ProudSpoken brings spoken word in all its forms, from beatniks, bush poetry and slam, out in Warnambool.
The Dan is Melbourne’s longest running weekly poetry venue is now in its 24th year. Every Saturday between 2pm-5pm, The Dan O’Connell Hotel becomes, The Home of Poets. The Dan is a community of poets, who support each other’s work, and endeavour to improve their poetry. Some of the poets that perform at The Dan have been writing poetry for decades, but many, are just starting their poetry journey.
The Dan is also, for people that love to see poets performing their poems. Our poetry audience can listen, and watch the open mic, with a drink and a meal in front of them, you will hear words from around the corner, and around the world. It’s free entry, and everyone is welcome on the open mic.
Give yourself the gift of a living performance, come and experience Poetry @ The Dan O’Connell. Put your name on the blackboard and be part of the open mic. Co-ordinated and MC’d by the Dan Poet’s Collective, Libby, Steve, Anne and Norman.
We Work This Shop is a free feedback based workshop run by Melbourne Spoken Word. Anyone is welcome to bring a poem or spoken word piece for feedback from the group. The aim is to provide constructive and critical feedback to help those on the poetry scene edit and improve their work.
Guided by the Melbourne Spoken Word crew each Sunday evening except for the first Sunday of the month or when we host a gig, we ask you to bring a poem to share for feedback and printed copies if possible. We begin each session with a free write. If the group is big enough, we sometimes split into two groups.
Hosted at Siteworks, we’re usually in Workroom 5 in the red brick building, which you can find by entering through the gates on Saxon Street.
The workshop is free for anyone, but for those that can afford it, we ask for a gold coin donation or two to help pay for the room.
Amy Bodossian performs ‘My Housemates Girlfriend’ at Passionate Tongues Poetry, January 9, 2016.
Passionate Tongues Poetry is on every second Monday night at The Brunswick Hotel from 7.30pm.
Critically acclaimed Cabaret star and spoken word artist Amy Bodossian is an eccentric and unforgettable performer who has been captivating audiences for over then ten years with her unique blend of song, spoken word and comedy. She has appeared on ABC’s Spicks and Specks and Please Like Me, performed at major festivals across Australia and headlined most of Melbourne’s major poetry events. She has been nominated for a Green Room Award and received rave reviews – ****1/2 – The Advertiser ‘entrancing… utterly beautiful and heart wrenching.. – Stage Whispers. ‘There isn’t a pigeonhole in existence that could possibly hold Amy Bodossian. No warning, no apologies. ‘- FINGER MAGAZINE
Amy has just released her much anticipated debut book, ‘Wide Open’, which you can order online at amybodossian.com/shop-front/ or outsidetheboxpress.com/titles
One of the things Melbourne Spoken Word is going to try and focus on more in 2017 is the culture of critical discussion and writing about spoken word. Since we relaunched the website in 2015, we’ve had a few people review books, gigs and albums from around the scene but it’s never quite taken off as planned. I wrote in 2015 about the challenges of reviewing spoken word as an art form. But another element of this is how we go about having open and honest critical discussions about each other’s work as a close-knit community of artists.
So far, most of the reviews we’ve published have been wholly positive. Many of the reviews have been written by friends of the artist, or artists find someone they know to review the work. This isn’t in line with other publications that require minimal correspondence between the producer of the work and the reviewer, so it’s unbiased and as objective as possible. We’ve tried to address this by asking that reviews go through us. This is extra hard for us to avoid because most poets within the scene know each other.
“Friendly” reviews take on more of an explanatory role, almost advertorial in nature, describing a work they like and highlighting it for the rest of the community to engage with. This is one way of reviewing work, but another one that I think is beneficial and would enrich our artform is going beyond the surface level and having more critical discussions in a mature way. The issue is: how would poets react to critical or even somewhat negative writing about their work? How would you react if someone reviewed your chapbook and said some of the pieces fell flat in places, for example, or critiqued your work in depth? I think poets would react differently to this. Some might take the criticism on board or accept it as a difference of opinion, a different approach to the art form. Some might take it more personally or as an offence.
The point isn’t to
Alex Fusca performing ‘Conduits’ at The 2016 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, on December 2, 2016. Alex Fusca won The Peoples Choice Award.
Alex Fusca has no formal writing qualifications, although he did attend almost more than half of his year 11 equivalency classes. A qualified plumber that quit everything that even remotely resembled work to start performing comedy. He stumbled upon poetry shortly after he experienced an emotion too hard to write a joke about. After experiencing these emotions, Alex’s main focus in writing has been to gain a better understanding of his own and other peoples emotions through his poetry. His work has been described as “good as” by his mate Rory. Since he started performing his poetry he has won a basket full of craft beers and placed 1st in the Slamalamadingdong slam poetry competition.
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