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Every second Wednesday, behind the bookshelf in Sooki Lounge’s secret downstairs ‘nook’, you will find a collection of Belgrave’s local creatives opening their chests and sharing their heart with one another.
An incredibly supportive environment where each poet is greeted with genuine applause.
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
Join Andy Jackson for the launch of “Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold” in Castlemaine.
The book will be launched by Terence Jaensch; host will be Ross Donlon – both esteemed local writers.
Andy Jackson is the author of “Among the Regulars” (2010) which was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize, and “the thin bridge” (2014) which won the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize. He has featured at literary events and arts festivals in Australia, India, USA and Ireland, and currently lives in Castlemaine.
Each of the poems in “Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold” is a portrait of someone with, or reputed to have had, Marfan Syndrome (which Andy also has). Many of the poems emerge out of personal interviews, while others are portraits of public figures: Abraham Lincoln, Akhenaten, Mary Queen of Scots, Edith Sitwell, Niccolo Paganini, John Tavener, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Robert Johnson, among others.
Marfan troubles the boundaries between ‘disability’ and ‘extraordinary ability’, and illustrates the complex relationship between the individual body and the social world. These poems recognise the complexities of difference, bringing each person’s distinct voice into visceral and moving poetic forms.
“’Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold’ is a book of masks, thudding hearts, lovers, doctors, bodies and their question marks; speaking beyond places where ‘the only human forms/ are all the same’, Andy Jackson’s angular ventriloquisms are canny, fearless inventions.” – Dan Disney
“… astonishingly good.” – Christos Tsiolkas, The Age
“…a rare and important collection of poems… as generous as they are compelling.” – Pam Brown
“…Beauty, imagination, understanding, empathy, recognition – this book is a perfect example of what poetry can do and what poetry is…” – H
Geelong’s best (and only) poetry & prose nights held monthly, usually with a theme. A perfect combo of wine and words within a supportive community! All poets and poetry lovers welcome. Monthly zines featuring plenty of local and Melbourne talent released at each event. Founded by Annie Mullen-Walsh, Joshua Maxwell De Hoog and Yasmin Mobayad.
Afro Hub invites poets from Melbourne’s African community to share their experience of identity, gender and race. In response to works in the NGV Triennial hear four poets challenge conventional understandings of identity.
Featuring Tariro Mavondo, Charlotte Laurasia Raymond, Sharifa A Tartoussi, Jerzy (Brojay) Beaumont, and Jesse Oliver.
A collaborative event brought to you by Jesse Oliver (2017/18 APS champion) and Melbourne’s own GriffinSpeak, 2018 manifestations is a hopeful ushering in of the new year. As January comes to a close, and new year’s resolutions have waned, we all come together to set goals of a different kind whether they be personal, political or social. With a lineup of exceptional spoken word artists from around Australia, including three 2017/18 APS finalists and the APS 2017/18 winner, this event is likely to smash you in the feels and warm your heart all at once. All proceeds go to charity (TBA).