Tuesday, July 18 @ 6:00pm
33 Saxon Street,
Has an Open Mic?
Book tickets @ https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=296757
Melbourne Spoken Word presents the next in our series of workshops, this month with Amanda Anastasi on preparing a poetry book manuscript.
So, you want to put together a poetry book. There is much to consider before you ask the question: Should I self-publish or submit to a publisher? This workshop will focus on the questions that you should be asking first. Which poems should be included? How should they be ordered for best effect? Should there be an overarching theme? When does a poem written for performance sit well on the page, and when should the poem make its home exclusively on the stage or in an audio publication? When do I know my book is publication ready? Amanda Anastasi will explore these questions with you, and help you create a vision and a plan for your poetry manuscript.
Amanda Anastasi has had her poetry published as locally as the walls of Artists’ Lane in Prahran, and as far as the Massachusetts Review. She is the convener of La Mama Poetica and a two-time winner of the Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize. Her debut self-published collection, 2012 and other poems, was listed in Ali Alizadeh’s Top Ten Poetic Works of 2012 in Overland. Last year, she co-authored a chapbook with Robbie Coburn, The Silences (Eaglemont Press). She also co-wrote and featured in the spoken word shows Loop City and I Am That Woman.
Temporary Adults are the sort of people who set alarms to remind themselves to sleep. It may take all three to make one functional adult, but Temporary Adults have been trying really hard at… life. Art they can do, being functional human beings is another matter. Spoken word meets music meets performance.
Sometimes the words respond to the music and sometimes the music is tailored to the words, sometimes strange characters wander out of someone’s writing and take the whole thing over. This is what happens when crazy poets share a house.
George O’Hara is a ukulele playing poet pirate ninja electro grunge rock star who fixes everyone’s computers. Loran Steinberg, is trying to find a place between brutal honesty and total nonsense to write from. Steve Smart is a lanky grey haired poet cliche who has often described himself as ‘a Melbourne cartoon character’ and isn’t really joking.
Temporary Adults: Live in the Shed opens on November 15th and runs for five nights. Bookings recommended as seats are limited.
Ashleigh Russell performs “If I Had…” at Slamalamadingdong, on September 24, 2017.
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Ashleigh hit poetic puberty late. She started out to boost her confidence but still freaks out at every performance. Ashleigh’s poetry explores politics, mental health and self-affirmation. Ashleigh is raw and deeply honest in her poetry and like in life, will always tell it like it is. Her style is comedic to a point, because if she doesn’t laugh, she’ll cry. Ashleigh takes inspiration from no one and everyone at the same time. Ashleigh likes to binge on Netflix and smash the patriarchy in her spare time.
Jennifer Compton reads ‘The Narrative Arc of Christchurch’ at Melbourne Spoken Word presents Bill Moran at The Provincial Hotel on September 1, 2017.
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Jennifer Compton lives in Carrum out on the Frankston line. She is a poet and playwright who also writes prose. When it comes to the poetry side of things she likes to have it every which way possible. She very much likes winning the Newcastle Poetry Prize and being given the big cheque. And she also very much likes the hurly burly of the open mic. She has been known to slam, but very, very gently. A new book of poetry (The View From Below) is a third of the way there, and a stage play (The Goose In The Bottle) is being intermittently recalcitrant. As for the novel, well best not spoken of.