Saturday, September 17 @ 6:30pm
Gryphon Gallery, Building 1888
Parkville Melbourne VIC
Has an Open Mic?
Open mic sign up at 6.45pm.
Tickets can be pre-booked at https://eventbrite.com.au/e/…
A special spoken-word event showcasing all that is diverse and wonderful in the melbourne spoken word scene. Based on the idea of the Griffin: a mythological creature made up of power and majesty of the kings of both land and sky, GriffinSpeak is a celebration of artists of diverse backgrounds and styles with a focus on creating space for their stories as they would have them told.
Join us for a night of poetic potency as our powerful super features: John Englezos, Ee’da Brahim and Esme Foong share the stage with our new and appropriately named Griffins as they break into the scene and our open mic-ers as they bring a heterogenous yet coherent ensemble of performances for purposes of both education and expression under the direction of our super poet MC Nour Abouzeid.
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.
Ee’da is a half-Indian, half- Malay Singaporean poet, emcee, singer/songwriter, dancer and arts educator. She broke cultural convention by leaving her family home and coming to Australia where she knew no one. She went on to become an award-winning poet and community arts worker, receiving Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence for her work in the arts. In 2015, she was awarded the UNESCO City of Literature grant to receive mentorship in diversity education through poetry in New York City. She had featured twice at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC and The Silver Room in Chicago and has performed at the United Nations Conference, Arts Centre Melbourne and venues across Melbourne. Most recently her works were featured at International Writer’s Festival in Bali and she continues to run poetry and arts programs in schools and community organisations. She is also a singer/songwriter and has supported international hip hop acts such as Lyrics Born and Dead Prez. She is the Founder of ‘Sisters For Sisters’, a Melbourne-based music and arts collective aimed at creating a platform for female artists while addressing a myriad of social issues both locally and internationally.
Afro Hub is a monthly open mic where poets can share their work. It’s aimed at encouraging African poets in particular but others are able to jump up as well. Performers can register on the day, everyone that registers has a chance to share.
Omar Sakr performs ‘Ghosting the Ghetto’ at Melbourne Spoken Word presents Luka Lesson, at Howler on March 26, 2017.
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Omar Sakr is an Arab Australian poet from Western Sydney, and the current Poetry Editor of The Lifted Brow. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Island, Overland, Meanjin, Mascara Literary Review, Verity La, Strange Horizons, Red Room Company, Tincture, and Antic, among many others. He received the runner-up award in the Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets (2015), and his debut collection, These Wild Houses, is out now with Cordite Books. His poetry has been translated into Arabic as well as Spanish, and anthologised in Best Australian Poems 2016 (Black Inc) and Contemporary Australian Poetry.
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.