Language changes when read aloud; previously unheard rhythms, timbres and tones come alive off the page. How do novelists approach writing a play, poets consider both spoken-word and print, or playwrights pivot to memoir? In an event curated by writer and performer Maeve Marsden, she sits down with Bornean-Australian rapper, poet and author Omar Musa (Killernova), iconic playwright David Williamson (Home Truths) and award-winning writer and poet Maxine Beneba Clarke (How Decent Folk Behave) to discuss how they write for performance, what it feels like to hear and see your words in motion, and the challenges of adapting between different mediums.

Omar Musa (Australian)

Omar Musa

Omar Musa is a Bornean-Australian author, visual artist and poet from Queanbeyan, Australia. He has released four poetry books (including Killernova), four hip-hop records, and received a standing ovation at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House. His debut novel Here Come the Dogs was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and the Miles Franklin Award and he was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year in 2015. His one-man play, Since Ali Died, won Best Cabaret Show at the Sydney Theatre Awards in 2018. He has had several solo exhibitions of his woodcut prints.

David Williamson (Australian)

David Williamson

David Williamson is one of Australia's best known and most widely performed playwrights and a leading screenwriter. Over a span of 50 years he has written over 50 plays performed internationally and over 20 films and television series'. He was the first person outside Britain to receive the George Devine Award for an original play, and his many other awards include 12 Australian Writers' Guild AWGIE Awards, five Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Screenplay and, in 1996, The United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Award. In 2005 David was given the Richard Lane Award for services to the Australian Writers' Guild. David has also received four honorary doctorates and been made an Officer of the Order of Australia, and been named one of Australia's National Living Treasures. In 2021, David released his memoir Home Truths.

Maxine Beneba Clarke (Australian)

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the ABIA and Indie award winning author of over nine books for adults and children, including the critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the bestselling memoir The Hate Race, the Victorian Premier's Award-winning poetry collection Carrying the World, and the Boston Globe/Horn Prize winning picture book The Patchwork Bike, illustrated by Van T. Rudd. She is the editor of Best Australian Stories 2017, and Growing Up African in Australia. Her most recent poetry collection is How Decent Folk Behave.

Maeve Marsden (Australian)

Maeve Marsden

Maeve Marsden is a writer and theatremaker. She was a 2020 Phillip Parsons fellow at Belvoir Theatre, and has written, directed and performed in a number of critically acclaimed theatre productions, touring Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Maeve curates national storytelling project Queerstories, and her writing has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, Guardian Australia, Junkee and Archer Magazine, among others.