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Reading Place Aloud (2017)

Finalist in the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture (2017) Design Concept Award for Crafting a City of Literature, supported by the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office

Reading Place Aloud is a public artwork that concerns the sharing of literature in urban public space. It is performative and inclusive and makes reference to the rich oral traditions across cultures, including multicultural Australia and Aboriginal Australian storytelling. Sound is three dimensional and fills space, and vocality adds a sonic dimension to a text that transforms reading into a shared spatial experience. While authorial readings occur at book launches and writers’ festivals, sharing contemporary writing in the public domain enables anyone to casually stop and listen.

The selection of writers will be gender and racially inclusive and the texts will be suitable for all ages. The texts have a strong connection to place, mainly Melbourne but also wider Australia, through Aboriginal writers’ deep cultural connection to this land (eg Tony Birch, Anita Heiss, with permission) and for those who have found asylum here (eg Sabrin Ahmed, Hani Abdile, with permission). I will perform the readings which will last 30 minutes each, one per day, three days a week. A biography of each writer will introduce each reading.

 
       
    Vote online now! Until the end of the November for a finalist to win the Civic Choice Award 2017  
       
    The design concepts of the five finalists for new Public Artwork Design Concept Award 2017 will be displayed in the Atrium at Federation Square in November, 2017. The finalists in this category are Emma Anna, Catherine Clover, Sue Buchanan & Eli Giannini, Matthew Harding, Louise Lavarack  
    A public exhibition of the artwork of the six finalists in the running for the main Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2017 will be held at Federation Square between 13 and 27 November 2017. The finalists in this category are Sarah crowEST, Laresa Kosloff, Bridie Lunney, Sibling Architecture, Daniel von Sturmer, Susan Jacobs  
    Announcements of winners 15 November  
       
       
    Reading Place Aloud: Excerpt from Ghost River by Tony Birch  
       
       
    Reading Place Aloud: Excerpt from When Michael met Mina by Randa Abdel Fatah  
       
     
    Photo Credit Jake Clover  
       
       
     
    Photo Credit Jake Clover  
       
       
     
    Photo Credit Jake Clover  
       
       
     
    Randa Abdel Fatah When Michael met Mina  
       
       
     
    Zana Fraillon The Bone Sparrow  
       
       
     
    Anita Heiss Am I Black enough for you?  
       
       
     
    Anita Heiss Am I Black enough for you?  
       
       
     
    Tony Birch Ghost River  
       
       
     
    Tony Birch Ghost River  
       
       
     
    Bruce Pascoe Dark Emu  
       
       
     
    Bruce Pascoe Dark Emu  
       
       
       
       
   
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