Refugee Art Project event Thursday, June 20, 2019

Read To Me is super excited to be collaborating with the wonderful Refugee Art Project.

If you don’t know them, Refugee Art Project is a not for profit community art organisation that conducts regular art workshops with asylum seekers and refugees in Sydney's inner west. Through their workshops, exhibitions and self-published zines they seek to facilitate the self-expression and social inclusion of refugees, activating art in the struggle for social justice. 

It’s an amazing organization and we are so proud to be partnering with them for this event.

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The event will take place at the Refugee Art Project’s studio space at 40 Arthur Street in Ashfield. It will start at 6:30pm and run to about 8:30pm.

As always (if we do say so ourselves), a wonderful line up for the night: Safdar Ahmed (who drew the image above), Refugee Art Project, Claudia Chinyere Akole, Can Yalcinkaya, Anton Pulvirent, Sara M, Jin Hien Lau, Lotte Alexis

Sheesh!

See you there.
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Other Worlds Launch party x Read To Me

For the second year in a row we are helping throw Other Worlds throw a pre-fair celebration at Knox St Bar. We have another super strong lineup of zine and comics makers will be performing their work.

The event takes place on May 25 and readings start at 7 PM and end… well, we’re not really sure when they will end. 9:00pm? 9:30pm? But even when the readings are done there will be music so who knows! You’ll have to come and find out.

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Co-curated by Meet Me In the Pit’s Chris Neill and Read To Me’s own, wonderful Lizzie Nagy, the night will feature ten (that’s right, ten) readers. Rachel Ang, Erin O'Brien, Tayla Colley, Allison Gallagher, Ryley Miller, Ashley Ronning, Rosie Di Wu, Spewtown, Thea Kable, and KAZKOM.

And then, as if that wasn’t enough, there will be a special night cap from Plastic Rupert!

What a night!

Knox Street Bar on May 7th

Put away your Bananagrams on Tuesday, May 7th, and join us at Knox Street Bar for another night of visual storytelling. Even if you had Backgammon planned, or Rummikub with friends, or if you were just planning to rewatch Game of Thrones in its entirety! Put all that away dawg! Come hang with us instead.

Usual time, usual place.

And by that I mean 7:30 at Knox Street Bar in Chippendale.
Be there yo.

You’re overdue for a hug.

Read To Me at the 2019 Ledger Awards

Read to me is jumping in bed with the Ledger Awards for the love of comics this Friday (the 26th of April)!

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The 2019 Ledger Awards Ceremony will be held in the Gallery Room of the State Library of NSW and it’ll be peppered with comic readings. Hosted by the lovely, talented and tall Bernard Caleo, the night will feature readings by Sandra Broman, Thomas Campi, Marc Pearson, Bailey Sharp, Teloka Berry, Priscilla Wu, and (if luck is with us) a special surprise guest.

Doors will open at 6:30pm this Friday (the 26th of April) with the Awards Ceremony commencing at 7pm. Access is via the Mitchell Steps on Shakespeare Place. Official proceedings will be followed by socialising and celebration in the Library’s beautiful Friends Room.

Admission is… FREE but tickets must be reserved here via Eventbrite.

See you there.

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Knox Street Bar on March 5th

The official start of our 2019 Knox Street Bar residency promises to be a good one.

Real good.

Best Tuesday you’ve had in ages.

The event will start at 7:30pm and run to about 9:30pm. And it’s free! Woot!

Knox Street Bar has food and drinks and our events are crowded with the loveliest folks. We should have a TV setup outside the main performance space should it get too crowded this time. Come early, stay late, rekindle your love of specialty hotdogs and great visual stories.

The night will feature some Read To Me favourites as well as new readers. Sophia Melika, Ros Hoops, Jin Lau, Ilana Bodenstein, Jesse Anderson, Georgette Stefoulis, Lester Chan, Phillip Johnston, Scott Wrigg, and Bryce and Ryan Pemberton.

That lineup!

It’s gonna be rad.



Emte Book Launch x Read To Me

Special Read To Me book launch for Jakarta based artist and cartoonist EMTE! We are super excited to host this event and introduce EMTE's book, Gugug!, to Sydney.

The night will also feature some killer local talent, including Pat Grant, Marcella Cheng, Ben Juers and Erin Sutherland.
It starts at 7:30pm and ends at 9:30pm at Knox Street Bar and we’ll be hanging and having a few drinks afterward.

Bring some extra cash for Emte’s book Gulug!

See you all on the 22nd of Jan!
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Read To Me Hobart

The wonderful folks from the Small Press Zine Fair in Hobart are throwing a Read To Me party to launch their fair.

The event is on Friday November 16th at Bar 3/65.Opens at 7pm, Read To Me at 8pm, and goes until late. Go to level 3, Studio 65 Murray Street (up the elevators to the left of Lush on Murray Street).

$5 entry. Killer stories. Open bar. DJ Philistine. All your favorite people that you never make time to see. It’s going to be rad.

Curated by Josh Santospirito, Read To Me will feature the work of Paul Peart-Smith (Cygnet/UK), Alyssa Bermudez (Hobart/USA), Tony Thorne (Hobart), Leigh Rigozzi (Koonya), Vivienne Cutbush (Hobart), Lucy Adelaide (Hobart), and Meg O’Shea (Sydney).

Each of these artists creates personal, thoughtful, occasionally heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious works for adults, skillfully manipulating the comics medium to create powerful, moving content. Their work addresses political themes, issues of identity, memory, and place, and range in form from comic journalism, to philosophy, fiction and biography.

This event is supported by Island magazine, Read To Me, 3/65, San Kessto Publications, and the 2018 Small Press Zine Fair.

You can find the Faceplant event here.

The Small Press Zine Fair will be held the next day. Don’t miss that either. That’s your chance to take some of the beautiful stories from the night before home with you.

The zine fair is on Saturday November 17 from 1-5pm at the Battery Point Community Hall (52 Hampden Rd).

Free entry into the fair.

See you there.

Knox Street Bar on November 6th

Come celebrate our last show of the year! It’s on a Tuesday! Need I say more?

We have a really wonderful lineup of storytellers for you on the 6th. Bailey Sharp, Marieka Walsh, Thom Bransdon, Ryley Miller, Thea Kable, Karen Beilharz, Kathleen Jennings, Swa Rath, and Fionn McCabe.

Meet us at the usual time at the usual place.

7:30-9:30pm at the The Knox Street Bar in Chippendale.

Click here for the Facebook event (of the year).

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Knox Street Bar on September 4th

Our fourth installment of Read To Me at our favourite cozy pub is just around the corner (if you live in Chippendale anyway). Join us at the usual time (September 4th, 7:30-9:30pm) at the usual place (Knox Street Bar) with the usual thirst for stories... and beer.

Come hang with us. Two months is too long. We miss you.

Hope to see you there.

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Read To Me @ Knox St Bar - July 3

Tall tales and true from Sydney's best visual storytellers. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll probably drink beer.

Our third Read To Me collaboration with Knox Street Bar.

There will be laughter. There will be open heart surgery. There will be food and bathrooms for all sexes. And, as always, as usual, there will be interesting stories with big freakin' pictures.

July 3rd will feature stories by Anthony Calvert, Sam Campbell, Claudia Chinyere Akole, Jin Hien Lau, Alan Rosen, Rocco Fazzari and Bryce Pemberton

730 pm start. Its a Tuesday, whats the worst that can happen?

Other Worlds x Read To Me Saturday May 26th

This Saturday we're teaming up with the Other Worlds Zine Fair to put on a reading at their pre-fair celebration at the Knox Street Bar.

Join us for some great stories, pictures and music, and then stick around for a drink with new friends. Why wouldn’t you? The 26th isn’t a school night or anything!

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Curated by the lovely folks at Other Worlds Zine Fair, the night will feature work by Michael Hawkins, Marc Pearson, Dexter Fletcher, Michael Fikaris, and Plastic Rupert.

The Fair, which runs the following day at Marrickville Town Hall from 12-4pm, is dedicated to providing space for independent comic and zine makers and marginalized voices.

Facebook event can be found here.

Knox Street Bar on May 8th

Our second Read To Me collaboration with Knox Street Bar! The last event was great, but this one will knock your socks on your ass (which, for safety, I am legally obligated to mention).

There will be singing. There will be music. There will be beer, food and bathrooms for all sexes. And, as always, as usual, there will be interesting stories with big freakin' pictures.

May 8th will feature stories by Thomas CampiMeg O'shea, Greg Sindel, Sarah Firth, Jin Lau, Scott Wrigg and Keppie Coutts (w/ musicians Sister Ursuline and Ben Romalis, and drawings by Fionn McCabe).

Stories will commence at Knox St promptly around 7:30pm or so, and wrap up between 9:20-9:30pm on the dot. Come early and have some dinner, seats fill up fast.

READ TO ME - At the State Library Victoria

Grab a seat and be drawn in (pun intended) as cartoonists read you their work in all its audio-visual glory. Come enjoy stories from some of Melbourne's greatest comic makers. Hosted by the lovely Bernard Caleo, the night's selection will include comic journalism, biography and fiction, sometimes all in the one piece. They’ll be personal and political, thoughtful and outrageous, hilarious and heartbreaking.

Readers include Jo Waite, Andrew Weldon, Sarah Firth, Ele Jenkins and Chris Gooch.

The event is presented in partnership with Cardigan Comics and the State Library Victoria.

Knox Street Bar on March 6th

Join us on March 6th, at 7:30pm for the first Read To Me of 2018.

This will be the first performance at our new bimonthly residency at the Knox Street Bar. Come early, hang out, order some dinner, have a drink. It’s on a Tuesday, what’s the worst that could happen?

This latest installment will feature the work of Lizzie Nagy, Tim McEwen, Samuel McEwen, Ilana Bodenstein, Lucie Towers, Ryley Miller and Fionn McCabe.

READ TO ME - Yogyakarta Biennale

While in residence at Krack Studio in Yogjakarta, Read To Me and Comic Art Workshop were invited to present at the city's Art Biennale. A screen was constructed out of bamboo poles and canvas in the park outside the studio for the night. It was lots of fun and, if circumstances allow it, we plan to build bamboo screens for all future outdoor events.

Thi Bui, Campbell Whyte, Josh Santospirito, Sarah Firth, Eleri Harris, Georgina Chadderton, Max Loh, Leigh Rigozzi and Fionn McCabe from the Comic art workshop presented as well as the incredible Indonesian cartoonist Terra Bajraghosa.

READ TO ME - Ubud Writers Festival

On October 28th Read To Me and the Comic Art Workshop presented the work of Rachel Ang, Thi Bui, Campbell Whyte, Josh Santospirito, Sarah Firth, Eleri Harris, Owen heitmann, Georgina Chadderton, Max Loh and Fionn McCabe at Bar Luna at the Ubud Writers Festival.

It was a wonderful night packed with people, laughs, microphone squawks. Many thanks to all who attended.

READ TO ME - Zine There, Done That, October 7, 2017

READ THERE, DONE THAT

Saturday, October 7th at dusk
At the Thirroul Railway Institute Hall


Put your pile of new zines in your tote bag, push through the crowd, grab a drink, find somewhere to sit and enjoy the work of some of the best visual storytellers from the Leisure Coast and Sydney!

Read to Me and Zine There, Done That present local cartoonists, writers, photographers and illustrators in an evening of graphic storytelling. Storytellers include Pat Grant, Meg O'Shea, Louie Joyce, Mary van Reyk, Can Yalcinkaya, Ali Chalmers Braithwaite, Fionn McCabe, Elin Matilda Andersson and Leigh Rigozzi.

Click here for the facebook event.

Photos - Ashfield library Comic Conversation 2017

Photos from the inaugural Read To Me event featuring Eleri Mai Harris, Joshua Santospirito, Sarah Catherine Firth, Meg O Shea, Safdar Ahmed and Lee Whitmore. Part of the Comic Conversation events at Ashfield Library, July, 2017

DRAWING VOICE - Comic Conversation, July 15th, 2017

Push through the crowds, grab a seat, switch your phone to Airplane mode and enjoy the work of some of the best visual storytellers from Sydney and greater Australia.

Drawing Voice, is a storytelling event that places the work of Meg O’Shea (SYD), Joshua Santospirito (HOBART), Safdar Ahmed (SYD), Sarah Catherine Firth (MELB), Lee Whitmore (SYD) and Eleri Mai Harris (CANBERRA), right in front of your eyeballs.

Each of these artists creates personal, thoughtful, occasionally heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious works for adults, skillfully manipulating the comics medium to create powerful, moving content. Their work addresses political themes, issues of identity, memory, and place, and range in form from comic journalism, to philosophy, fiction and biography.

After the readings the authors will engage in a question and answer and you can even purchase some of their books.