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.
Are you 16-25 years old? Do you have a passion for storytelling, rap, short stories, poetry, photography, illustration etc.? Do you want to get published and create an interactive community dialogue while you’re at it?
Then come join local storyteller Sista Zai Zanda in Yarra Libraries’ new, interactive, installation-based, community storytelling project – ‘The Poetree’
Sessions will alternate between:‘Young Creative Writers Group Workshops’ (16-25 year olds)
Join Sista Zai Zanda – storyteller, educator and radio producer for The Pan Afrikan Poets Café – as she guides the group through such themes as biography and bio-mythography, creating believable characters and relatable stories, overcoming writer’s block, self-publishing/zine-making, and more. (Dates: 09.09, 23.09, 07.10, 21.10, 04.11, 18.11)‘Open writing sessions’ (Open to all ages)
The group will write quietly for 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes to share ideas, network and socialise. Writers can choose to respond to prompts set by The Poetree group or work on your project. There is no workshopping, so it doesn’t matter what you are writing or which language you are writing in! (Dates: 16.09, 30.09, 14.10, 28.10, 11.11, 25.11)
The Poetree is on display at Fitzroy Library for the duration of the project.
BYO writing materials and/or laptops. Wi-Fi and power available. Light refreshments served.
Yoram Symons performing ‘The Whale’ at Melbourne Spoken Word presents Bill Moran at The Provincial Hotel, Fitzroy on September 1, 2017.
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Yoram Symons is an engaging and unique voice on the Melbourne poetry scene, known for his enchanting storytelling technique. Yoram is a writer, poet and VR/AR producer in Melbourne. His performance work is a mixture of hypnosis and intensity, exploring the intersection of history, culture, technology and the personal experience.
Slam. Is this once agent in changing the way we produce and consume performance poetry still relevant?
For those who are not familiar with slam: Slam is a competition format in which poets are given a set time limit to perform their pieces and are then scored by a total of 5 randomly selected audience members, the scores usually range from 1-10 to the nearest 0.1 with the top and bottom scores being dropped in order to avoid bias, giving each poet a final score out of 30. The poet with the highest score at the end of the night wins. There are many variations on this basic format (which was first introduced by Marc Smith) employed by poetry competitions across the globe.
Slam boasts origins in the idea that the people should have a say in the type of content they are presented with. That is, that those who are the predominant consumers of performance poetry or spoken word; the audience should be the deciding party in the kind of work that is allowed recognition and reward. This has given rise to a style of poetry unofficially termed “slam poetry.”
Slam poetry is a term used to define the type of poetry, both in cadence and content, that is likely to score well at slams. A poet who presents poetry predominantly of this style may be called a slam poet. And while slam, by definition, is a format for competition, the world of slam poets and slam poetry is a rapidly growing one with poets who have attained worldwide recognition for their execution of this style of poetry. However, over time and particularly on our extensive and hugely varied poetry scene, the idea that the poetry presented in slam is of an inferior quality is becoming an increasingly held one.
That is to say, there is a specific school of thought which views slam through a lens that portrays the art that is presented on slam stages as simplistic, repetitive and lacking in any depth beyond the concise point that the artist is trying to make in the allotted time limit.