Thursday, January 12 @ 8:30pm
744 High St Thornbury
Has an Open Mic?
Featuring poetry and music by Brendan Bonsack and poetry by Margo Coulter. Plus the launch of ‘One Night Only – #1’ chapbook by Steve Smart.
Why ‘Blame Smarty’ as a gig name? Good question. Truly MC/convenor/regular performer Steve Smart has been blamed for so many things – mostly aching heads and whiny livers – and he believes in making the best of what he’s got to work with. So feel free to come along to Tago Mago on the 2nd Thursday of the month for poetry/music/shenanigans, and the next morning know that you can always ‘Blame Smarty’. Sometimes there are sparklers and glowsticks too, along with friendly staff, a high end sound system and reasonably priced drinks. Come for the art, stay for the chaos.
The event is curated, so all features and no open mic. but the MC can be bribed if he’s in a good mood, and we do love our surprise guests. Entry is by donation, helps us pay our artists in the style to which they’ve become (cough) accustomed. Keep your eye on MSW for some interesting new tangents over the next couple of months.
Margo Coulter caught poetry after spending far too much time around poets. There is no cure for poetry however proper management of symptoms can allow for a normal lifestyle. Margo thinks ‘normal’ is just an arbitrary social construct anyway and prefers to focus on one-sided conversations with her cats, making the perfect mac and cheese and binging on television.
Over the past 16-17 years Steve Smart has performed all over the world, run workshops, gigs, festivals (RIP Overload Poetry Festival) and been sporadically published. He has released six poetry CDs, various self-published chapbooks and has a massive web presence. His hair is no longer categorised as brown, it is now officially ‘salt and pepper’. As a poet Steve has been described as ‘Melbourne’s rockstar of performance poetry’ – (Perth Poetry Club), “wildly funny to deeply moving’ (Simon Leo Brown – abc.net.au) and ‘a raw, seething, hardcore poet who makes the rest of us look spineless’ (Amanda Anastasi – melbournespokenword.com). He lives in Footscray and is the current President of Melbourne Poets Union.
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.