Tuesday, August 23 @ 6:30pm
397 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne
Has an Open Mic?
Sign up at 6.30pm. The first 15 poets signed up will be automatically entered, if there are more than 20 signed up, the remain 5 slots will drawn from a hat.
For the first time ever, Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to host a heat of the Australian Poetry Slam.
Alongside six other heats in Victoria, the winner and runner-up will qualify to go to the Victorian Final of the 2016 Australian Poetry Slam at the State Library of Victoria on September 2, and the winner and runner-up of that will go to Opera House for the National Final.
For the other heats in Victoria, see http://www.australianpoetryslam.com/vic/
Heat sign-up is at 6.30pm sharp. Heat starts at 7pm sharp.
APS rules are 2 minutes, must be your original work, no props, no costumes and judges are randomly selected from the audience: http://www.australianpoetryslam.com/rules/
The Australian Poetry Slam is an initiative of Word Travels and the Victorian Heats and Final are supported by the State Library of Victoria.
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.