Sunday, June 18 @ 7:00pm
The Toff in Town
2 252 Swanston St
$15/12 pre-booked or $20/15 on the door
Has an Open Mic?
Melbourne Spoken Word brings you the recently crowned Women and the World Poetry Slam Champion, Ebony Stewart, all the way from Texas, USA, performing a full set supported by some amazing spoken wo
Hosted by ‘the patron-saint of Melbourne poetry,’ poet and photographer Michael Reynolds, what began as a one-off gig on Valentine’s Day in 1999, has turned into one of the longest running gigs in Melbourne, now hosted every second Monday at The Brunswick Hotel, with a diverse range of features from Melbourne and sometimes from beyond, and a substantial space for open mic, it is great for first time readers or performers.
Harbour @ The Guild provides a supportive space for women writers to present their poetry, prose and experiments with words in an intimate setting. The night is held monthly at the Artists Guild Studio, a cosy workshop and co-creating space nestled among galleries in Footscray’s vibrant Trocadero Art Space. Numbers are limited to just eight people.
The night begins with a surprise writing prompt and twenty minutes of writing. Who knows, you may even write something you feel like hopping up and sharing! Then it’s your chance to take the floor. First timers encouraged. Tea, coffee and biscuits included in ticket price. Curated by The Artists Guild, a peer mentoring hub for female-identifying artists.
Note to performers: The nights are themed, however you are welcome to ignore the theme and choose your own adventure if you prefer. Whatever the subject, Harbour @ The Guild would love to hear your voice. The theme for this inaugural event is “Harbour.”
The winner of Slamalamadingdong for April, wāni, performs ‘Silence’ at Slamalamadingdong on April 27, 2017.
wāni is a Congolese born, NZ raised and Melbourne based poet with a flare for spoken word. He uses his artistic abilities to serve as a platform in his commitment to the flourishing of life, telling of the untold, as well as the collective empowerment of those peoples too often marginalized and not often enough celebrated.
Viki Mealings performs ‘Other People’s Children’ at the launch of Audacious 4, at The Provincial Hotel, on March 13, 2017.
Viki Mealings is a Melbourne poet, musician and singer. She was one of the poets that featured on Audacious 4th edition audio Journal published by Melbourne Spoken Word this year. She was winner of the 2010 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival Poetry Slam. She produced and performed in the Melbourne Fringe show ‘I am That Woman’ in 2015. Last year she published a poetry collection entitled ‘Her Poetic Body’. She is front woman of the band ‘Brittle Sun’ who are due to release their EP, ‘Elemental Skin’ next month. Her poetry explores issues of social justice and inequality.
Brendan Bonsack is often seen behind a camera, taking photos that inspired people describing being photographed by him at poetry gigs in his classic black and white as being ‘Bonsacked.’ He’s also a fine poet and musician. He even wrote a poem predicting the Bulldogs would win the AFL Grand Final last year.
Can you think of a moment, like from your childhood, that was probably a dead giveaway you’d become a poet?
Apparently, when I was born, a nurse remarked to my mother: “look at him, he already has the weight of the world on his shoulders.” Maybe that qualifies? I have always been drawn to melancholy in poetry.
How’d you discover spoken word?
I think it was by accident, at the Dan O’Connell. I was walking past on my way to somewhere else, and got curious about the goings on through the glass doors. There were blank spots on the Open blackboard, so I scribbled my name in and did one of my songs as a spoken word piece. I must have trimmed a couple of choruses out of it because there were no shouts of “get on with it!” from the bar. The thing about the Dan is that people are very warm to newcomers, so I was inspired to come again.
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?
It would be tempting to take Nathan Curnow’s “The Apocalypse Awards”, but it might scare my fellow bunkermates! Perhaps a large anthology of Emily Dickinson. All those compact gems could be good first seeds in the new world.
When you write a brand new poem that you just have to read, which open mic do you first think to take it to?
Whichever is coming up next! I think every open mic gig I’ve seen in Melbourne is a good place to try new poems. Audiences love to hear new stuff. I have the most rousing audience chanting of “New Shit!!” at Girls on Key.
Which legend of the Melbourne poetry scene do you wanna become w
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