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Better Off

Eulogies for the Living and the Dead

Better Off

Better Off

Better Off

Better Off

Better Off

Better Off

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From members of the team behind international literary phenomenon Women of Letters, Better Off Said: Eulogies for the Living and Dead is a spoken-word art salon celebrating words, stories, and human experiences.

Better Off Said is an afternoon of words it’s time to air; thoughts and reflections for the living and dead. Is there something you always wish you’d shouted aloud, someone still out there in the world waiting to hear an important message, a piece of history you feel your voice could have improved?  Now is the opportunity to leave no verbal stone unturned.  To find  closure. To sing truth from the rooftops before it’s too late.

Each show, four guests will speak to the phrase "The words I wish I’d said", and a special guest will deliver a Living Eulogy, to someone or some thing still of this Earth, to celebrate the best in our lives while we're here to hear it. There'll also be a musical performance to help make each salon special.

Presented by Emilie Zoey Baker and Marieke Hardy.

Upcoming dates


Special show March 16


“There are times when we find ourselves caught up in spiral, overthinking those unsaid comments or responses that scream to be let out. Better Off Said is a platform to release these words in a composed and cathartic way. It may be a comeback line, a confession, revenge or even a compliment.” – Emilie Zoey Baker

“Humans often just accept that everything and everyone dies. We’ve curated a space where we can all reflect on love, loss, healing and letting go together. It’s a privilege to even be able to sit in this realm and ruminate. To listen and learn. I never want to take for granted life’s impermanence.” – Marieke Hardy

An album of some of the wonderful speakers and beautiful audiences we've enjoyed to date.


First show for 2024

March 16

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Celia Pacquola

We're thrilled to present a one-off special event in March, featuring

comedian and actor CELIA PACQUOLA, author and doctor MELANIE CHENG, writer, poet and educator MICAELA SAHHAR and

radio host, actor, writer and comedian BRIAN NANKERVIS,

as they read original pieces responding to 'The Words I Wish I'd Said', before singer-songwriter and performer EDDIE PERFECT

delivers a 'Living Eulogy'. Music by YARA. Hosted by EMILIE ZOEY BAKER.

Saturday, 16 March 2024,
2 - 4pm

Tickets: $40 + booking fee

Trades Hall Common Rooms
Cnr Lygon and Victoria Sts, Carlton

TICKETS from Melbourne Fringe

2 hours with interval


Eddie Perfect


Better Off Said is proud to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation by donating a portion of profits from our monthly salons. The ILF is a not-for-profit charity that respects the unique place of Australia's first people and draws on the expertise of the Australian book industry.

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Indigenous Literacy Foundation
PO Box 663
Broadway NSW 2007 Australia

(02) 9280 0644

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