Sunday, March 26 @ 7:00pm
7-11 Dawson St Brunswick
$15/12 ($20/15 on the door)
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Melbourne Spoken Word presents one of Australia’s most renowned poets, Luka Lesson. He’s performed at Writers Festivals around the world, won the Australian Poetry Slam in 2011, and the Victori
A night for the poetic sweepings of the inner north to degenerate into sleaze, vitriol, and confusion. And rise into revelation, liberating confession and poetic wisps of the sublime. A feast of clashing waters. All in a cozy artsy pup. No features, no list, no limits. Just put your hand up and come on up. Is your piece not really ready? It is for this gig.
RMIT’s non/fictionLab presents Castlemaine poet, Andy Jackson, with an intimate and informal reading (with refreshments provided) of new and recent poems.
Warrandyte Neighbourhood House presents The Grand Read. Our annual feast of words and Warrandyte Festival finale. Now in its 17th year. Presents some of the states top poets and published locals. Come enjoy poetry and prose in the pub in beautiful Warrandyte.
Sigrun Mikula performs ‘Clouds (Gahdoung)’ at Slamalamadingdong on February, 23, 2017.
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Slamalamadingdong is held on the last Thursday of the month at 24 Moons, Northcote.
Sigrun is a writer and performer from Canberra, now based in Melbourne. For her poetry is a process that helps her understand the world and her experiences. Sigrun is enjoying exploring poetry as a medium that combines writing and performance elements to share her stories with others.
Ian McBryde performs ‘Coming Off Morphine’ at The Owl & Cat Readings, on March 5, 2017.
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The Owl & Cat Readings are held on the first Sunday of the month at The Owl & Cat Theatre, 34 Swan Street, Richmond.
Canadian-born Ian McBryde is a long term resident of Australia. Throughout his career, Ian has practiced in a number of mediums including photography, music, illustration and, predominately, poetry. In 2010, Ian’s sixth collection of poetry – The Adoption Order (Five Islands Press, 2009) – was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Prize. In 2005, Ian’s fourth collection – Domain (Five Islands Press, 2005) – was short-listed for The Age Poetry Book of the Year. His latest collection We the Mapless contains a selection from his six previous collections as well as new work.
Hunch (not his real name) came barn storming onto the open mics a year or two ago, and in that time has won the Battle Royalle at Wham Bam Thank You Slam last year, opened for OVEOUS and just last month, won Slamalamadingdong. We had a chat to this fast-talking unique voice in Melbourne.
Can you think of a moment, like from your childhood, that was probably a dead giveaway you’d become a poet?
Well, my angle into this scene stemmed from writing down my dreams obsessively for years. I think dreams by their nature are poetic, so perhaps it was when I first decided to write down my dreams. More broadly, if you mean; When did I realise I had mental issues, was scared of the world, didn’t fit in, was susceptible to substance abuse and enjoyed my own company too much? Then that was much earlier.
How’d you discover spoken word?
I think the first time I recognised that spoken word was a ‘thing’ was when I heard Henry Rollins doing it back when I was in high school. I also liked Bill Hicks’ stuff back then too. Interestingly enough, neither were/are considered to be outright ‘spoken word’ artists, as it’s a side thing for Henry to his music and Bill was, by and large, classified as a comedian… With hindsight, these two were obviously very influential for me because I do tend to act like a rock star when I get a mic in my hand and I’m always drawn to the humorous side of things when I write!
If you only had one poetry book to take with you in the bunker when the end of the world comes, what would it be?
Clearly that would be my own poetry book! I could live without reading books but I don’t think I could last without being able to record my own thoughts and poems… Is that, like, totally self involved of me?
When you write a brand new poem that you just have to read, which open mic do you first think to take it to?
The default scenario in my mind when I’m practicing a new piece is th
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