Monday, July 24 @ 6:30pm
The Toff in Town
2 252 Swanston St
Has an Open Mic?
Book tickets: https://wheelercentre.com/events/…
Featuring Michelle Dabrowski, Kylie Supski, Roshelle Fong, Chalise van Wyngaardt and Reverse Butcher.
Poetry is at its best when it’s challenging: namely, when it’s challenging our expectations, the limits of the form, or a social boundary or taboo. And never is a challenge more keenly felt than through the voice: when performed aloud, poetry cuts deep, using words to reach wordless parts of us.
At this event – part performance, part discussion – we’ll hear from contemporary, local poets with new ideas about the possibilities of poetry. How does collaborative poetry work, in writing and in performance? Where does poetry intersect with other artforms? And how might technology enhance our experience of the artform?
See, hear and experience boundary-pushing poetry from the people who write it at a very special night at the Toff in Town.
Presented in partnership with Girls on Key and The Toff in Town.
Kylie Supski is a Polish-Australian poet and spoken word performer. Kylie’s inspiration comes from her personal experiences, all aspects of her life, and the people she is surrounded by. Kylie is greatly concerned with using art as a method of speaking out about global economic and political inequality. She encourages her audiences towards critical thinking, and to consider the weight of their own powers as citizens with specific regard to the inhumane policies backed by the Australian government controlled by less than ‘The 1%’. Kylie however, enjoys a diverse repertoire and is passionate about exploring the beauty of being alive. Kylie Supski was the winner of The Melbourne Spoken Word Prize in 2016.
Chalise van Wyngaardt
Chalise van Wyngaardt is a Spoken Word poet, writer, editor and performer with experience in everything from facilitating spoken word workshops to copywriting and editing fiction and non-fiction. Chalise’s storytelling tackles through faith, love, sexuality, culture, politics, addiction, and identity. She combines abstract mythology with historical exploration to weave together fractured connections between the human and the divine.
Are you 16-25 years old? Do you have a passion for storytelling, rap, short stories, poetry, photography, illustration etc.? Do you want to get published and create an interactive community dialogue while you’re at it?
Then come join local storyteller Sista Zai Zanda in Yarra Libraries’ new, interactive, installation-based, community storytelling project – ‘The Poetree’
Sessions will alternate between:‘Young Creative Writers Group Workshops’ (16-25 year olds)
Join Sista Zai Zanda – storyteller, educator and radio producer for The Pan Afrikan Poets Café – as she guides the group through such themes as biography and bio-mythography, creating believable characters and relatable stories, overcoming writer’s block, self-publishing/zine-making, and more. (Dates: 09.09, 23.09, 07.10, 21.10, 04.11, 18.11)‘Open writing sessions’ (Open to all ages)
The group will write quietly for 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes to share ideas, network and socialise. Writers can choose to respond to prompts set by The Poetree group or work on your project. There is no workshopping, so it doesn’t matter what you are writing or which language you are writing in! (Dates: 16.09, 30.09, 14.10, 28.10, 11.11, 25.11)
The Poetree is on display at Fitzroy Library for the duration of the project.
BYO writing materials and/or laptops. Wi-Fi and power available. Light refreshments served.
Yoram Symons performing ‘The Whale’ at Melbourne Spoken Word presents Bill Moran at The Provincial Hotel, Fitzroy on September 1, 2017.
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Yoram Symons is an engaging and unique voice on the Melbourne poetry scene, known for his enchanting storytelling technique. Yoram is a writer, poet and VR/AR producer in Melbourne. His performance work is a mixture of hypnosis and intensity, exploring the intersection of history, culture, technology and the personal experience.
Slam. Is this once agent in changing the way we produce and consume performance poetry still relevant?
For those who are not familiar with slam: Slam is a competition format in which poets are given a set time limit to perform their pieces and are then scored by a total of 5 randomly selected audience members, the scores usually range from 1-10 to the nearest 0.1 with the top and bottom scores being dropped in order to avoid bias, giving each poet a final score out of 30. The poet with the highest score at the end of the night wins. There are many variations on this basic format (which was first introduced by Marc Smith) employed by poetry competitions across the globe.
Slam boasts origins in the idea that the people should have a say in the type of content they are presented with. That is, that those who are the predominant consumers of performance poetry or spoken word; the audience should be the deciding party in the kind of work that is allowed recognition and reward. This has given rise to a style of poetry unofficially termed “slam poetry.”
Slam poetry is a term used to define the type of poetry, both in cadence and content, that is likely to score well at slams. A poet who presents poetry predominantly of this style may be called a slam poet. And while slam, by definition, is a format for competition, the world of slam poets and slam poetry is a rapidly growing one with poets who have attained worldwide recognition for their execution of this style of poetry. However, over time and particularly on our extensive and hugely varied poetry scene, the idea that the poetry presented in slam is of an inferior quality is becoming an increasingly held one.
That is to say, there is a specific school of thought which views slam through a lens that portrays the art that is presented on slam stages as simplistic, repetitive and lacking in any depth beyond the concise point that the artist is trying to make in the allotted time limit.