Radio Laria with Kendra Keller and Es Foong Wednesday 1st March

Radio Laria returns with features from the wise and talented Es Foong (aka Waffle Iron Girl) and Kendra Keller (aka Lady Longdrop). Es Foong is a much-loved Melbourne poet and an organiser at Melbourne Spoken Word. Whether Es is interviewing poets on the awesome 3CR Spoken Word Show, helping communicate the latest Melbourne poetry gigs or sharing her haunting, thought-provoking poetry, it is always wonderful to hear from her. Kendra Keller is a poet, physical performer and theatre maker who captivates audiences with her unique insight and wit. Tickets are $10 (full) or $5 (concession) and are available at:

Doors open 7pm and the live poetry kicks off at 7:30
We are also looking forward to the open mic where poets, storytellers and writers of all kinds are encouraged to share their work. All genders are welcome to read, sign up on the night, 10 slots available and 5 minute limit. The audience is very supportive and we welcome new readers.

Our venue Open Studio (204 High St, 3070) is 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!

Kendra Keller (also know as Lady Longdrop) is a poet, physical performer, theatre maker, producer, and tender of the creative compost.

Her work has been described by audiences as provocative, passionate, versatile, philosophical, absorbing and hilarious.

Kendra’s theatre show ‘Yay For Cane Toads!’ was nominated for ‘Best Theatre’ and won the ‘Spirit Of Fringe Award’ for its premiere season at Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2019.

Her collection of poems “Hey Moon!” was reprinted six times in its first year (2015-16).

Her hobbies include working as an amateur detective, seeking evidence of double rainbows in the eyes of babies born as flood waters recede.

Es Foong aka Waffle Irongirl

Es Foong (Waffle Irongirl) is a poet, flash fictionista and spoken word performer living on the land of the Wurundjeri people. Their poems have appeared in Australian Poetry Journal, Rabbit Poetry, Kalliope X and the Best of Australian Poems 2022 anthology. They have performed on poetry stages including La Mama Poetica and Queensland Poetry Festival 2022. On-stage, they are the poetic analogue of heavy-metal karaoke. Off-stage, they eat identity labels for breakfast. Their debut poetry collection “Clot and Marrow” will be released from Recent Work Press in September 2023. They live online at