Friday, December 4 @ 6:30pm
Library At The Dock
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade Docklands
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Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to announce the first ever Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
With cash and other prizes on offer, the Melbourne Spoken Word Prize is awarded to a poet for an except
The Melbourne Poets Union will announce the winners of their International Poetry Competition, with the judges report delivered by Claire Gaskin. The winners will read their poem. There’s a raffle and lots of Christmas cheer.
A spoken word, cross disciplinary poetry slam series quickly putting Melbourne on the National scene as having one of the strongest slam communities in Australia. They honour founder Marc Smith’s “Slam Papi” Philosophy and offers the absolute highest calibre of locally and internationally acclaimed featured artists. A safe space where all poets are truly welcomed and supported.
Slamalamadingdong featuring the season finals, with the top 6 poets from 2015 competing for the 2015 championship, and featuring special guests, plus Morganics!
Doors open 7pm, show starts at 7.30pm sharp.
Top 6 poets for 2015: Sukhjit Khalsa Cameron Semmons Arielle Cottingham Rowan White Hunch Nine John Englezos
Special guests: Amal Ibrahim Tania Kavathas Kamil Wolyniec Griffin Kelly Eva Loughnan Tristan Sather
The Dan Poets is a weekly poetry reading that takes place every Saturday afternoon from 2pm at The Dan O’Connell Hotel. Founded by poet Grant Alexander McCracken, in 1994, it is the longest running poetry event active in Melbourne. Dan Poets are run by a committee of poets who currently include Libby Charlton, Steve Smart, Anne Bowman and Norman Jensen. With a $100 open mic competition on the first Saturday of the month, a free drink for first time readers, and featuring some of the most respected and talented features in Melbourne and Australia, it is a staple of Melbourne poetry and a relaxed afternoon every week.
Words by Farah Beaini
Know nothing, and forever evolve – Michelle Alina Dabrowski
For the more seasoned slam poetry goers, Slamalamadingdong evokes a deep emotional response; a recall of their first introduction to the Melbourne slam poetry scene; a place that reignited and nourished a dormant love for poetry, breathing fire into their oral storytelling traditions.
Now in its fourth year, Slama, as it is affectionately called, has grown into one of Melbourne’s iconic slam poetry communities, attracting a diasporic world of both emerging and well-established poets, artists and performers.
At the heart of Slama’s success has been founder Michelle Alina Dabrowski’s meaningful curation of events and willingness to explore and experiment with spoken word’s place within the wider art scene, all the while honouring the show’s deep-rooted slam foundations. Supported by a loyal crew, it is Michelle’s innate and authentic ability to simultaneously hold and navigate through space – and the audience’s acceptance of her offerings – that makes Slama’s tagline ring true: “Poetry Slam meets ritual meets celebration meets community coming alive”.
While renewal has always been part of Slama’s vocabulary, this year has undoubtedly seen its greatest transformation.
The June 2015 relaunch saw Slama’s rebirth at 24moons in Northcote, with shows now scheduled for Fridays instead of Thursdays, and poets afforded 5 minute slots rather than the usual 3. Unlike its previous homeground (the Bella Union), 24moons is a much more intimate space, allowing for pockets of conversations to grow and flow and for a freer mingling of poets and audience. The new venue also affords greater flexibility to celebrate after each Slama gathering, something not possible under the old 2 hour timeframe at Bella. While the dim lighting at times makes it more difficult to gauge the audience’s reaction, the familiar finger-clicking and up
Sam Ferrante performing her third-place poem, ‘Millennial Romance’ at Slamalamadingdong on October 30, 2015.
Sam Ferrante is a poet from Buffalo, New York, who is visiting Melbourne for a year and fell in love with Melbourne and the poetry scene very quickly.
Words by Anna Forsyth
As Canberra poet, Melinda Smith takes the floor of the Courthouse, her beer fizzes over. This image could be one that springs to mind for people when they think of poetry in performance: gushing with emotion, theatrical, and often extroverted. Given the theatre surrounds, it would be easy to anticipate this. By the end of the night, one poet did yell, “Now that was intense!” but it was a quiet intensity, springing from the power of the subject matter and heartfelt sentiment, rather than any contrivance of the performance. This was no flash-in-the-pan proto-slam sermon. It felt raw and immediate, aided by the packed audience being so close to the poets, with no stage to act as a barrier.
Only one poet was labeled as a performance poet, Fleassy Malay, who put the audience at ease by joking about having to ‘adjust her breasts’ during the performance. She addressed serious themes, such as racism, identity and inter-generational politics with the deft hand of someone in tune with the way the body can serve the poem. Her movements and character voices never distracted, but drew you in and captivated you. Her love of hip hop came through in her cadence, with its lyrical and engaging style.
Robbie Coburn belied his youth as he tackled the thorny nature of life and love in the Victorian countryside. It was bush poetry with a twist of something bitter and real. It was an interesting juxtaposition of poets overall, which is something La Mama does well. You have the seasoned street poet, Kenneth Smeaton, with his world-weary everyman tales, urban unease nestled in next to Robbie’s rural malaise. It’s interesting for an audience to hear these contrasting environs the poets traverse, including splashes of Canberra and Sydney from Melinda. Perhaps one of the more traditionally accomplished poets of the bunch, her work touches on the personal, but is both witty and touching in turn.
If a poetry reading is a feast for
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