Wednesday, March 1 @ 7:30pm
204 High Street Melbourne
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Girls on Key is a monthly poetry gig offering a platform for female-identifying and non-gender conforming poets and spoken word performers. All genders welcome on the open section and in the audience.
Girls on Key was established to provide opportunities for women performers and to raise funds for arts and refugee charities. Delicious crepes and mulled wine! Can’t go wrong.
Rania has been writing for longer than she can remember, but she only started to pursue her poetry seriously two years ago when she applied to be on the West Writers program at Footscray Community Arts Centre with great mentor, Alia Gabres. Through FCAC, she came to know more poets who introduced her to the Melbourne poetry scene. Performing now in Melbourne spoken word gigs all over Melbourne, she came to know her potential and her love for poetry. Her aim to change perspective through spoken word and inspire the change from within.
Waffle Irongirl regularly sets out to write poetry in the venerable tradition of Blake and Whitman. But she keeps getting waylaid by personal opinions, her cultural context and a fondness for the music of Cold Chisel. The fact she can’t resist the occasional slam just makes things worse. On-stage, she’s the poetical analogue of a heavy metal karaoke. Off-stage she’s vague and freshly introverted.
A night for the poetic sweepings of the inner north to degenerate into sleaze, vitriol, and confusion. And rise into revelation, liberating confession and poetic wisps of the sublime. A feast of clashing waters. All in a cozy artsy pup. No features, no list, no limits. Just put your hand up and come on up. Is your piece not really ready? It is for this gig.
The winner of The 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize is Alan Pentland with his piece, ‘Darwin’s Human Race’ performed on Friday, December 1, 2017 at The Wheeler Centre.
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Alan was a teen poet qualified as an architect and became a comedian. He ran Melbourne’s first stand up club Le Joke and was a core member of the award-winning TV comedy Fast Forward. His written work has won awards at international film festivals and in business. A radio ad sold lots of hot water systems.
In 2016 Alan returned to his roots, writing and performing spoken word in small sweaty venues. It’s become an exciting journey in words and ideas. Alan struggles however with grammar rhymes badly, and has no, idea where, to put commas.