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Subbed In books launch: Ngunnawal country (Canberra)

  • Playing Fields Cafe 33 Allara Street Canberra, ACT, 2601 Australia (map)

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Join us for an evening of readings at Playing Fields Cafe in Canberra as Subbed In launches 6 new books and relaunches 3 more.

Come through for an all-star lineup including:

Zhi Yi Cham

Jennifer Nguyen

Saaro Umar

Aline-Mwezi Niyonsenga

Shu-Ling Chua

l. james e

Maree Spratt

Celebrate the launch and relaunch of these literarararary golden nuggets:

💥 If you’re sexy and you know it slap your hams, by Eloise Grills

💥 HAUNT (THE KOOLIE), by Jason Gray

💥 blur by the, by Cham Zhi Yi

💥 The Hostage, by Šime Knežević

💥 When I die slingshot my ashes onto the surface of the moon, by Jennifer Nguyen

💥 wheeze, by Marcus Whale

💥 Parenthetical Bodies, by Allison Gallagher (relaunch)

💥 Girls and Buoyant, by Emily Crocker (relaunch)

💥 The Naming, by Aisyah Shah Idil (relaunch)

All books will be available to buy on the night. Cash and card accepted.

Books are also available here: and in all good bookstores. If they don’t stock it, request it!

Subbed In takes place on the stolen land and waterways of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people. We pay our respects to elders, past and present. This land was never ceded, sold, or given up. Always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

When: Friday 16 August, 6-8pm

Where: Playing Fields Cafe, 33 Allara St, Canberra ACT 2601

How much: Free

About Subbed In: Subbed In is a DIY literary organisation and small publisher. Subbed In provides a platform to amplify underrepresented voices, facilitating grassroots support for marginalised voices and writers alienated by the literararararary establishment.

Artist bios

Zhi Yi Cham - blur by the

Zhi is a Malaysian woman currently based on Ngunnawal and Ngambri country which now exists as the esoteric wormhole known as Canberra. She is a believer of deep joy mediocrity and aspires to full time tenderness. She is best digitised on instagram @chamzhiyi.

Jennifer Nguyen - When I die slingshot my ashes onto the surface of the moon

Jennifer Nguyen is a Vietnamese–Australian writer, poet and editor. Her fiction, poetry and non-fiction has appeared in Ibis House, Scum Mag, The Lifted Brow (online), Rabbit, and Lor Journal, among others. Jennifer has performed writing at West Writers Forum and Melbourne Writers Festival. She edits fiction for Rambutan Literary, is an editorial mentee at Djed Press and was previously a creative producer at Emerging Writers’ Festival. Jennifer is a member of West Writers Group based at the Footscray Community Arts Centre. Twitter @jennguyennifer

Saaro Umar

Saaro Umar is a Oromo writer and artist.

Aline-Mwezi Niyonsenga

Aline-Mwezi Niyonsenga is a writer of Rwandese descent. She has short stories published in Selene Quarterly Magazine, Apparition Lit, Djed Press, Underground Writers, StylusLit, and the 2018 Digital Writers Festival. Her work has been shortlisted for the 2018 Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing and the 2018 Deborah Cass Prize for Writing.

Shu-Ling Chua 

Shu-Ling Chua is a Melbourne-based (formerly Canberra-based) writer and critic. Her work has appeared in Peril MagazineLindsayMeanjin and Triangle House Review, among others. She is working on an essay collection exploring the intersections between life and art, with a focus on self-narrative(s), intimacy, image and private/public personas. She was shortlisted in the 2018 Woollahra Digital Literary Award and highly commended in the 2017 Feminartsy Memoir Prize.

l. james e.

l. james e. is a writer and singer based in Narrm (Melbourne). He writes and records mental health lullabies and borderline rambles in his closet and has dropped out of two Universities in the Group of Eight.

Maree Spratt 

Maree Spratt is an educator by day, writer by night, and reader at all hours. In 2016 she was shortlisted for Seizure’s Viva La Novella V, and has since expanded that piece into a novel. Her fiction is character-driven and subtly satirical. She writes to celebrate people. 

Marcus Whale - wheeze

Marcus Whale is a musician and artist working on Gadigal land. He has made music as part of groups Collarbones and BV, as well as work under his own name, releasing the album Inland Sea in 2016. As a performer in a visual art context, his works are mostly produced in collaboration with other artists including Athena Thebus and Eugene Choi. These works mine mythologies of longing and shame, often appropriating the high drama of religious ritual. Forming a companion to this performance work, he has a writing practice across poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

Eloise Grills - If you’re sexy and you know it slap your hams

Eloise Grills is an award-winning writer, comics artist and poet living in Melbourne, but like all esteemed Melbourne writers they are actually from Geelong. Their writing and art have appeared in places like The Lifted Brow, Cosmonauts Avenue, Meanjin, and Cordite, among others. Their graphic novel, Sexy Female Murderesses, was published by Glom Press in 2018. They are currently working on their first memoir about big fat sexy bodies. This is their first collection of poetry.

Allison Gallagher - Parenthetical Bodies

Allison Gallagher is a writer whose work primarily explores queerness and transgressive bodies. Her work has been published in The Guardian, Overland and Kill Your Darlings, among others. Her first poetry collection, Parenthetical Bodies, was released in 2017 through Subbed In, and she is currently working on its follow-up.


Jason Gray is a Mauritian-Australian writer who writes about youth, being Xennial/Millennial, being bi-cultural, a Person of Colour, of forms of media, toxic/White patriarchal and restorative/progressive masculinity, displacement, suburbia and home and staying kind in this late (anti-)capitalist hellscape. Twitter @jasongray85

Šime Knežević - The Hostage

Šime Knežević is a writer and artist. His poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies and zines in Australia, UK and Europe.

Emily Crocker - Girls and Buoyant

Emily Crocker writes and performs poetry. You might have seen her at BAD!SLAM!, Noted Festival, Unspoken Words, or Word in Hand. Emily can also be found at Enough Said Poetry Slam in Wollongong or studying at the University of Wollongong.

Aisyah Shah Idil - The Naming

Aisyah Shah Idil is an Australian writer and poet. Her work has been featured in the Islamic Museum of Australia, Language on the Move, Love Haqtually, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Digging Deep Facing Self International anthology. The Naming is her first book.

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Earlier Event: 9 February
Subbed In: A literararary reading
Later Event: 22 August
Subbed In books launch: Eora (Sydney)