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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 — Friday, August 28 @ 7:30pm

Slamalamadingdong Open Slam plus Jam featuring Justine J Mac + DJ 2n

24 Moons

Slamalamadingdong is part poetry slam, part ritual and at its core, a community coming alive on a monthly basis (the last Friday of every month!) to support, uplift and inspire one another while celebrating oral storytelling traditions.

Helping us open the show, the winner of last month’s Permission Slam, Rowan White and the rising Poetess of Melbourne Amal Ibrahim.

Featuring the sassy and strong ‘quadruple threat’ comedian, actress, poet and singer Justine J Mac, a live freestyle/open mic jam focusing on collaboration between Melbourne jazz band O’Stranger Tang with local Poets and MC’s and super healthy booty shaking dance session with DJ 2nd Thought. August 28th is sure to leave you feeling in love with Slama’s collaborative spirit dripping with poetic talent and conscious vibes. In other words- we’re cookin with gas!

Slama Mumma Michelle Dabrowski and the Slama crew bring you everything that Slamalamadingdong does best yet again. In our 31st show in the last four years we sow the seeds of love to keep planting our feet in our new venue 24 Moons to deliver a space full of integrity, support for creative risk taking and a program of interdisciplinary performances resulting in extreme inspiration and high vibes for poets, storytellers, word smiths of all disciplines who are willing to challenge themselves to present their work within the structure of a Poetry Slam following three basic rules.

No props, music or costumes. 3 minute time limit. Pieces presented must be original work.

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.