Thursday, February 25 @ 7:30pm
744 High St Thornbury
Has an Open Mic?
After a while between gigs, Steve Smart hosts another gig at Tago Mago, featuring Gold Gull and Loren Steinberg plus ‘This Sickness’ a poetry show with strange and disturbing music, written and performed by Carmen Main and Steve Smart.
Over the past 16-17 years Steve Smart has performed all over the world, run workshops, gigs, festivals (RIP Overload Poetry Festival) and been sporadically published. He has released six poetry CDs, various self-published chapbooks and has a massive web presence. His hair is no longer categorised as brown, it is now officially ‘salt and pepper’. As a poet Steve has been described as ‘Melbourne’s rockstar of performance poetry’ – (Perth Poetry Club), “wildly funny to deeply moving’ (Simon Leo Brown – abc.net.au) and ‘a raw, seething, hardcore poet who makes the rest of us look spineless’ (Amanda Anastasi – melbournespokenword.com). He lives in Footscray and is the current President of Melbourne Poets Union.
Best described as crepuscular, not-for-profit employee by day and occasional spoken word smith by eve, Carmen (from Melbourne’s inner North) takes slices of the everyday, distills them, ferments them, then presents her findings. Carmen had taken a break from performing (featured at The Dan, Passionate Tongues, Spinning Room, and Overload Poetry Festival Showcases in 2008/09). She is keen to return with some new work- focusing on love, it’s loss and it’s loose associations. “Carmen Main returns to Melbourne’s grassroots poetry scene after an absence of a few years (the great thing about our scene is that we can actually disappear for a while and come back to find everything as lively as ever). In Carmen’s case, her poetic insights, internal emotional explorations and subtly sharp tongue have returned with greater concentration and compelling urgency,” Santo Cazzati (MC, House of Bricks; Presenter, 3CR Spoken Word)
Battle it out for the title of Victorian Slam Poet Champion.
The search is on for Australia’s 2017 poetry slam champion.
Speak, scream, howl, whisper or even sing your poems, stories, lyrics or monologues in this electric live event where the audience is the judge!
Two finalists from each slam heat will compete in their state final, and the winner and runner-up from each state will compete at the national final in Sydney.
The national champion wins an international writers festival tour prize pack worth up to $11,000!
Hosted by Michelle Dabrowski, performance poet and slam champion.
Julia Prendergast performing ‘A Dedicated Poem’ at the Slamalamadingdong Anything Goes Slam on June 22, 2017.
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Julia Prendergast is a New Zealand born poet, raised around small country towns in Australia. After first discovering a poetry slam in 2012 she has only recently started to share her work. Although primarily being a fine artist, she cannot deny her hand from pen, paper, words, and eventually a stage. Her poetry is a form of expression and consolidation around topics which she finds necessary to create a conversation around. Through lived experiences with mental health, many of her poems invites you into the un-comfort that is the therapy room she wish she had. Julia believes that if you have a platform to stand on, use it to create change and to start a debate with everyone you may or may never meet.
Danny Hutley performs ‘Thunderstorm Asthma’ at Melbourne Spoken Word’s Fresh Voices on May 9, 2017.
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Danny Hutley is from Essex in the UK, and has been a regular on Melbourne’s open mics for the last two years. His poetry explores distance, fragmenting relationships and dance-floors. He came second place in the June Shenfield poetry award and was highly commended in the John Shaw Nielson poetry award. He is currently working on a collection of short stories.