Radio Laria with Angela Costi and Alana Kesall Wednesday 6th July

This chilly July stay inspired and warm with fabulous poetry from Angela Costi and Alana Kelsall. We are thrilled to be hosting these wise and wonderful women who as well as being exclaimed poets, have been very giving to the Melbourne poetry scene.

Radio Laria provides a safe, inclusive space for poets, writers and story tellers to share their work. We have an open mic with 10 spots. Sign up on the night, and all genders are welcome to share. Tickets are $10 or $5 concession and are available from:

We will also have tickets on the door. The gig takes place at Open Studio (204 High Street, 3070), a Northcote institution for culturally amazing gigs. Come along and join this warm, vibrant poetry community and don’t forget about Open Studio’s yummy crepes!

Angela Costi

Angela Costi is a poet and freelance writer with a background in community arts and social justice. Angela is the author of five poetry collections, most recently An Embroidery of Old Maps and New (Spinifex, 2021). The Relocated arts project, for which she was writer-in-residence at the former Kensington Public Housing Estate, received the national award for community innovation, 2002. In 2009, she traveled to Japan with support from the Australia Council for the Arts as part of an international collaboration involving her poetic text A Nest of Cinnamon (Cordite Poetry Review, 2013). She lives on unceded Wurundjeri land.

Alana Kelsall

Alana Kelsall is an award-winning poet and short story writer who grew up on a farm near Cavendish on Djab Wurrung country and now lives in Naarm/Melbourne. She is a past winner of the Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize and runner-up for the W. B. Yeats Poetry Prize. She has been shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize and commended in both the ArtsACT Rosemary Dobson Award and the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Her chapbook, the distance between us, was published by Melbourne Poets Union. She is working on a full-length collection. Her poetry has appeared most recently in StylusLit, Teesta Review and Burrows.

Photo credits Raffaella Torresan

Alana Kelsall and Angela Costi reading at “Melbourne Poets Live” in 2003.