Thursday, May 21 @ 7:30pm
728 Main Rd Eltham
Has an Open Mic?
The Courthouse reading is a monthly poetry and spoken word event held in the historic Eltham Courthouse which was built in the 1860s. Helen Lucas has been convening the reading for 12 years and it is funded by the Shire of Nillumbik. The audience is mainly locals but attracts poetry lovers from all over Melbourne. Poets read from the dock, and although that may sound intimidating, it is a convivial and welcoming place with an attentive audience.
Andy Jackson’s poetry collection, ‘Among the Regulars’ was shortlisted for the 2011 Kenneth Slessor Prize. A new short collection, ‘the thin bridge’ won the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize and was published in 2014. His latest book is ‘Immune Systems’ (Transit Lounge, 2015). He has performed across Australia, in India, the USA and Ireland, and he writes about the poetry of unusual bodies at amongtheregulars.wordpress.com
Once upon a time a God believed that he could save an ancient city from ruin by bringing a dead poet back to life. And now the need has again arisen – Our world, our city, our neighbourhood – is in need of poetry and a great poet to save it. A leader, an inspirer, an orator.
A unique theatrical take on Aristophanes’ ancient Greek masterpiece ‘The Frogs’, Irine Vela has assembled an impressive array of performers and musicians to reveal the power and limitations of words and to wrangle the timeless question – Can the spoken word move and inspire. Can it change anything?
Following its sell out debut season in Melbourne Writers Festival (2014). Poetic License returns with the talents of Rod Quantock, Grace Vanilau, Ileini Kabalan, Koraly Dimitriadis, Maryanne Sam, Piri Altraide, Genevieve Fry (solo harp), Kevin Nugara aka Spitfire, Dante Sofra and musicians Mulaim Vela and Pascal Latra.
The evening performances include a double bill with Aria Award winners ‘The HaBiBis’ with Irine Vela, Pascal Latra and Muliam Vela playing traditional and contemporary music from Greece, Anatolia, Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean.
The Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam Champion, wāni, performing ‘Lessons Learnt’ at the Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam, May 25, 2017.
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wāni is a Congolese born, NZ raised and Melbourne based poet with a flare for spoken word. He uses his artistic abilities to serve as a platform in his commitment to the flourishing of life, telling of the untold, as well as the collective empowerment of those peoples too often marginalized and not often enough celebrated.
Alal Broughton performing ‘Tough, girls’ on the open mic at Melbourne Spoken Word’s Fresh Voices on May 9, 2017.
Alal Broughton is as lost as she wants to be. Australian born with Ugandan and white Australian heritage, for Alal every day is an opportunity for discovery and transformation. Alal’s world surrounds itself in creativity. The art of storytelling was bestowed to her around open campfires and full dinner tables by her parents and aunties. These days, whether traveling up and down the East coast of Australia in search of identity, dreaming of her mother’s Ancestry, or creating poetry, stories and music in Melbourne, Alal tackles these pilgrimages of life with journal and pen in hand and thick lips poised to tell all. Every day brings us new opportunity to construct our own realities and to share stories through words, songs and artifacts. Alal strives to capture such moments in the lives around her in an attempt to understand herself.