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Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to support the campaign to say yes to marriage equality with a special spoken word event at Loop Bar.
Featuring Kylie Supski & Reverse Butcher, Charlotte Laurasia Raymond, Chalise van Wyngaardt and Jocelyn Deane, hosted by and performance by Benjamin Solah. There will also be a special open mic (3-minute limit), sign up on the night.
Proceeds from drink sales go toward supporting Equal Love.
Chatelaine is a collection of poems whose personae, like a family portrait, resemble one another in foxed, latent ways. Its voices stalk across time and space, inhabiting genres of riddle, fragment, confession, lyric and ekphrasis, and returning to images of metamorphosis and possession.A chatelaine is the mistress of a castle or ancestral household, but in this collection’s elegant but unruly house mysterious transformations occur, dreams and hallucinations project strange apparitions and landscapes, words twist and turn, references to tradition go hand in hand with sci-fi special effects and cinematic staging. The place resounds with accusations and misgivings and scorn – and with playfulness and wilfulness and virtuosity too.
And through these unsettled happenings, perhaps pointing to their source, the poems ask: who does this place belong to, and who will inherit it? Who lives here, and who comes as a visitor?
Bonny Cassidy is the author of three collections of poetry, Said to be Standing, Certain Fathoms and Final Theory (Giramondo 2014), and is co-editor of the anthology Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry (2016). She is feature reviews editor for Cordite and her poetry and essays have been widely published in Australia and internationally. She leads the Creative Writing program at RMIT University
Join Words Out Loud for their last gig at Babushka.
Words Out Loud is a reading, poetry and open mic night held at Babushka bar and lounge. Ballarat Writers is pleased to co-organise this event and encourages members to come along for an evening of fine words and finer company. There is an open mic for people who wish to read their own work, or perhaps a piece by a favourite author. Poetry, prose and all forms of spoken word are most welcome. Bar snacks are available and the sound system is of a very high standard. The event is free, but a gold coin donation is appreciated (so much so, there’s a door prize for donors!)
Get along to the official launch of Lucid Nature: Poems from a year in Wild Dog Valley
In 2016 Sean O’Carroll left the city with his family to live on the land for one year – unplugged and unschooled. The poems of Lucid Nature were born out of the experience of living close to nature, and far from the buzz of the city.
Sean will be in conversation with Claire Dunn, author of “My Year Without Matches”, talking about all things wild and poetic, telling stories and reading poems from the book.
“The poetry of Lucid Nature is unaffected, raw, provocative, acutely sensitive, and written with an honesty that is both painful and exhilarating. Sean O’Carroll’s work will sit comfortably on my bookshelf next to David Whyte, Mary Oliver and John O’Donohue, poetry I turn to for comfort, and the inspiration to give myself to life fully, without apology or excuse.” – Claire Dunn, author of My Year Without Matches
Come along, have a fine Irish whiskey in good company and hear stories and poems from the book! Buck Mulligan’s is a cosy Irish Whiskey bar and bookshop on High St in Northcote and is open to the general public. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this event, and if you pre-ordered books you will also be able to collect your pre-ordered books on the night.
All welcome…Free entry…See you there!
Afro Hub is a monthly open mic where poets can share their work. It’s aimed at encouraging African poets in particular but others are able to jump up as well. Performers can register on the day, everyone that registers has a chance to share.
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.