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ISSUE 4: RESIST / Open Mic Night + Launch / Riverstone Literary Journal

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Gather your beloveds for an open mic night on Gadigal land. This one is a home for the big emotions. You are invited to bring a poem or a piece of writing or another medium entirely that you would like to be witnessed that speaks to the theme of resistance. (Performing is not a requirement of attendance, those who come only to listen are highly cherished). Resistance to… late stage capitalism… land theft… genocide… apartheid… colonisation… climate fucking… consumer culture… fast living… cis-heteronormative bullshit

The fourth issue of Riverstone was born out of the protest movement against the genocide of Palestinians in Gaza committed by Israel and supported by western nation states. The atrocities of this murder campaign, combined with institutional denial of it in tandem with aiding the efforts of the Israeli war machine by our government and many others have highlighted the longstanding need for radical resistance against the western imperialist colonial project. The solidarity between the fight towards First Nations justice, liberation, and land back in so-called Australia and the Free Palestine movement is well documented historically. Riverstone stands in unequivocal solidarity with Palestine and with First Nations folks. 

The evening will be a space for the rage, for the sadness, for the confusion, for the gentle, for the not-so gentle. Bring your vulnerability and your care and your resistance. The fourth issue of Riverstone will also be launched on the night.


When? 6-9pm, 4th April, 2024

Where? Greenhouse Studios is located at 8-10 Charles St, Petersham on Gadigal/Wangal Land. It’s a couple minutes walk to busses on Parramatta Rd or a 10 minute walk to Stanmore or Petersham station. There’s also on-street parking around. Entry is via the front entrance of the hall, closest to Charles St, at the top of the ramp.

Accessibility: The hall and outdoor areas are wheelchair accessible, unfortunately the bathrooms are not due to narrow doorways. Arrive on time for comfortable lounge seating to hold you throughout the night. Speak to Lucy on the night if you have any access needs you'd like to discuss. Or DM @riverstonelit on Instagram prior to the event if you have any questions, concerns, thoughts, etc.

RSVP is essential as there is a limited capacity! Entry is free or by donation on the door if funds are available to spare to support the costs of putting on the event. Physical copies of the fourth issue of Riverstone Literary Journal will be available to purchase on the night. Issue 4: Resist will also be simultaneously published in a free online edition. Previous issues can be read online for free here

We will be raising donations for Sarah Shaweesh to help her family evacuate Gaza. You can also donate directly to the fundraiser here

You are welcome to bring a plate a food if you'd like and any beverages you wish to consume on the night - and let's take care of each other and the space together xx

See you there <3


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