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.
12 writers, 6 minutes each
With over 30 past incarnations at festivals including Midsumma, Melbourne Writers, Next Wave, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, World Gay Games 2002, Darebin Writers and Melbourne Fringe, Rapid Fire is the longest running spoken word event at the Hare Hole and one of its most popular. Join them as they present 12 writers with 6 minutes each to win the hearts and minds of the audience in one of the most engaging spoken word events on the cultural calendar.
It has been the early proving ground for many of our best-known local writers and remains a great place for established writers to hone their skill and edit their work to the demanding 6-minute limit.
Rapid Fire’s recipe for success is simple: give 12 writers 6 minutes each, draw the order from a hat and ensure that merciless technicians are on hand to turn off the microphone if readers go over time. This formula provides the perfect platform for writers to refine, condense and edit a story, while providing ample time to display their literary brilliance. It is a win for writers and audiences alike.
From published authors trying out spoken word to veteran spoken word artists, expect some of your favourite Rapid Fire readers alongside a batch of fresh faces.
The January Edition of a monthly spoken word event. At these events, Magic Steven performs a spoken word set about whatever has happened since the previous event.
Special Guests this month: Rings Around Saturn + DJ Jalé
Chalise van Wyngaardt performing ‘Truth’ at The 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. Chalise was awarded an Honourable Mention.
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Chalise van Wyngaardt is a poet, theatre-maker and performance artist who believes truth is found outside the comfort zone. Having performed across Melbourne through numerous events and festivals including White Night, Seven Sisters and The Village fest, Chalise is renowned for her provocative and experimental performance styles that challenge the genre of spoken word at a core level. Chalise’s debut poetry collection Author and Melody is now available online through Melbournespokenword.com, and select bookstores across Melbourne
You could decide to write a book, go on tour, win a slam, or run a gig. All awesome things to make resolutions for and some of you probably will. But there are a few forgotten resolutions that spoken wordsters can make to make their 2018 in spoken word extra special for everyone.
Stop apologising If you need to explain a bit about your poem, do some preamble before reading it on the open mic, do so, but do so quickly, but make it your resolution this year to not apologise or sell your work short before you show us the poem. Don’t apologise for not having memorised it, don’t apologise for first drafts, or if you think people won’t get it. You sell yourself short before anyone’s given a chance to realise how dope your writing is. Own the space. It’s your turn on stage. You deserve it just as much as anyone else.
Tell a poet you liked their work Someone’s just poured their heart on stage, they’ve probably said a line that your ear twinkles because it gives you chills but you’ve never heard anyone say anything in that way before. You might whisper to your mate, “holy shit, that was good,” or join the chorus of applause but go and tell the poet who read the poem, especially if they’re new or you’ve never seen them before. You don’t know but your words could be something they really needed to hear.
Go to a gig you’ve never been to before With thirty-five or so regular gigs in Melbourne, you’re bound to have not gotten to them all. That gig you’ve seen advertised but none of your friends go to so you think you won’t know anyone…go to that one. Bring your friends. If it’s on the other side of town, get a carpool together and go check it out. Check out that gig where you don’t know who the feature is. Read the poem you’ve read a million times already to a new audience. If you say you don’t write slam poetry, enter a slam.
People’s Choice winner, Trixi Rosa performs ‘Clumsy Women’ at The 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, on Friday, December 1, 2017 at The Wheeler Centre.
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Trixi Rosa is a performance poet from Punakaiki, Aotearoa (NZ). Her poetry is a vulnerable and awkward inquiry into the intersections of identity and the endless pursuit of place. She explores the enigmatic experience of being a woman, constantly summoned to undress and redress. She shares stories of struggle and survival, resilience and resistance. Stories of love and sexuality. Stories of family.
Her writing is deeply seated in her own personal experience, both lived and perceived.
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