Free, no bookings required.


Fri 18 Mar
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Incendium Radical Library Press at the NGV
Sat 19 Mar
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
no more talk
Sat 19 Mar
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Labour and Misery
Sun 20 Mar
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Modern Woman
Sun 20 Mar
2:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Reading Group


National Gallery of Victoria, Saint Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC, Australia


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Performing Poetics Past Event

Presented by The National Gallery of Victoria

In this highlight program, The National Gallery of Victoria presents a range of Australia’s most exciting and radical poetic voices over the Melbourne Art Book Fair opening weekend. Featuring curated sessions exploring language, poetry and performance from Rosa Press, Elena Gomez, Bella Li, No More Poetry and Incendium Radical Library Press.

Explore readings on labour, abolition and love; poetry responding to artworks in the NGV collection; theatrical performance; panel discussion on language and intersectionality, as well as examination of the function of poetry and publishing.

Publications from the Performing Poetics curators and friends will be available the the NGV Design Store stand in the Great Hall.

Incendium Radical Library Curator

Incendium Radical Library is a community library, reading room, and publishing press with a focus on centering marginalised voices, radical politics, and critical literature. Since its founding in 2016 the library has held writers residencies, poetry nights, workshops, and published 11 books of poetry from emerging writers. Incendium Radical Library is situated on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation.

no more poetry Curator

no more poetry is an independent poetry and art press based in Naarm run by daniel ward and Joshua Edward. The press primarily focuses on debut collections of poetry from local artists along with an annual magazine traversing an array of both local and international visual and text-based ephemera

Rosa Press Curator

Rosa Press is a publishing collective based on unceded Wangal Country. The press makes books, pamphlets, and other miscellanea dedicated to communism and its poetics.

Bella Li Curator

Bella Li is the author of Argosy (Vagabond Press, 2017), which won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry and the NSW Premier’s Award for Poetry, Lost Lake (Vagabond Press, 2018), shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award, and Theory of Colours (Vagabond Press, 2021). 

Elena Gomez Curator

Elena Gomez is the author of Admit the Joyous Passion of Revolt (Puncher & Wattmann), Body of Work (Cordite) and several chapbooks and pamphlets. 

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