As you probably know, Australia is burning.
I'm currently sat in my room and outside the window is grey as the city of Melbourne fills with the smoke of a country on fire.
Homes, habitats and whole species are at severe risk.
Fight Fire With Words is 7-day inspiration symposium exploring the power of art, stories and words to make a difference.
ALL FUNDS WILL GO TOWARD SUPPORTING THE WILDLIFE AND PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THE FIRES.
A 7-day online symposium of Poetry, Writing and Podcast style interviews to raise funds for the Australian Bushfire disaster.
Words have the power to change the world. It is clear that something is wrong, the climate is collapsing, Australia is burning, and our political leaders and media moguls are in denial and avoidance. Not enough is happening.
In this Symposium I intend to explore the power of words, courage and stories to make change. I will be interviewing people who I find inspiring through their use of words and stories, spotlighting some poets/poems I enjoy that light fires in my soul, and sharing some writing challenges to support your own exploration of the power of words.
This symposium is named after a quote from the song "Willing To Fight" by Ani Difranco.
"I fight fire with words
Words are hotter than flames
Words are wetter than water"
Sign up gets you access to:
7 Writing challenges for you to ignite your inspiration
7 Interviews with incredible Creative Minds, Artists and Writers - LINE UP TO BE ANNOUNCED
7 Spoken Word Pieces - From incredible and outspoken poets
Fundraising will happen by donation to access the content in a Tier system: $5, $10, $25, $50, and $100. Every tier receives exactly the same content. This is not about hierarchy, it is about making an impact.
Who is involved?
I have had an amazingly fun time curating the artists and creative minds who will be featuring in this Symposium. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
There will be content from:
Brandon Boyd (Visual Artist and Singer of Incubus)
Angel Phoenix Arsenal (Full power businesswoman, advocate and doula)
Erika Cramer (The Queen of Confidence)
Nathan Scolaro (Editor of Dumbo Feather Magazine)
Tariro Mavondo (Actor and Poet)
Thabani Tshuma (Spoken Word Poet)
Wahibe Moussa (Spoken Word Poet)
plus more incredible people to be announced.
When is it happening?
The content will come out daily for seven days starting Monday 13th January 2020.
I am creating this a week in advance, it is quick, it is raw but it is needed asap so please bare with me.
Where do the funds go?
The event is designed to ignite internal fires whilst putting out external ones.
All funds raised will go directly to bushfire support organisations.
It will be split between wires.org.au (the main organisation supporting the indigenous wildlife in this horrific time) and the CFA Victorian Bushfire Disaster Appeal. When I announced this fundraiser I was planning a 50/50 split between the two organisations. Since it has become clear that they are both very well funded, and wires support wildlife only in NSW. So, I will honour the original intention to fund those two and also add WildlifeVictoria to the donation pool.
I personally will not take any of the funds.
Fleassy, Do you take any money?
If I pay $100 do I get more than the person who paid $5
No. This is a fundraiser. You get what you get, and you all get the same. It will be as equally inspirational to everyone, no matter what you can afford to give to the cause.
Will you bomb me with promotions and daily emails trying to sell me your shit?
No. I will possibly offer you the opportunity to follow me on social media, or sign up to my newsletter during the syumposium. But this is not about me, it's about supporting this beautiful land.