Having been crowned Australian Poetry Slam Champ for his poem Joshua, which echoes his brother’s experience with bullying at school, Jesse Brand hits The Bookworm with a refreshing, contemporary take on the genre. Now you can check out his skills for the first time in China.

Here is an official description of what Jesse is going to be bringing to the stage, straight from the BLF: Winner of the 2013 Australia Slam Poetry Championship, Jesse John Brand, will explore the state of contemporary dystopia through the perspectives of those individuals at its centre in this poetry performance. Brand explores themes of love, addiction, memory, death and tradition through verses that strive to challenge the form and presentation of poetry. Mythology, science, and history are all intricately interwoven into his works, as Brand attempts to extract insight and even beauty from a dark, urban environment. Australian Poetry Slam is a national program for writers who perform. Each year around 1000 spoken-word artists enter the APS until one is chosen to tour to the Bookworm International Literary Festival in China, the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali and the Byron Bay Writers Festival.

Event Info:
20:00 March 18th @Yuncai Café
Ticket: Free

About JUE | Music + Art Festival:
觉 / JUE (pronounced joo-eh) –verb: to sense; to awaken. JUE | Music + Art is an annual urban festival that embraces the whole of Beijing and Shanghai. Celebrating its 6th year in 2014, JUE is all about showcasing the best of local creative communities in these two great cities, as well as inviting artists from around the world to share their talent with China. We’re all about community, doing everything we can to set an intimate vibe, and to carefully weave every one of our artists and events into a multidisciplinary masterpiece.