Friday, June 12 @ 8:00pm
83 Brunswick Street Fitzroy
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Melbourne Spoken Word is excited to present a special show, Showcase, in conjunction with Conduit Arts on Brunswick Street. Featuring 6 poets, we’ve got a few emerging poets, a few unknowns and a few old favourites.
Featuring Cherry Murphy, Jacky T, Krish Prasad, Natalie Acreman, and Ania Walwicz and Jez Speelman.
Krish Prasad is an Indian-born spoken word artist and performer whose work is based around deconstructing human relationships and behaviour, and providing perspective on how one’s everyday struggles with life and its challenges are a near universal experience. Using biting humour, theatrical portrayals, and sudden changes in tempo and intensity, he creates an authentic representation of the modern human and his war with identity. Krish started writing at 14, but has only been giving stage performances for around 2 years. During this time, he has performed at several venues in both his hometown of Mumbai, India and his adopted home of Melbourne, Australia. He has featured at the Big Mic and readings at Café Goa in Mumbai, as well as at Passionate Tongues, Dan Poets and the House of Bricks in Melbourne, and has been received exceedingly well. He also cooks a mean red-bean curry, loves warm weather and warm socks, and is a part-time human.
Multiplatform artist often found climbing flagpoles, flirting with other poets and humping random inanimate objects after drinking too much for such a little guy. Jez has spent the last 15 years gracing and defiling stages across Melbourne with his spoken word, poetry, vocal work and various music collaborations. You just never know what you are going to get when Jez hits the stage or gets a hold of that mic.
Jacky T is a poet/MC/producer who lives and hustles in Brunswick, Melbourne. Originally from country Victoria, he wears city life like an itchy woollen sweater. He is a published poet, award winning slam artist and has just dropped ‘New Stylus ep’ for ya free downloading pleasure.
Cherry Murphy is a poet and pastry chef who splits her time between writing and baking cakes. She feels strongly about contributing to making the world a more honest (and sweeter) place through the use of cake and words. Her poetry is often raw and touches on topics such as women’s rights, family, religion, and gender.
Ania Walwicz is a poet and spoken word artist who teaches at RMIT. Her published books include “Writing,” “Boat,” “Red Roses,” “Elegant” and “Palace of Culture.” Her current work is “Horse” a book/theatre text/ multilevel opera.
Natalie Acreman is a radical poet, activist, and kitten enthusiast from Hawthorn. Having fled regional Victoria for the big city, Natalie has a hardened commitment to rainbow tie-dye and doing the exact opposite of what’s expected. Their poetry is a mix of confessional, political, and angrily-yelling-about-things-they-don’t-like.
Hosted by Oliver Mol, featuring readings by Oliver Mol, Eric Yoshiaki Dando, Laura Jean McKay, Nevo Zisin, Miles Allinson and Romy Ash.
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.