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.
Celebrate the end of the year at Bar Oussou, with their usual open mic with a free vegan buffet.
About Spoken Word at Oussou A night for the poetic sweepings of the inner north to degenerate into sleaze, vitriole and confusion. And rise into revelation, liberating confession and poetic whisps of the sublime. A feast of clashing waters. All in a cozy artsy pup. No features, no list, no limits. Just put your hand up and come on up. Is your piece not really ready? It is for this gig.
Sharifa Tartoussi, winner of Slamalamadingdong for November, performing ‘Ya Jabal (Mountains)’ at Slamalamadingdong, November 24, 2016.
Slamalamadingdong happens on the last Thursday of every month at 24 Moons, Northcote. See melbournespokenword.com/events for upcoming events.
A closet poet freshly un-closeted, Sharifa utilises both page and stage to navigate through her Arab roots and her pseudo-western upbringing, discussing everything from the loss of identity and homeland to the humanness we all observe as we travel through life. A fire at heart, tamed only by the oxygen that fuels it, she wavers between waning embers and raging inferno depending on the day and the issue. Most days, she can be found trying to get to the root of all things wacky and wonderful and sometimes, she writes things.
Carmen Main performing ‘An Unusual Work’ at The Owl & Cat Readings on November 6, 2016.
The Owl & Cat Readings are held on the first Sunday of the month at The Owl & Cat Theatre, 34 Swan Street, Richmond.
Carmen Main is a writer and spoken word performer, born and bred in Melbourne. Her style is personal, attempts immediacy, aims to use words economically, and is hugely influenced by pop culture, music and art. She picks up pens to write down feelings. Blurred lines between poetry and catharsis.
Carmen received an Honourable Mention at The Melbourne Spoken Word Prize 2015 and is included in the audio journal Audacious Volume 2, published by MSW.
She has featured at ‘Melbourne Speaks Poetry’ at White Night 2016, at MoreArt 2016, Passionate Tongues and House of Bricks, the Dan, the Owl & Cat readings, and was interviewed on 3CR’s Spoken Word program.
Nathan Curnow reading, Corpse Fete, from his collection, The Apocalypse Awards at The Owl & Cat Readings, on November 6, 2016.
The Owl & Cat Readings happen on the first Sunday of every month, at The Owl & Cat Theatre in Richmond.
Nathan Curnow is an award-winning poet, performer and past editor of Going Down Swinging. His previous books include The Ghost Poetry Project, RADAR, and The Right Wrong Notes. His most recent collection The Apocalypse Awards (2016) is inspired by the absurdity of the modern world and charts our collective obsession with the end times. A recipient of the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize, he teaches creative writing at Federation University, and is a co-host of the Youtube series Cooking Classic Poems.
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