Thursday, December 15 @ 7:00pm
239 Lonsdale Street Chinatown
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Outside the Box Press is proud to present ‘Wide Open,’ the new book from critically acclaimed Cabaret star and performance poet Amy Bodossian. This poignant, moving, and erotic poetry collection, illustrated by the author, is about to be unleashed onto Australian readers, after much anticipation from fans of one of Australia’s most unique, eccentric, and captivating spoken word artists.
Amy has been nominated for a Green Room Award, been on ABCs Spicks and Specks and Please Like Me, performed sell out shows to audiences across Australia, and headlined most of Melbourne’s top spoken word events. Now she is preparing to launch her beautiful and long-awaited new book, ‘Wide Open’, just in time for Christmas!
Launched by Alicia Sometimes, with special performances by top Melbourne poets, Koraly Dimitriadis, Anthony O’Sullivan, Maurice Mcnamara, Emilie Collyer, Yvette Stubbs, and a special comedic performance by Kimberly Twiner
Hosted by Jo Zealand. And of course, Miss Bodossian will be performing a very special set from the book.
“From high speed sex on the highway to domestic bliss. From kissing the dizzying heights of new love to skinning her knees on the concrete of rejection. From fucking amongst her childhood toys to the agony of letting go on the beach at midnight, Amy plunges into the treacherous yet expansive oceans of romantic love with a heart that will not harden. A heart that will always be ‘Wide Open.'”
“Vulnerable, honest, primal, cosmic, elemental and ultimately unforgettable. Amy reminds you of all the hurt and wonder of being alive.”
– Bronwyn Lovell, Winner of the Adrien Abbott Poetry Prize
“This collection holds no punches. It is an invigorating, life-affirming book that celebrates the fierce and the hopeless in all of us.”
– Emilie Collyer, Award winning playwright and author
“Bodossian’s trippy, dippy poetry is a constantly surprising delight. She seamlessly segues into a smokey torch singer, straddling the lines between satire and serious art, sweetness and obscenity, sexiness and gawkiness.”
– The Advertiser
“There isn’t a pigeonhole in existence, no matter how well labelled, that could possibly hold Amy Bodossian. No warning, no apologies.”
– FINGER MAGAZINE
Come buy a copy for your partner, your mum, your unrequited love. Get one to read as you down champagne and cry over your Christmas Turkey! Tis the season!
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.