Tuesday, February 28 @ 6:00pm
33 Saxon Street,
$20 (or $15 for Patreon Patrons: https://www.patreon.com/melbspokenword)
Has an Open Mic?
Book tickets @ https://www.trybooking.com/OOQL
As part of our Spoken Word Night School series presented by Melbourne Spoken Word.
In February, we bring you Komninos Zervos, where he will take participants through a 3-hour writing-based workshop, getting you back to basics, letting the words stand on their own and using language economically. He will also guide you in how this may be used to teach poetry in schools and community groups, as he did for ten years before teaching poetry at uni.
Komninos Zervos was born in 1950 in Melbourne. He has been writing poetry on a professional basis since 1985, taking his poetry to schools, community groups, hotels, music venues, prisons, coffee lounges, universities, radio, television, and now the internet. (http://www.komninos.com.au) He has published two collections of poetry with the University of Queensland Press (Komninos, 1991, and Komninos by the Kupful, 1995); a collection of poetry for children illustrated by Peter Viska and published by Oxford University Press (The Baby Rap and Other Poems, 1992); and a hardcover illustrated children’s picture book published by Harper Collins in 1991. In 1992 he received the Australian Human Rights Award for literature, and in 1993 he was awarded the Australia Council’s Ros Bower Award for outstanding achievement in community arts. In 1995 he completed a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Queensland, and authored a cd-rom of cyberpoetry for his dissertation. In 1997 he travelled to London to be writer in residence at Artec, a multimedia training and resource centre in Islington, where he authored a cd-rom, Cyberpoetry Underground. He also convened the Cyber Studies major at the School of Arts, Griffith University, Gold Coast campus, from 1999 to 2007. Komninos’s poetry is taught in schools and is on the syllabus for year 12 HSC Standard English in NSW.
Join Andy Jackson for the launch of “Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold” in Castlemaine.
The book will be launched by Terence Jaensch; host will be Ross Donlon – both esteemed local writers.
Andy Jackson is the author of “Among the Regulars” (2010) which was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize, and “the thin bridge” (2014) which won the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize. He has featured at literary events and arts festivals in Australia, India, USA and Ireland, and currently lives in Castlemaine.
Each of the poems in “Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold” is a portrait of someone with, or reputed to have had, Marfan Syndrome (which Andy also has). Many of the poems emerge out of personal interviews, while others are portraits of public figures: Abraham Lincoln, Akhenaten, Mary Queen of Scots, Edith Sitwell, Niccolo Paganini, John Tavener, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Robert Johnson, among others.
Marfan troubles the boundaries between ‘disability’ and ‘extraordinary ability’, and illustrates the complex relationship between the individual body and the social world. These poems recognise the complexities of difference, bringing each person’s distinct voice into visceral and moving poetic forms.
“’Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold’ is a book of masks, thudding hearts, lovers, doctors, bodies and their question marks; speaking beyond places where ‘the only human forms/ are all the same’, Andy Jackson’s angular ventriloquisms are canny, fearless inventions.” – Dan Disney
“… astonishingly good.” – Christos Tsiolkas, The Age
“…a rare and important collection of poems… as generous as they are compelling.” – Pam Brown
“…Beauty, imagination, understanding, empathy, recognition – this book is a perfect example of what poetry can do and what poetry is…” – H
Tim Evans performs ‘Poem, Interrupted’ at The 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, where he was awarded an honourable mention.
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Tim Evans is still recovering from being English and can be found performing his poems at gigs and slams all over Melbourne and beyond. His hobbies are anxiety, depression and jokes and he often does them all at the same time. He’s been published on Audacious Vol. 4, has featured at The Dan O’Connell, Owl & Cat Readings, Poetry at Tago Mago and Poet’s Corner and was a Slamalongdingdong 2017 finalist. Several people have said nice things about his poetry but have refused to go on the record. He likes using self-deprecation but he isn’t very good at it.
Chalise van Wyngaardt performing ‘Truth’ at The 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. Chalise was awarded an Honourable Mention.
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Chalise van Wyngaardt is a poet, theatre-maker and performance artist who believes truth is found outside the comfort zone. Having performed across Melbourne through numerous events and festivals including White Night, Seven Sisters and The Village fest, Chalise is renowned for her provocative and experimental performance styles that challenge the genre of spoken word at a core level. Chalise’s debut poetry collection Author and Melody is now available online through Melbournespokenword.com, and select bookstores across Melbourne