The MHCSA and mindshare are so excited to announce our MC for Poetry Prescribed in 2021 – the ever-inspiring Manal Younus.

Manal is a storyteller who believes that language and stories are the very fabric of our existence.

Originally from Eritrea now based on Kaurna Country in South Australia, Manal uses her writing and performance to create experiences that encourage audiences to join her in asking questions of themselves and the world around them.

Since making the Australian Poetry Slam National Finals in 2013, Manal no longer competes in slams but has gone on to perform around the country and the world including at the Jaipur Literary Festival and Georgetown Literary festival.

She has been featured on ABC’s QandA, presented at the Adelaide TEDx Conference in 2016, the National Multicultural Women’s Conference of 2016, the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and Open State Festival, the Halogen Foundation’s Young Leaders Convention, The Council for International Schools Conference 2017 and James Cook University’s Young Language Ambassadors Conference of 2018.

She now lends her expertise on creating culturally inclusive spaces and events to various organisations, including ActNow Theatre, Writers SA and now mindshare and the Mental Health Coalition for Poetry Prescribed!

We are feeling really lucky to have Manal on board to hold space and reflect with our performers next week. Look forward to being moved and delighted by this unforgettable night of spoken word poetry on mental health featuring poets Vivana Luzochimana, SanSan Ja, and Caitlin Tait, with music by Aidan J Jones.

mindshare’s Online Editor Anna Jeavons and Writers SA Director Jessica Alice will also be announcing the winners of the 2021 mindshare Awards!

Grab your tickets now before they’re all gone: https://bit.ly/3BBGb8N