you. This is a perfectly good reason.

But maybe you’d like to suggest your Sydney-sider friend came instead of you, because you already saw it at the Queensland Poetry Festival and kind of thought it was a standout of the festival, like Mr Ocean. Or maybe like Graham Nunn, you think that:

Thought Fox and Lazarus are captivating on the stage, their interaction crackling with energy. It’s the perfect poetry hair-of-the-dog to get the day kickstarted… intensely dark and joyous and I would kill to watch it all over again.

Perhaps you came along to the first time around of Un-required Reading, as a part of the incredible Brisbane Fringe Festival, and you were kind of thinking, like Zenobia Frost  that this audio-visual remix of the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath:

… is a rich, engaging, layered work. Plath’s and Hughes’ voices weave through Jackson’s sensual and Thomas’ eloquent poetics. Numerous lines stick out, and I jot many of them down (mostly illegible, in the dark): “Kiss me, and you’ll know how important I am.”

But it’s not just going to be Doubting Thomas and myself. There’s much more happening at the beautiful Hibernian House on 7 December.

Jade Oldfield and Candy Royalle (incredible winner of the Nimbin Poetry Cup this year!) are hosting this evening of inventive story making – featuring visuals, soundscapes and commentary ranging from the deeply personal, articulately obscure and the lovingly plagiarized. And we’re not just restricting you to Ted and Sylvia, we also have”

  • Emily Grantham, a Sydney-based experimental sound artist, carving ethereal and visceral electronic landscapes. Featuring a special tribute to Sylvia Plath!
  • Liv in(the)finite and Patch Sinclair aka Maia Sinclair-Ferguson unravel heart fibres into a film & spoken word collaborative tapestry: ‘Unwoven’

I’m extremely honoured to reconnect with Liv and Patch, whose collaboration on the BFF gig was skin-prickling. I’d be even happier if you came along too.

(photograph: Elleni Toumpas)

By Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer, cyclist, writer, gal about town, feminist, freewheeler, and friend.

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