About Us

Mother Tongue is Melbourne's biggest Woman's Spoken 

Word event and one of the most established Spoken

Word events in the city. It is hosted and run by Fleassy Malay and Brigid Morgan. A place for Passionate, Powerful, Vulnerable and Honest performance; it stands aside from, most Spoken Word events in it's depth and authenticity.


At the very end of 2012 Fleassy Malay and Vanessa Florence came together to vision a very special event. A place for women to be seen, be heard, and be honored in the full spectrum of their experience as Woman. The initial night was set up for 35 people max, the venue packed out, as nearly 70 people, of all genders, squished into the tiny subterranean venue to witness this incredible event. Three years on and the event has been running monthly ever since (with a few small holidays) showcasing two inspiring Feature Women each month and presenting between 8 and 10 brave open mic performers to an enraptured and full audience.

Mother Tongue would also like to acknowledge Nicole Duchesne and Tania Kavathas for all the hard work and love they invested during their times with Mother Tongue.
 

The night showcases all forms of the Spoken Word, from poetry to comedy, rap to storytelling. The key factor is that it is a space to drop the mask for a moment and be completely authentic to our experience. 

At Mother Tongue, both first time and seasoned performers stand up and share and we have witnessed women go from shy open mic virgins to being invited to feature and becoming professional performers and writers.

 

 

Mother tongue would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we run. The Wurudjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We honour the deeply rooted history of the stories they have carried and told on this land. May their stories live strong and be carried for many more generations.

Mother tongue would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we run. The Wurudjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We honour the deeply rooted history of the stories they have carried and told on this land. May their stories live strong and be carried for many more generations.

Our Core Team

Our Core Team

Fleassy Malay

Fleassy Malay

Poet, Speaker, Coach, and Mother; Fleassy is the founder, Creative Director, and host of Mother Tongue. A Creative Powerhouse.

Brigid Morgan

Poet, Dancer, Theatre Maker and Mother; Brigid is our manager. A fiery and fierce face of our space.

Melanie Abrams

Bookworm, Mumma, and passionate heart; Mel is our Admin-Sista, and author of our amazing newsletters. 

Rowan White

Melbourne poet, Rowan White, is our door puppy, smiling face who greets you all at the door

John Englezos

Poet and artist John Englezos captures our magic as our Photographer

Courtney Gale

Mama and Goddess, Courtney Gale, is our beautiful chef, she provides our vegan and GF cakes and chai each month.

Mother Tongue would also like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of three very special women who in the past have put a lot of love and energy into this event as both co-managers and hosts. Mother Tongue would not be what she is without each of you incredible women. Thank You.

Vanessa Florence

Nicole Duchesne

Tania Kavathas

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