Zoe Anderson, Helani Laisk

Under the Skin of The World: Book Launch

Performance Art


Book Launch: Under the Skin of the World

A story time for the Anthropocene. A picture book for adults. Poetry that is spoken. Illustrations that move. Text that leaps off the page.

Zoe Anderson has a long history of bringing the printed word to life on the stage through performance poetry. She will be performing alongside Helani Laisk’s unique animations to create a truly memorable poetry show. 

This is the launch for Under the Skin of the World: a book that pairs poetry by Zoe with illustrations by Helani and playful typographic design by Caren Florance. Tackling themes including climate change, landscape, fairytale and ecological uncertainty, this will be a story time full of hope, imagination and truth.


Zoe Anderson - Bio
Zoe Anderson is a performance poet who is fascinated by ecology, place and creating new folklore for a changing world. She is a seasoned performer, having featured at festivals including You Are Here festival, Poetry on the Move, and The National Folk Festival. In 2018 she developed Anabranch, an ecopoetry show for the Queensland Poetry Festival.
Zoe comes from Canberra, which is Ngunnawal country. Zoe is an organiser of Slamboree, the world's only scout themed poetry slam.

Helani Laisk - Bio is a Canberra-born multi-media artist. Laisk completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours at the ANU School of Art in 2010 majoring in Printmedia and Drawing, and has since exhibited in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne and participated in Canberra art festivals You Are Here and Art Not Apart. Her practice involves drawing, animation, print, textiles and interactive/participatory installation. Her work verges on absurdity, playing with domestic association and metaphor to explore the interplay between fantasy and the lived experience.


• Zoe Anderson: www.facebook.com/zoeandherwords

Helani Laisk: Instagram @h3l4n1


5:00 pm - 5:30 pm | NFSA Theatrette