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I am a poet, spoken word performer, and third year phd student in English and Gender Studies. Late last year I won La Trobe University's Anthony Smith Award ($2,000 awarded to a La Trobe student excelling in Gender Studies to assist with travel to an international conference), which will cover a fair portion of my airfare, but I still need to cover the rest, plus conference fees and accommodation. There's also stuff like food, water and chupa chups for the plane, bus tickets, blah blah blah, but I reckon I can cover that bit myself.

Travelling to Portugal to perform my body through hybrid poetry/theory is part of a grand plan to get my writing out to a wider audience, and to eventually get one of those rare academic jobs. Apparently they do exist. I've tried all other sources of funding and you guys are my last option. So if you want to take part in helping to fling this particular body to the other side of the world so it can perform, I know it would be eternally grateful (and also will write poems for you).

Here's what this body might look like, performing:

Some Of My Previous Work

How The Funds Will Be Used

Flights
Wednesday 30th May, 2014
Melbourne to Lisbon (stop over in Hong Kong)
$1,593 (quoted January 2014)
Monday 5th May, 2014
Lisbon to Melbourne (stop over in Hong Kong)
$1,593 (quoted January 2014)

Registration
295 pounds - $495 AUD

Accommodation
Single room for four nights
350 pounds - $570.54 AUD

Total cost of conference attendance: $4, 251.54

The Challenges

I gotta say (and I don't want to sound up myself) that I can't see many obstacles. The paper is written. The conference organisers have accepted my paper/performance/poetry.

The worst thing that could happen is that I get sick, but I'll dose myself up and keep going (codral, I love you).
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A$10 +This is a new reward level, because a friend felt ashamed she only had $10 to pledge. And I reckon $10 is AWESOME. And if the next 50 people pledge $10, I've hit my target. So. For those of you who don't have very much, and are amazing enough to want to share that not very much, a special gift: a three line poem, for you, on a postcard from Portugal. With love and thanks x
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A$20 +My love and gratitude, which I will send to you on a post-it note, with kisses from my children.
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A$50 +Your name on an acknowledgement page in my thesis (which will be a published book before you know it), and my love and gratitude, which I will send to you on a post-it note, with kisses from my children.
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A$100 +A poem, written for you. Just email me a list of three to five words of your choosing (these could be places, colours, smells, sounds, feelings, loves, whatever you like) and I will weave them into a poem. Your name on an acknowledgement page in my thesis (which will be a published book before you know it), and my love and gratitude, which I will send to you on a post-it note, with kisses from my children.
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A$250 +Ok you're in the big leagues now. For such a grand sum, I will not only write you a poem, but I will also post it on my blog with a personal thank you note. Email me a list of three to five words of your choosing (these could be places, colours, smells, sounds, feelings, loves, whatever you like) and I will weave them into a poem. Your name will also appear on an acknowledgement page in my thesis, and you will receive my love on a post-it note, with kisses from my children.
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