Saturday, February 20 @ 7:00pm
205 Collins St Melbourne
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This is a free event but to help pay the poets, we're raising money through GoFundMe to fund the full line-up spanning 44 poets in 12 hours.
Melbourne Spoken Word is excited to be included in White Night for 2016.
With thousands of people bustling in Melbourne overnight, Melbourne Spoken Word will present a buffet of local Melbourne poets, spoken word artists and slammers from 7pm to 7am. Twelve hours of poetry and performance. Forty-four poets. From world changing to hilarious to introspective to moving, we have it all.
Jez P A Speelman
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa
Brendan Reed Dennis
Chalise van Wyngaardt
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.
Meet Charlotte, short-statured, pocket rocket, dancer, poet, goat enthusiast, adventurer, exhibitionist, theatrical can-can dancer and perpetually hungry makeup enthusiast. We met on the balcony of the equally fiery and petite Cabinet Bar and Gallery where Charlotte firmly declared that “Gin is Food.”
So who are you? I’m Charlotte Laurasia Raymond. I like to say I’m a goat enthusiast. I guess I could also say social worker, Filipino Sri Lankan, queer, all those things are true, but fall short of really telling you who I am. I identify strongly with being short (I’m 5 foot high). And I’m passionate, I think passionate is just a good word to describe me.
Why short? Cause it’s endearing! Also, because connects me with my mum who is also short. Much of my identity comes from my mum’s connection with the Philippines, with her status as an outsider. Growing up, at extended family gatherings, my mother used to sit with the children and it wasn’t till I grew older that I understood it was because she felt like an outsider. I think one of the common themes of my identity is being mixed race, being queer but not overtly queer and having a physically small structure. I think by always focusing on my height I get to identify with these parts of me without having to be explicit.
Some of your most compelling pieces are about your mother. Has she ever seen your poetry? She’s seen it on YouTube, my brother showed her a video and said she liked it, but she’s never spoken to me about it. Writing poetry about my mother has felt like a healing process in rebuilding for what was a long time a very estranged relationship.
Never invited her to a live show? I do a lot of poetry about being queer and my parents don’t know that about me.
But so much of your poetry on the internet references your queerness. We just don’t talk about these things. I’ve always been the initiator of change and the one bringing conflict
Jay J Larkin performs ’23’ at Girls on Key, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Open Studio.
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Jay J Larkin combines her love for poetry and good food every month at her pop up poetry cafe Miss Millie’s. Here she’s been able to cultivate a community of poets mature and green, whilst eating homemade brownies. When she’s not baking for Miss Millie’s you can find her running workshops for high schools, judging many a competition or running more poetry events with the Islamic Museum of Australia. And sometimes when she’s not behind the scenes she takes place on stage and performs her own work, almost always centring around relationships, identity, feminism and her journey as a woman so far.
Girls on Key is a monthly poetry event supporting women and non-binary artists, that takes place usually on the first Wednesday of the month at Open Studio, Northcote. For more information visit girlsonkey.com, their Facebook Page, Twitter, and YouTube channel.