Show me what you mean: the art of storytelling in poetry

Portrait of a woman looking to the left

Explore poetry with Sharifa A Tartoussi that is rooted in storytelling and provide participants with a chance to try practical exercises involving the 'show, don't tell’ concept.

You’ll have the chance to explore the universality of the human experience, the relatability of detailed storytelling, and overcoming the anxiety associated with presenting different and unique experiences to strangers through art.

About the poet

Sharifa A Tartoussi is a poet and spoken word artist based in Naarm (Melbourne). Their journey as an artist has seen them become the first Arab Muslim afab person to be crowned the Australian Poetry Slam Victorian Champion in 2017, perform as an opener for Sierra DeMulder as part of the Melbourne Spoken Word Showcase in 2017, as well as featuring at many festivals around the country.

Their written work has been published in local and international literary magazines, most notably Cordite Poetry Review in late 2019. They also co-founded GriffinSpeak, a quarterly spoken word poetry event that preferentially champions the voices of marginalised communities.

They have since moved on to become one of the creative procedures of Slamalamadingdong. Their first chapbook, Colourblind, was released in 2018 and explored issues of their Arab Muslim identity in a western context.


  • Sunday, 15 May 2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


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