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Friday, October 16 @ 7:00pm


Scratch Warehouse
275-285 Macaulay Rd North Melbourne



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Melbourne Spoken Word is taking the vision of poetry slam founder Marc Smith (so what!) to the next level in October, presented ‘poetry SLAM!!!’ we’ve got a vision of poets duking


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Event — Saturday, September 5 @ 10:00am

Write Breathe Perform: Masterclass with Candy Royalle

Footscray Community Arts Centre

WRITE BREATHE PERFORM is an intensive, full day masterclass with Candy Royalle for all aspiring writers and performers as well as individuals who simply want help with expressing themselves. It is aimed at all levels – from those who have never written or shared work to established artists.

Some of the things the workshop covers:

– Writing techniques and exercises Activate the mind with exercises designed to help you establish a base from which to create

Tackling writers block Writers block is usually a symptom of negative self talk. The workshop endeavors to help combat critical inner monologues

Editing Good writing = good editing. We look at how to edit your own work as well as others’ including how to deliver constructive criticism.

The ethical obligations of creators A discussion and exploration of what it is we as artists and human beings might be obligated to express, respect or discuss in our work.

Writing for the self The cathartic experience of expression Writing for the stage Preparing work and the self in order to share the work whether it be with friends or on stage

Managing nerves The magic of mindfulness as a tool in controlling nerves

Breathing techniques Harnessing mindfulness and breath for self confidence

Performance exercises and warm ups Basic exercises to prepare your body for performance

Performance techniques Help in assessing work for performance

Confidence building By the end of the workshop you will be well prepared to share your work in front of an audience.

News — August 7

Victorian heats of the Australian poetry slam coming up

By Benjamin Solah

The State Library of Victoria have announced the upcoming Victorian heats of the 2015 Australian Poetry Slam. Five heats will take place across Victoria, with only two of those being within greater Melbourne. Bendigo, Wangaratta, Moonee Valley, Sydenham and Yarram will host heats from August 14 to September 5, with the Victorian Final taking place at the State Library on the 11th of September.

Spoken word artist and host of Slamalamadingdong, Michelle Dabrowski will host the heats and the Victorian Final, and perform alongside the winners of the Out Loud schools poetry competition.

First and second place from the state final will go on to compete in the national final at the Sydney Opera House on October 11, with around $12,000 worth of prizes up grabs including a tour of China.

Brendan Reed Dennis took out last year’s Victorian Final, with previous winners of the national slam including Luka Lesson, Omar Musa and Zohab Zee Khan, many of those have taken winning the APS to launch big careers in poetry and spoken word.

For more info about the heats check out the SLV website and for more info about APS check out their website.

Bendigo Friday 14 August 7pm (registrations 6.30pm) ‘The Engine Room’ 50 View Street Contact: Mark Hands, markh@ncgrl.vic.gov.au

Wangaratta Friday 21 August 6.30pm (registrations 6pm) Wangaratta Library 21 Docker Street Contact: Leah Walker, leahw@hclc.vic.gov.au

Moonee Ponds Wednesday 26 August 6.30pm (registrations 6pm) Sam Merrifield Library 762 Mt Alexander Road Contact: Eda Irfin, eirfan@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Sydenham Saturday 29 August 2pm (registrations 1.30pm) Sydenham Library 1 Station Street Watergardens, Taylors Lakes Contact: Danielle Marie, daniellem@brimbank.vic.gov.au

Yarram Saturday 5 September 11.30am (registrations 11am) District Hub 156 Grant Street Contact: Jeanette Moore, jeanette.moore@wellington.vic.gov.au

Australian Poetry Slam – Victorian

Video — July 10

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa / To Advance Australia Fair

By Benjamin Solah

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa performs her winning poem, “To Advance Australia Fair” at Slamalamadingdong on June 26, 2015.

Video produced by Melbourne Spoken Word, Filmed by Benjamin Solah and Freeman Trebilcock, and edited by Benjamin Solah.

Performed at Slamalamadingdong, at 24 Moons in Northcote. Slamalamadingdong is held on the last Friday of each month.

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a #grownwoman, hairy, single and ready to mingle, and a storyteller. You’ll find her on park benches dnm’ing with strangers about the evils of the patriarchy or impromptu rapping about Tony Abbott with her best mate. She is passionate about the performing arts and inherently merges her advocacy background with the arts. Sukhjit, from a young age, enjoyed writing pieces and performing them for her family. In fact, her first script was written when she was just 6 years old. However, while on exchange in Prague, a Bulgarian backpacker hijacked Sukhjit’s laptop and typed in ‘Sarah Kay’, exposing her to the magical world of spoken word poetry. Since then she has been workshopping pieces and it was only until the Australian Poetry Slam Competition last year that she decided to perform spoken word for a wider audience, spiralling off into a YouTube Channel titled Contemporary Kaur. Sukhjit’s writing predominatly surrounds stories of the Sikh diaspora, family, cultural confusions, and gender. She is still discovering the art form of slam poetry and experimenting with style and content while she currently resides in the ‘big city’ of Melbourne. For her, the journey has just begun.