connecting poetry and TED

As well as taking part in events at the Sydney Writers Festival next week, I'll also be doing a quite different gig in Sydney on Saturday 22 May, at the Carriageworks.

I will be part of some readings organised by The Red Room, at an event called TEDx, which is taking place in Sydney at CarriageWorks on Saturday 22 May 2010 and featuring, as the website claims, a selection of Australia's leading visionaries and storytellers showcasing their Ideas Worth Spreading LIVE to a group of thinkers ... as well as ONLINE to the world at large"."

It's part of something called TED which is described as "a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design".

As for the poetry part it will include Johanna Featherstone from the Red Room making a presentation about the role of poetry in Australian society. To complement Johanna's talk will be readings and performances from Eytan Messiah (Benezra), Jill Jones, Lionel Fogarty and Lisa Gorton. There will be two sessions, one at lunch time, and one in the afternoon: 1:30 - Jill Jones & Benezra; 3:30 - Lionel Fogarty & Lisa Gorton.


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