First Three Rows May Get Topless

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“When I was at uni, me and a few girlfriends came up with the idea to get naked, cover ourselves in glitter and yell about shit. We thought it was hilarious, but we didn’t know if it would fly and we hadn’t had much performing experience.” Five years later, Tony was the last of the group still in Canberra, but felt she now had the experience to make Glitoris happen. “It was right after Julia’s misogyny speech in Parliament,” she says. “It felt like this new wave of feminism was coming through. It was the right time.”

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For best results, BYO microwave

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There is a quote, attributed to either a German politician or an American poet, that anyone wishing to keep their respect for laws and sausages should not see how either is made. Sausages aside, I’ve always thought that seeing the process of creation usually enhances the appreciation of just about everything else. Reuben Ingall, prolific Canberra musician and offbeat-sound enthusiast, feels the same way.

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Still a good score

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What’s it like at places where people go and stand before a crowd and have their writing publicly judged? The good news is that I wouldn’t describe the atmosphere at a poetry slam as fear-inducing. Raucous – yes. Rowdy – certainly. Structured by a loose handful of rules, each more puzzling than the last – definitely. But not really scary at all.

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Begin at the beginning

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I have a lot of admiration for people who have produced great novels and great albums, but the largest space in my heart is reserved for the beginners. People who are just starting out, and can think of a thousand excuses not to continue, but who push through and do the thing regardless. I’ve always wondered what the difference is between them and the ones who sit around talking about “someday”.

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Shark in dolphin’s clothing

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Since writing the period essay, I’ve definitely had people say to me “Oh, I’ve had this experience” and I’ve kind of become the collector of menstrual experiences. Which I don’t object to in the least! But I don’t know if people have censored themselves around me as a product of that. I don’t want that to be the case, but I can also see that I’m possibly a bit of a shark, or maybe a shark that looks like a dolphin. And everyone’s like, “Yay! Let’s play with the dolphin!” And then I’ll go away and kill one of them.

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