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  • Common Rooms

Literary Death Match Melbourne

4 writers. 3 judges. 2 finalists. 1 champion.

  • Hosted by: Adrian Todd Zuniga

  • Featuring: JUDGES: Reuben Kaye, Alex Hines, Ben Russell

  • Featuring: READERS: Isabelle Oderberg, Guido Melo, Scott Limbrick, Manisha Anjali

Literary Death Match returns to Melbourne for what will be forever known as "The Greatest Literary Night of 2024." To make it so, we'll be delivering Melbourne's third-ever event at Fringe Common Rooms at Trades Hall THEN following it up with a dance party with music from DJ William Shakespeare (for real).

Part literary event, part comedy show, part game show, Literary Death Match brings together four of today’s finest writers to compete in an edge-of-your-seat read-off critiqued by three celebrity judges, and concluded by a slapstick showdown to decide the ultimate champion.

Literary Death Match creator Adrian Todd Zuniga

- Ben Russell, award-winning comedian, writer, improviser and actor
- Alex Hines, multi-award-winning comedian
- Reuben Kaye, multi-award winning Australian comedian, singer and writer

Round 1:
* Isabelle Oderberg, journalist and author of Hard to Bear
* Guido Melo, Afro-Brazilian-Latinx, multilingual author

Round 2:
* Scott Limbrick, writer and comedian
* Manisha Anjali, author and musician