Friday, December 2 @ 7:00pm
75 on Reid
75 Reid St Fitzroy North
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Wildcard and entry into the prize is now strictly closed. We encourage people to get active in the spoken word scene next year to get shortlisted for The 2017 Prize.
Join Melbourne Spoken Word and the greater poetry and spoken word community to celebrate our art form in this city with the second annual Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
Hosted by Anthony O’Sullivan.
Some of Melbourne’s finest poets will be on show with thirty poets this year on the night, shortlisted by gig conveners around Melbourne, with wildcard spots.
With a pretty trophy for both the overall winner and a people’s choice award, $1000 on offer for the overall winner and $200 for the people’s choice winner, and a stack of other professional development opportunities and gigs. Five judges from the spoken word scene will select the best performance on the night based on a combination of writing and performance.
The five judges are Michael Reynolds (Passionate Tongues), Libby Charlton (Dan Poets), Michelle Dabrowski (Slamalamadingdong), Amanda Anastasi (La Mama Poetica) and Ebony MonCrief (Voices in the Attic.)
For more info on the prize format, see our announcement a few months back.
The shortlist has been announced, the wildcards drawn and the order finalised. The thirty poets competing for the prize are:
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.