Meet the Performers for the upcoming Visible Ink Fundraiser!


VISIBLE INK presents a night of comedy, readings, raffles, art and money-making – all in the name of PAYING OUR CONTRIBUTORS! 

It is with great pleasure and excitement we announce and introduce the Performers for the upcoming Visible Ink Reading Night and Fundraiser, to be held on Friday 11 July at Kerr St Studios. It is an absolute honour to feature the following Readers at our much anticipated fundraiser.

Ara Sarafian 

Ara Sarafian is one of the editors at Visible Ink, and a freelance writer from Melbourne. He’s been published in The Lifted Brow, The Conversation and a number of other publications. He also once won a short, short story competition with a 48-word submission that he wrote while sitting on the toilet. His blog, The Life Less Travelled, chronicles his travels to over fifty countries.

Ara is currently studying Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. He’s of Armenian descent and therefore very hairy.

Jacky T 

JackyT is a performance poet/MC/producer based in Melbourne. Originally from country Vic, he wears city life like an itchy woollen sweater and spends equal amounts of time on production, live improv shows and fighting a rehabilitating Malibu and Berroca morning habit, which often stretches deep into the evening.

He is a published poet and award winning slam artist, after releasing a free instrumental ep “Old Stylus ep” and chapbook “Things I see around Brunswick” last year. Jacky T is currently working on a debut concept album “A Night Out In”.

Kate Dehnert 

Highly acclaimed, mind-blowing amazing electro-comedian. Kate has performed her four-and-a-half-star show, Noise Adventure in the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The Herald Sun said that Kate Dehnert is “bizarre, brave, daring, probably dangerous, but most of all smart and very funny…a psychedelicomic superstar.”

She’s been described as “true work of unique brilliance.” and the “daughter of The Mighty Boosh”. Get on board for her electro-magic.

Ania Walwicz 

Ania Walwicz is a poet renowned for her impressionistic style. Her work has been performed by La Mama Theatre, the Sydney Chamber Choir and set to music by ChamberMade and she has performed in France, Japan and Switzerland. Ania’s latest collection of poems, The Palace of Culture is out now through Puncher & Wattman.

Simon Keck

Multi award-winning comedian, published writer, radio broadcaster, illustrator and animator. Simon Keck has written for Vice magazine, Crickey and more. His shelves of awards for performing comedy is overflowing with the Golden Gibbo award (most original, independent comedy) from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Outstanding Comedy award from the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and is a Best Comedy Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award Winner.

Keck’s most recent show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival was ‘Let’s Write A Book’ in which he co-wrote a book with audiences from every show. “A BRILLIANT wordsmith.” – Squirrel Comedy

Koraly Dimitriadis 

Koraly Dimitriadis is a Cypriot-Australian poet, writer and performer. Her poetry book, Love and Fuck Poems, started as a zine and is now an Australian bestseller for poetry. She created four films of her poems and a book trailer, which will be launched on 14 August at Loop Bar (Details).

In 2013 Koraly received an ArtStart grant that allowed her to travel to Cyprus to perform, and to work with a translator.  The Greek edition of Love and Fuck Poems will soon be launched by a Cypriot publisher.

Koraly is currently working on her second book, Good Greek Girl – a novel told through short story, prose and poetry. A theatre show based on the book was performed during the 2013 La Mama Explorations and is due to return in 2015.

She is also working on a novel, Misplaced, with the guidance of Christos Tsiolkas.

Sian Prior

Sian Prior has just released her first book, Shy – A Memoir, a brilliantly written, honest and intelligent examination into shyness and how it affects her. She’s been in publications such as The Age, The Drum, The Big Issue, Meanjin and Visible Ink. She teaches professional writing and editing at RMIT, works as a broadcaster, professional singer and clarinettist, and is now working on her PhD at RMIT in creative writing.

This year Prior will be a guest at the Sydney, Brisbane, Byron Bay and Melbourne Writers Festivals.

Click here for the official Visible Ink fundraiser Facebook event!

Come along and help the 2014 Visible Ink team to raise as much as possible and support your fellow writers and artists.

How I Write

An author wearing a helmet-like oxygen mask and writing.

Image from “Science and Invention” magazine, July 1925

Write three sentences on my laptop then check Facebook; check Twitter; scroll through emails; listen to podcasts; go to the shops to buy food to eat; eat; draw a picture; grab a drink with a friend; talk logistics about how to replace a current housemate; organise interviews for potential housemates; copy CDs onto my computer; search around tumblr for “writing inspiration”; do nerdy things to get more followers on Twitter; do nerdy things to get rid of all my unfollowers on Twitter; call my boyfriend; clean my room; do my laundry even though it isn’t Sunday (aka Weekly National Laundry Day); get lost in a YouTube spiral; write blog posts for my own personal blog; go for a walk because clearly I can’t write until I get my blood pumping; run into a friend while on the walk; call up our mutual friend to come join us who then suggests a road trip to Ballarat to visit another mutual friend; all move to Ballarat where I’m sure I can become a resident writer at whatever writing places there are in Ballarat; end up working in the Ballarat Maccas; wonder how my life ended up this way; move back to Melbourne; write three more sentences on my laptop.

Ah yes, procrastination.