A literary residency

The Wheeler Centre is hitting the town for the month of July, as their event spaces undergo a casual makeover.

This month, the Wheeler Centre will be heading south down Swanston St to take up residency at The Toff in Town, whilst the performance space at the Little Lonsdale St headquarters is renovated. They’ll be hosting a mini-series of events at the Curtin House venue, taking place each Monday for the month of July.

Beginning at 6.30pm, the program includes some old-favourites and a couple of one-off special events. Tickets are an affordable $10 for all shows, with the exception of the concluding event on July 25. Booking is highly recommended, as most events tend to sell out.

The program kicks off on July 4 with a Toff-style edition of Erotic Fan Fiction. Deirdre Fidge, Nath Valvo and Demi Lardner will keep the crowd entertained with a collection of comedic sexy stories and there will be signature cocktails on offer to ensure adequate lubrication.

Damian Callinan and Cal Wilson will each share a little part of their soul in Show and Tell for Grown-ups on July 11, as they reveal a thought-provoking or memory-stirring curiosity with host Tony Wilson. The floor is then open to the audience; so be sure to bring along your own memento or keepsake to share what it means to you.

Monday, July 18 will see Australian writers Lorelei Vashti, Romy Ash, George Megalogenis and Laura Jean hark back to childhood as they retell their books (and songs) as if for children in Bedtime Stories. Created by Saturday Paper editor Erik Jensen, this unique storytelling evening will rekindle all the sweetness and wonder from the bedtime of yesteryear.

The series will culminate on Monday July 25 with two special performances by slam poet Maxine Beneba Clarke, as she reads Allen Ginsberg’s 1955 poem Howl to contemporary music by jazz composer Darrin Archer.

Comprehending the chaotic and provoking poem more than 60 years after its first reading, this special performance will be a moving and visceral interpretation of an influential literary work. The first show will run from 6.30pm until 7.15pm, with the second show beginning at 8.30pm.

The Toff in Town off-site series presents an accessible range of events for Wheeler Centre devotees and novices alike. Featuring two of Melbourne’s much-loved institutions, and complete with exclusive cocktails and drink specials, this collaboration is sure to banish those winter Monday blues.

Visit www.thewheelercentre.com or www.thetoffintown.com to book tickets and find out more.

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