Tuesday, June 27 @ 6:00pm
33 Saxon Street,
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Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to host this workshop on reviewing with Bonny Cassidy, with the idea to help arm people with the skills to more critically review spoken word.
6pm for a 6.30pm start. 2 hour workshop.
Are you interested in developing skills as a reviewer? Whether you are passionate about the written or the spoken word, this 2-hour workshop will help you to handle the critical review as a valuable part of our literary and performance culture. Through examples, discussion and tips, we will: define the genre; discuss how to begin a review; explore what it should contain; and learn how to find an angle and a voice. Participants are requested to bring a review they have recently read, or a draft of their own if applicable.
Bonny Cassidy is author of three poetry collections, and her critical essays and reviews have been widely published in Australia and internationally. She is currently Feature Reviews Editor for Cordite Poetry Review, and was founding Essays Editor for Rabbit: A Journal for Nonfiction Poetry. Bonny co-edited the anthology, Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry and manages the BA Creative Writing at RMIT University.
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