Ashleigh Russell takes a sharp and uncompromising look at issues of mental illness and how one lives with it for decades. Her poetry is often dark, certainly insightful, and may trigger discomfort in some listeners. There are, however, significant moments of positivity, joy and relief, which are beautifully articulated by Ashleigh, not only in her actual poetry but also in her chat with Ela.

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Lisa Bellear

August 17, 2018

This programme features the poetry of long time 3CR stalwart, the late Lisa Bellear. Jen Jewel Brown has recently edited a beautiful anthology of Lisa's poetry for University of Western Australia Publishing. For twenty years, Lisa presented Not Another Koori Show on 3CR before her untimely death. She was not only a poet and broadcaster, but also an academic, social worker, photographer, theatre practitioner, Collingwood City councillor and, of course, passionate political fighter for Indigenous peoples.

Spoken Word - Laundry Man

July 25, 2018


Laundry Man aka Jakob Boyd


July 15, 2018

The remarkable Hunch (aka Daymon Greulich) performs a spectacular set of spoken utterance. He analyses himself, his inner psyche, the world around him, and anything else that might get in the way, at a rate of knots. Just when you thought it couldn't get any faster, he ups the beats per minute to a breathtaking tempo. Norman Gunston on speed. Between pieces, he catches his breath to answer questions from 3CR Spoken Word presenters Ela Fornalska and Santo Cazzati.

Jay J Larkin

May 29, 2018

Santo Cazzati presents Jay J Larkin, convenor of the gig Ms Millies, held monthly at Afro Hub in North Carlton. She talks about what motivated her to start this gig and about her interest in poetry in general. We hear substantial pieces by her covering issues of gender, sexuality and race, written and delivered in a pointed and incisive style.


May 22, 2018

On this programme from the early 2010s, Paulie (aka Paul Daniele), far left revolutionary anarchist, performance poet and grassroots philosopher, is featured as guest of fellow far left Italian Australian Santo Cazzati. We hear a round-the-world travel poem from a left wing perspective; a touching snapshot of High Street, Northcote; an Invasion Day diatribe; and even a love poem - complete with a soupy Neapolitan love song from yesteryear. The highlight of the programme is the performance of the ode to working class drudgery 'Pick, Pack, Break Your Back'.

Xtine Burrows LIVE @ the Night Heron

April 27, 2018

Xtine Burrows LIVE @ the Night Heron

Janet Jackson from Perth

March 6, 2018

Recording of a programme from 2009 in which we hear Janet Jackson, who was visiting Melbourne from Perth. She talks about the page/stage dichotomy in poetry, about the inspiration and the form of her poetry, about the poetry scene in her home city, and reads a generous chunk of her work.

Robert Zocchi interviews Santo Cazzati

March 1, 2018

Guest presenter Robert Zocchi, former concert pianist and now full time professional radio star, mucks it at community radio 3CR to give the Spoken Word programme a bit of class by interviewing megastar underground grassroots performance poet Santo Cazzati.

Santo Cazzati : All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

February 13, 2018

Radio version of Santo Cazzati's one man spoken word opera set in Northcote Plaza. There are five characters, four male and one female, all played by Santo.