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.
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.
Tim Evans performs ‘Poem, Interrupted’ at The 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, where he was awarded an honourable mention.
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Tim Evans is still recovering from being English and can be found performing his poems at gigs and slams all over Melbourne and beyond. His hobbies are anxiety, depression and jokes and he often does them all at the same time. He’s been published on Audacious Vol. 4, has featured at The Dan O’Connell, Owl & Cat Readings, Poetry at Tago Mago and Poet’s Corner and was a Slamalongdingdong 2017 finalist. Several people have said nice things about his poetry but have refused to go on the record. He likes using self-deprecation but he isn’t very good at it.
Chalise van Wyngaardt performing ‘Truth’ at The 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. Chalise was awarded an Honourable Mention.
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Chalise van Wyngaardt is a poet, theatre-maker and performance artist who believes truth is found outside the comfort zone. Having performed across Melbourne through numerous events and festivals including White Night, Seven Sisters and The Village fest, Chalise is renowned for her provocative and experimental performance styles that challenge the genre of spoken word at a core level. Chalise’s debut poetry collection Author and Melody is now available online through Melbournespokenword.com, and select bookstores across Melbourne