Boroondara Soiree featuring Emile Zoey Baker

I’m feeling old when I see that two of the three headliners for the forthcoming Boroondara Soiree have myspace pages! Including Emilie Zoey Baker (above) What’s that about? Luxury! In my day we made our own pages using Microsoft Front Page and we were damn grateful! I always thought that myspace pages were intrinsically ugly, but maybe that’s generational too!

Anyway, the next soiree is at Hawthorn Town Hall from 7pm on April 7. There’s more information online but the information below pretty much sums it up.

This month’s soiree coincides with an exhibition in the Town Hall Gallery Headset Mindset, featuring new paintings, works on paper and audio-visual components by five contemporary emerging artists. Literary, music and visual art fans will be entertained by music, poetry and surrounded by innovative art work at the April Boroondara Soiree.

MUSICIAN: Ned Collette’s first album Jokes and Trials came out in 2006, and his second album Future Suture, is now out in Australia on the interstellar Dot Dash label. Ned’s band consists of Joe Talia on drums and Ben Bourke on bass, and has just finished a national Australian tour, taking in both the Queenscliff and Meredith festivals, as well as touring New Zealand with Cassette and Bachelorette. Early in 2007 saw Ned tour to Europe and the USA, playing his own headline shows, and supporting among others, Joanna Newsom, Camera Obscura and the Akron Family. Ned will be playing a special solo show for the Boroondara Soiree. Further details at:

POET: Emilie Zoey Baker has been published internationally, she is a ten-time slam champion and winner of numerous awards, including the 2006 World Performance Poetry Cup. Her work has been heard on international radio and television. She has performed in many festivals including the 2007 Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Wellington Fringe Festival. Her published work includes the anthology She wore the sky on her shoulders (Hit and Miss Publications). Further details at:

MC: Matt Hetherington is a writer and musician based in Preston. His first collection of poetry, Surface, was published through PRECIOUS PRESS and the latest is I Think We Have (Small Change Press, Brisbane, 2007). He has translated poetry from French, Persian (with Ali Alizadeh), Spanish, and Turkish (with Hidayet Ceylan). Matt was off-line editor of Straight from the Tank, a film featuring over 60 poetry performances in Melbourne, culled from footage for the Red Lobster TV show. He is also on the board of the Australian Haiku Society and a founding member of rookuTroupe, part of the team responsible for the Moving Galleries Project. Some current poetic inspirations: Antonio Porchia, Jellaladin Rumi, Paul Eluard, Emily Dickinson, Henri Michaux and Thierry Henry. Further details at: