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Words First

Words First

A short workshop with the talented Jen Lush, turning poetry into song

Sat 6 July – 10:30 am
Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre
From $37

In this fun, explorative and inclusive workshop, experience the myriad ways that words can fly off a page and transform into song, with a room full of open minds and willing voices.

Is there a poem you love and would like to transform into a song? Have you always wanted to sing your favourite poem? Would you like to delve into poetry and discover its possibilities for music?

When crafting a song, music often precedes words – or words become malleable to the musical structure. However, what if the process is flipped? What if the words are fixed within the structure of poetry, challenging the music to adapt and complement them?

Led by Jen Lush, this workshop will guide participants through the fascinating process of transforming contemporary poetry into song, fostering collaboration and creative exploration. Participants will have the opportunity to select a poem—either their own or from a curated collection—and delve into the process of turning it into a song. From there, we’ll discover how musical interpretations can convey the essence of a poem and resonate with a broader audience.

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Jen Lush

Jen is a singer-songwriter and arts educator who is passionate about creating music, song writing and creative movement experiences with children through early childhood and beyond. Jen is currently running singing and song writing workshops at Eden Hills Kindergarten, Inkpot Arts, Carclew, and arts festival programs where children explore their own stories and self-identities through song making. Jen is also a music specialist in Early Childhood education at Flinders University, providing music workshops that explore literacy and numeracy within music and singing with children. She has recently completed her ANCOS Level 1 in Orff Schulwerk music teaching.

Jen regularly performs and releases her own music and regularly collaborates with other artists on cross-genre projects. Most recently her work with contemporary Australian poets commissioned by the Festival of Voice – Denmark WA, resulting in her album ‘Hum of the mettle’ released in August 2023. Jen’s previous album ‘Let Loose The Beating Birds’ won the ARBA Roots album of the year in 2021.

Jen is co-organiser of Stone Pony, a bi-monthly live music venue supporting original music in Willunga’s historic show hall.


Full price – $50
Concession – $37

Booking fee

  • For bookings with a total value of $15 or less, a booking fee of $3 will be added upon check-out.
  • For bookings with a total value between $15.01 and $199.99, a booking fee of $5 will be added upon
  • For bookings with a total value of $200 or more, a booking fee of $10 will be added upon check-out.



VENUE: The Long Gallery – Salamanca Arts Centre

Getting to the venue: 

  • The Long Gallery is on Level 2, 77 Salamanca Pl, Battery Point TAS 7004 
  • accessible parking spaces are available outside ‘The Den’ on Salamanca Place. More accessible parks are located on Salamanca Place in a sectioned-off parking lot opposite the restaurant strip. 


Guide Dog/Registered Assistance Animals welcome

Guide Dogs and Service Animal facilities: 

  • Water bowls will be available at this event upon request. 

Wheelchair accessibility

  • The Long Gallery is accessible on level 2 via the lift located in the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard. If you wish to access the lift in the evenings, please access from the courtyard entrance via Wooby’s Lane
  • Accessible bathrooms are available on every level of the Salamanca Arts Centre.  

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  • Festival of Voices adheres to the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice.
  • All tickets are non-refundable unless otherwise specified on the specific event page.

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