Sunday, October 8 @ 7:00pm
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Melbourne Spoken Word brings you the return of Australian Poetry Slam Champ, Arielle Cottingham. Supported by a sample of local Melbourne spoken word and poetry, including Waffle Irongirl, Quinn Ea
Come on down to the finest bar in town to indulge your senses: tulip lighting, Absinthe drinking and kick ass poetry! Hosted by Grant Alexander McCracken and Lisa McLean, this casual affair contrasts the extravagant and sparkling surrounds in which it is held. On the last Wednesday of each month at 6pm Poetry at Absinthesalon sees one feature poet express until their heart’s content while sharing the floor with anyone who feels compelled to voice their work. No stage, no mic, just raw natural voices projecting our vibes out into the ether. Join them for a magical night of poetry, community and, of course, Absinthe!
Melbourne Poets Union (MPU) is a self-funded not for profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of poets and poetry in Victoria. They host monthly events in different venues around Melbourne and regional Victoria, run an annual international poetry competition, publish chapbooks, maintain an increasing web presence and are always looking for new opportunities for our members.
This month they celebrate the poetic accomplishments of their members and celebrate their 40th Birthday.
Be pleasantly challenged and inspired at ‘Be Mused’ – Poetry & Humanity at ‘The Resistance’ – Bar & Café in the heart of Hawthorn. This event was founded and is hosted by local poet Cheung-Ling Wong with a varied guest list of poets with two open mic segments available for all interested poets and lovers of the muses. Chill-out with a Rastafarian vibe on the bean bags downstairs in the large basement shisha lounge that also serves as the poetry reading space. This monthly event is free but cash donations are encouraged as this event is an official fundraiser for the Australian Red Cross and all the good humanitarian work they do around Australia and the world. ‘The Resistance’ is right next to Glenferrie train station and Glenferrie Rd trams.
Christopher James White performs ‘Baby Boy’ at Melbourne Spoken Word presents Bill Moran on September 1, 2017.
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Christopher James White is a poet and illustrator from Atlanta who’s been travelling the world since venturing to Tokyo two years ago. He’s gotten active in the Melbourne Spoken Word community for the last four months sharing work that explores his hurt, happiness, worry, and rage. His stories are drawn from his own life as well as the imagined worlds of his childhood. He explores sonhood, family, love, doubt, death, technology and Afro-futurism.
Meena Shamaly and Sharifa Tartoussi perform ‘Scars’ supporting Sierra DeMulder at Howler, on August 20, 2017.
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Meena Shamaly is a poet, composer, and musician. He identifies as a foreigner everywhere, with a hybrid cultural and creative identity. He is also one of the creative producers of Slamalamadingdong.
Sharifa A Tartoussi is a dental student, poet and performer. Equal parts worrier, warrior and all round human, when she is not squinting at teeth or hitting the books, she writes and sometimes, she works up the courage to perform. She is involved in several creative projects, most notably becoming half the founding party of GriffinSpeak; a poetry and spoken word gig that runs quarterly and aims to create space for voices from marginalised groups around Melbourne.
Do you have a fitness coach? Well good on you. I don’t. Probably why a flight of stairs leaves me huffing and puffing.
But if I did, I imagine it would function for my health the way critique workshops function in my writing life.
A critique workshop is where a group of artists meet regularly to share their work with each other and give feedback. This group can consist of peers or might be facilitated by a teacher/leader. Groups can be as broad as a meeting of mixed artists, to something as specific as a group of speculative flash fiction writers wishing to publish in journals. I’ve experienced the full range and gotten benefit from every meeting. Melbourne Spoken Word’s free Sunday workshop, We Work This Shop, is a poetry/spoken word specific one to try.
Generally, a critique workshop has the following structure:Warmup: the purpose is to pull people out of their daily lives and get them in the mood for their art. In some groups, this is social, for example updating each other on recent progress. In others, this might be a free-write or specific writing exercise. Sharing & Critique: participants take turns to share their work, other group members take turns to provide feedback.
Now I don’t want to lecture you to join a critique workshop anymore than I want you to evangelise to me on fitness. But if you are interested in giving it a go here are some tips (not rules!) to getting the best out of a critique workshop.RECEIVING CRITIQUE Don’t apologise for your work: Your co-participants are about to invest their time and consideration into helping improve and progress your work. Show this investment due respect. If you have to, provide information about what stage you’re at, “This is a first draft/ I haven’t written the ending” etc. But disparaging your work skews people’s evaluation before you’ve even started – you won’t get the objective feedback you’re seeking. I
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