Tuesday, November 15 @ 7:30pm
The Workers Club
51 Brunswick St Fitzroy
$15/12 (pre-booked) or $20/15 (on the door)
Has an Open Mic?
Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to present One Thousand Promises, a duo art project between Francesca Willow and Madison Mae Parker.
Francesca, a choreographer and performer, uses Madison’s
On the last Thursday of every month, a slam hosted by Abe Nouk, featuring a poet from the Melbourne Afro Scene. Slam rego at 6.
SLAMALAMADINGDONG! Poetry Slam’s October 3-ROUND SLAM!
Slamalama (for short) is a 3-round PSI-certified Poetry Slam, which means it’s 3 rounds of poets, performing 3 minutes per poem for the chance to represent Australia in worldwide poetry slams.
ROUND 1: 12 POETS ROUND 2: 6 POETS ROUND 3: 3 POETS
1ST PLACE: $50, A FEATURED VIDEO ON MELBOURNESPOKENWORD.COM, FEATURED SLOT AT MELBOURNE SPOKEN WORD PRESENTS ONE THOUSAND PROMISES ON NOV 15
ONE THOUSAND PROMISES is a duo art project between Francesca Willow and Madison Mae Parker. Francesca, a choreographer and performer, uses Madison’s poetry as a starting point for making movement. The duo aims to create a full, experiential atmosphere for the audience, not allowing them to be passive observers, but active participants in the conversation unfolding before them. Their work touches on the darkness that lies within us all, particularly focusing on eating disorders and mental illness, and the strength to overcome through the power that exists within womanhood.
Poetry@Chrissy Hills originally began as a bi-monthly reading called ‘Wine and Words’ at Acme et al in Yarra Glen. It was moved to the newly rebuilt Christmas Hills Mechanics’ Institute Hall in 2014. The hall is a great venue for a poetry night and it is fast becoming the cultural capital of the universe! The format is open mic followed by the featured reader and we sometimes end the night with some scottish/celtic fiddle music. Featured readers lined up for 2016 include; Wendy Fleming (February), Jennifer Harrison (April), Patricia Sykes (June) , Alex Skovron (August), Gillian Essex (October). We have a lot of fun and laughter and no one takes themselves too seriously
We’d like to congratulate MSW committee member, Slamalamadingdong co-producer and all round awesome adopted Melbourne poet, Arielle Cottingham, for taking out the Australian Poetry Slam Championship last week. MSW Director, Benjamin Solah, had a chat to Arielle following the win.
Tell us a bit about how you got introduced to spoken word?
Hoo, it’s a bit of an involved story. I stumbled across spoken word more or less by accident. I always kept my old high school English textbooks, and I was cleaning out my closet in my parents’ home over the summer when one of them fell open to a page in a chapter we hadn’t covered in class that year. In the sidebar, there was a photo with a caption along the lines of “Staceyann Chin is a world-renowned spoken word poet.” I hadn’t heard of spoken word at that point (I think I was about 17), and thought I’d look it up. I promptly forgot about the book, and then, a few months, maybe a year later, I happened to open the book to the same page, and thought, “Okay, I’m actually going to look this up now.” The first poem I clicked on was her piece “If Only Out of Vanity,” and I was completely floored. I clicked on more of her work, and then found Phil Kaye, Sarah Kay, Andrea Gibson, and Anis Mojgani within the next few hours. I was so starstruck with them I didn’t even think to write for performance for another several years; I would just binge on YouTube videos of poets every once in awhile and try to show my friends. I eventually wrote a couple of poems for performance, but didn’t have the resources to find or get to poetry readings in my hometown; Houston doesn’t really have a central portal for finding poetry events like MSW, so I didn’t have an entry point.
Fast-forward several years. I studied abroad at University of Melbourne, and during my stay a friend in the theatre community mentioned that Anis Mojgani wa
We live in a loud world, full of endless distractions and social media feeds clamouring for our attention. In their joint poetry collection, The Silences (Eaglemont Press), Robbie Coburn and Amanda Anastasi explore the idea of silence in all its forms. It is a meditation. Reading through the poems is an exercise in quiet reflection; a chance to journey into an interior world, by way of Robbie’s haunting (and haunted) rural landscapes and Amanda’s domestic surrealism.
The publisher Ian McBryde (himself a poet of merit) has allowed white space around each poem, that forces the reader to sit for a moment with the after image of each work; a perfect embodiment of the theme. Robbie’s cover design of a lone figure leaning into a dense fog is moody and abstract. It is reflective of his poem, Autumn Proverb:
I recalled your ghost, transparent in the open paddock, a thin veil of fog beginning to leak into the frame.
The Owl and Cat was close to the best choice of venue for a book from Shelton Lea’s publisher, Eaglemont Press (now fronted by Ian McBryde). It has a bohemian, dive-bar feeling. The only other obvious choice would have been a pub. Perhaps Shelton would have heckled from his grave if it was in one. There were few antics. The smoking and rabble rousing was outside. But inside Amanda and Robbie had people queuing to sign their books.
The crowd was far from silent. More seating had to be brought in and the crowd had a contingent of westies, still in a celebratory mood after the Bulldogs win.
Hopefully there will come a time when the binary idea of two separate factions fades away. Both Robbie Coburn and Amanda Anastasi are regular readers on stages. They certainly don’t represent the idea of authors locked away in towers and emerging, shading their eyes from that dreaded sunlight. But neither are they the type of poets to flail their arms about and blow their own trumpet in order to win a contest of words.
Chad Sunshine performing ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Being Wildly Unhappy’ at Slamalamadingdong, on September 29, 2016.
Chad Sunshine (unfortunately not his actual name) is a teacher, poet, jiu jiteiro, and nap-taker from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. With a flair for honesty (and self-deprecation), he writes to tell stories and connect with people on topics ranging from love to privilege to death and beyond. If you ever have to say goodbye to him, he may impart his entire life’s motto onto you in four simple words: “Have fun, be good.”
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