Disturbance, the musical

DISTURBANCE, a musical scored by Tony Award-winning producer Mark Ferris and based on Ivy Alvarez’s verse novel that explores the impact of domestic violence, premieres at Musicasa in Tokyo on 2 July 2019, and runs to 4 July 2019.

Please visit the website to learn more, including a full interview with Ms Alvarez. Here’s an excerpt:

How does it feel to see your work adapted for the stage? 

Incredibly surreal! That this could be a possibility for my poetry is not something I could have foreseen. Truly, it’s a thrill and privilege.

Read the rest here.

Below are rehearsal photos from the show.

Media and blog coverage

Australia Council grant award

Ivy Alvarez is thrilled and thankful to be one of among twenty-five individuals and organisations in receipt of a generous grant from the Australia Council of the Arts, selected from a field of over 1300 applicants.

More from Books and Publishing.

The Kitchen in May

On 4 May 2019, Ivy Alvarez tutors for The Kitchen, a writing workshop series centred around coming together in each other’s kitchens to share stories.

Register here if you have a link to Albert Eden/Whau — even having eaten on Dominion Rd or in Sandringham is enough. It’s FREE. Read the FAQ for more.

A poem in Aotearotica

Ivy Alvarez’s poem features in Volume Six of Aotearotica. Guest edited by Monica Macansantos, she writes,

In Satisfaction, Auckland-based poet Ivy Alvarez explores the intersections of eating and sex, depicting the act of eating a mango (the quintessential Filipino fruit) as a fundamentally sensual experience that, like sex, does not have to transcend its physicality to be profound in its revelations.


Copies of Volume Six are available here.