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Podcaster Helen Zaltzman is back to rumble with language.

After a sold out show at Giant Dwarf in 2018, podcaster Helen Zaltzman is back with a brand new evening of infotainment.

Award-winning British podcast The Allusionist is a logophile’s dream. Ever heard of Toki Pona (said to be ‘the smallest language in the world’) or the scientifically proven health benefits of swearing? Have you winced at Western yogic deployments of ‘namaste’ or opening lines on dating apps? The Allusionist is here for you. In each episode, Helen Zaltzman rumbles with language with infectious verve and a generous helping of pop culture. Join her and house band Martin Austwick for a fascinating and irreverent adventure into the world we make with words.

“My new favourite is The Allusionist, about words and the English language. Episodes are under 20 minutes, and I haven’t hit a dud yet” – Margaret Lyons, The New York Times.

“Zaltzman’s enthusiasm for the topics and her guests is what is so appealing about this podcast” – Buzzfeed.

“Any podcast involving Helen Zaltzman will always be worth a listen” – The UK Observer

“The show is filled with good humour and a great deal of levity to make one of the funniest and most educational podcasts around” – The Guardian.

– Smartest podcast award at the British Podcast Awards 2018

– Best Education Show at the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards 2017

– Apple Podcasts’ Best New Podcast of 2015



HELEN ZALTZMAN is a multiple award-winning podcast host and producer. Her linguistics podcast The Allusionist was the first show created especially for the prestigious Radiotopia network. Answer Me This, the comedy show she co-founded with Olly Mann in 2007, is one of Britain’s most successful independent podcasts.

MARTIN AUSTWICK is a podcaster, musician and singer-songwriter, and has released albums as Pale Bird,  and songs about science as Dr Martin Austwick. He has performed music live for The Allusionist, 99% Invisible, The Bugle, and the Third Coast International Audio Awards, and contributed music for a number of podcasts. His podcast about every Tom Waits song is called Song by Song.

Courtyard bar opens at 6pm for a 7pm start. Pop in before the show for a drink and a mingle!

Giant Dwarf is a licensed venue. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


  • 29 May: The Allusionist: LIVE
    29 May 2019 - 30 May 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:10 pm
  • 30 May: The Allusionist: LIVE
    30 May 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:10 pm



199 Cleveland Street, Redfern, Sydney, 2016, Australia

The Allusionist: LIVE 2019
29 May: ADULT $20.00
29 May: CONCESSION $16.00
30 May: ADULT $20.00
30 May: CONCESSION $16.00
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