About Us

Mother Tongue is an organisation passionate about supporting the rise the voices of women, and gender diverse people who identify as women.

The organisation centres around our live events and has become 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 its depth and authenticity.

The organisation has been running since the end of 2012 and has evolved from a monthly event to the NFP organisation it is today. Mother Tongue supports these marginalised voices through its own live events, online events, and youtube channel ads well as aligning with other events and organisations to get more women and gender diverse voices onto their platforms. In the past, we have worked with the Melbourne Writers Festival, Seven Sisters Festival, Rainbow Serpent Festival, Melbourne Spoken Word, Australian Poetry Slam, and more.

We showcase all forms of the Spoken Word, including poetry, comedy, rap, song and storytelling. The key factor is that it is a platform for honest stories. Some of these stories are hard to hear, others are filled with joy and sensuality. All of these stories are welcome in our space. Mother Tongue is proud to have been a catalytic force in the emergence of many incredibly talented writers and performers. 


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

Fleassy Malay

Fleassy Malay


Poet, Speaker, Coach, and Mother; Fleassy is the founder, CEO, 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.

Our Board

Tathra Street


Leadership futurist and coach, Tathra was a driving force in our NFP status and is our current Chair Person.

Rowan White


Long term MT volunteer and Melbourne poet, Rowan White, is not only our door puppy but a supportive member of our board.

Prerana Sinha


Poet, fierce voice, and spreadsheet queen, Pre is a core member of our community and our Treasurer.

Zay Canters


Life coach and leader in gender diverse wellness and fitness, Zay is our Secretary.

Hal Simons


Poet and all-round lovely human, Hal went from being a long time attendee of our events to being a supportive member of our board.

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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