Accidental Writer | Alex Cafe | Episode 1
Hamish Danks Brown
Hamish, a.k.a. Danksta Downunder is a 63-year-old poet and spoken word artist who has had a diverse career in the arts and media since the 1970s. He has been a youth worker, kitchen hand, cleaner, publishing clerk, promotions assistant, media researcher, theatre company manager, antiquarian bookseller, and live-in carer for his parents who have also been voluntarily involved in the community and regional arts and writing. While living in Queensland he became a member of the oUTsideRS Art Inc, a spoken word troupe, in 2005 and since then has performed and published frequently across Australia, North America, Europe, and Asia, mostly in English and sometimes in French. Since moving to Melbourne in 2016, where his family history goes back to the gold rush in the 1850s, he has been active in the poetry and spoken word community including emceeing events, launches, and open mic nights. He is a committee member of the Melbourne Poets Union, has published 2 chapbooks ‘All Other Destinations’ and ‘The Broken Candle’, and has cultivated online networks with poets and writers from around the world. Currently, he lives in El(drift)wood in the company of Roy the Cat. https://www.facebook.com/hamish.danks…
The Alex Café has a low-key private art aesthetic. Lit by natural and ambient lighting, so comforting in this harsh world the cafe feels like a hidden basement speakeasy.
The Alex Cafés decor, however, is unlike anything you would see in an antique cafe. The walls of the cafe reflect the cafés modern take on the 1920’s private nature of a bar where access is only by invitation when you know the hidden symbol, and enjoyment was prohibition’s worst-kept secret.
Admission to The Alex Café is through your creative imagination only making access to the establishment elite to those in the know… Supporting those who love writing and reading.