Wednesday, May 17 @ 7:30pm
The Night Heron
228 Nicholson Street,
Has an Open Mic?
Poetry is starting up at The Night Heron in Footscray
The first event has two amazing features;
Kylie Supski, winner of the 2016 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. To see her winning poem; http://melbournespokenword.com/kylie-supski-graffiti-walls-the-2016-melbourne-spoken-word-prize/
Maurice McNamara, who has published his work in Cordite among other places and has a book: “Half Hour Country” to see Maurice in action; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvUOvmj5n9U
In addition to the very exciting features, there will be a very exciting open mic. The theme for the evening is Who We Are. For anyone wanting to be on the open mic, there’s a bit of a challenge. Each reader is very emphatically encouraged to read both their own work and poetry by somebody else.*
There will be stacks of poetry by all sorts of poets available on the night, so if you don’t have your favourite poet handy, or don’t have a favourite poet, you could find them here. It’s also possible to recite a favourite work and leave it at that if that is what you want.
The best reader will get a prize in the form of a book of poetry.
Multilingual readers are welcome.
The will be other surprises and prizes on the night, so come along to check it out.
The Night Heron also has some of the nicest beer ever and very friendly bar staff.
Entry is free, but donations are awesome.
*(If your chosen poem(s) is 3 pages or more, please have a chat with me before you get started so I can make sure you will have enough time.)
Kylie Supski is a Polish-Australian poet and spoken word performer. Kylie’s inspiration comes from her personal experiences, all aspects of her life, and the people she is surrounded by. Kylie is greatly concerned with using art as a method of speaking out about global economic and political inequality. She encourages her audiences towards critical thinking, and to consider the weight of their own powers as citizens with specific regard to the inhumane policies backed by the Australian government controlled by less than ‘The 1%’. Kylie however, enjoys a diverse repertoire and is passionate about exploring the beauty of being alive. Kylie Supski was the winner of The Melbourne Spoken Word Prize in 2016.
Battle it out for the title of Victorian Slam Poet Champion.
The search is on for Australia’s 2017 poetry slam champion.
Speak, scream, howl, whisper or even sing your poems, stories, lyrics or monologues in this electric live event where the audience is the judge!
Two finalists from each slam heat will compete in their state final, and the winner and runner-up from each state will compete at the national final in Sydney.
The national champion wins an international writers festival tour prize pack worth up to $11,000!
Hosted by Michelle Dabrowski, performance poet and slam champion.
Julia Prendergast performing ‘A Dedicated Poem’ at the Slamalamadingdong Anything Goes Slam on June 22, 2017.
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Julia Prendergast is a New Zealand born poet, raised around small country towns in Australia. After first discovering a poetry slam in 2012 she has only recently started to share her work. Although primarily being a fine artist, she cannot deny her hand from pen, paper, words, and eventually a stage. Her poetry is a form of expression and consolidation around topics which she finds necessary to create a conversation around. Through lived experiences with mental health, many of her poems invites you into the un-comfort that is the therapy room she wish she had. Julia believes that if you have a platform to stand on, use it to create change and to start a debate with everyone you may or may never meet.
Danny Hutley performs ‘Thunderstorm Asthma’ at Melbourne Spoken Word’s Fresh Voices on May 9, 2017.
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Danny Hutley is from Essex in the UK, and has been a regular on Melbourne’s open mics for the last two years. His poetry explores distance, fragmenting relationships and dance-floors. He came second place in the June Shenfield poetry award and was highly commended in the John Shaw Nielson poetry award. He is currently working on a collection of short stories.