Join the co-creators of Mothertongues – a genre-defying collaborative project about motherhood – in this relaxed event featuring readings and live music. Co-authors Ceridwen Dovey and Eliza Bell read selections from the book, and singer songwriter Keppie Coutts and award-winning musicians Maria Alfonsine and Damian de Boos-Smith perform some of the original songs from the Mothertongues audiobook and album.

This is a free event. Bookings are not required, however we recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Ceridwen Dovey (Australian)

Ceridwen Dovey

Ceridwen Dovey is the author of Only the Animals and On J.M. Coetzee: Writers On Writers and has won an Australian Museum Eureka Award & UNSW Press Bragg Prize for her essays. She likes to experiment across different genres and collaborate with other artists. She's currently working with Rowena Potts on a short film trilogy about outer space (including Moonrise and Requiem for the Space Station). Her latest book, Mothertongues, is co-created with Eliza Bell, with original songs by Keppie Coutts.

Eliza Bell (Australian)

Eliza Bell

Eliza Bell is a teacher, writer and theatre actor, originally from America and now living permanently in Australia. Her theatre performances include: The Memory of WaterA Midsummer Night’s DreamNew JerusalemThe Accident, Charles Mee’s Snow in JuneDonnie Darko and Three Sisters. She trained at Studio Magenia Ecole de Mime in Paris and the Moscow Art Theatre, UC Berkeley and the ART Institute at Harvard University.

Keppie Coutts (Australian)

Keppie Coutts

Keppie Coutts is an Australian singer-songwriter, blending jazz-infused folk into a Chagall painting of sound. Keppie defies boundaries - in 2021, songs she co-wrote by artists seeking her skill in lyric writing had over 5.5 million streams in genres ranging from heavy metal to pop. Eight original songs appear in the audiobook release of Mothertongues - one of the first audiobooks to interweave a full album of original songs.

Maria Alfonsine (Australian)

Maria Alfonsine

Composer, songwriter, musical director, and performer, Maria Alfonsine received two APRA nominations (Best Music for a Television Series, and Best Television Theme) for ABC series Wakefield, and an ARIA nomination for its soundtrack album. Other recent work includes Australian feature Akoni, and music theatre productions with Hilary Bell. With Damian de Boos-Smith she runs MADBS Composing Palace, where they compose, record and produce music for stage, screen and commercial release.

Damian de Boos-Smith (Australian)

Damian de Boos-Smith

Damian de Boos-Smith received a 2017 APRA nomination for Most Performed Screen Composer - Australia, and a 2021 ARIA nomination for Best Soundtrack Album for ABC series Wakefield, on which he is the featured instrumentalist. Damian is co-founder, cellist and guitarist in the contemporary flamenco group Arrebato Ensemble, and guitarist on the film scores of Happy Feet 2, Lego Batman and Peter Rabbit. With Maria Alfonsine he teaches Composition for Creative Industries at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.