Sunday, April 26 @ 2:00pm
The Dancing Dog Cafe
42A Albert Street Footscray
Has an Open Mic?
A Melbourne poetry event that’s been running for over a decade – West Word poetry holds regular events at the Dancing Dog Cafe to host various poets from around the country.
Along with a different feature poet at each session, there is an open stage section, which is open to anyone of any style: emerging, established, multilingual, slam, lyrical, experimental… (within a 5 minute time limit.) Just show at the venue, put your name on the list, and read to a receptive encouraging audience.
Gemma White’s first book of poetry, ‘Furniture is Disappearing’ (Interactive Press), was awarded ‘Best First Book’ in IP’s Rolling Picks Awards for 2014. Gemma has also been published in The Age, Award Winning Australian Writing 2011 and Best Australian Poems 2013, among other places. Gemma was involved in various poetry media projects such as RMIT’s PROD in 2009, in which one of her poems ‘The Mariner’s Lover’ was turned into the song ‘Ancient Love’ by singer/songwriter Gossling. Excerpts from her poem ‘Love Song for London’ were featured in Mash, a collaborative poetry initiative by the 9th Annual Overload Poetry Festival. And she also edited Sacred-Profane, a journal of contemporary free verse poetry by Australian and international poets.
Write Your Way Forward is a monthly Creative Writing workshop series facilitated by award-winning poet Cameron Semmens
Would you like to: – discover your voice as a writer? – find the right words to express your feelings? – get the literary skills to not just express, but also – impress?
Then this for you!
“Let me help you tap into the deep well of inspiration you have within, and find those words and stories you need to share!” – Cam
1pm – 5pm with a good half-hour afternoon tea break in the middle.
You could bring something to share and have a cup of tea or coffee at the venue.
To bring: Bring whatever you are comfortable writing in – notebook, pad, tablet or laptop. And some snacks for yourself, or to share if you’d like to.
If you can’t make a certain session: This workshop is part of a workshop series running monthly through until October IN TWO VENUES on different weeks. So, the good news is: they are all independent sessions (so come to whichever you can make it to); also: if, over the months, you can’t make your local chosen session, you can consider coming to the other venue – as the session will be essentially the same.
The Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam Champion, wāni, performing ‘Lessons Learnt’ at the Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam, May 25, 2017.
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wāni is a Congolese born, NZ raised and Melbourne based poet with a flare for spoken word. He uses his artistic abilities to serve as a platform in his commitment to the flourishing of life, telling of the untold, as well as the collective empowerment of those peoples too often marginalized and not often enough celebrated.
Alal Broughton performing ‘Tough, girls’ on the open mic at Melbourne Spoken Word’s Fresh Voices on May 9, 2017.
Alal Broughton is as lost as she wants to be. Australian born with Ugandan and white Australian heritage, for Alal every day is an opportunity for discovery and transformation. Alal’s world surrounds itself in creativity. The art of storytelling was bestowed to her around open campfires and full dinner tables by her parents and aunties. These days, whether traveling up and down the East coast of Australia in search of identity, dreaming of her mother’s Ancestry, or creating poetry, stories and music in Melbourne, Alal tackles these pilgrimages of life with journal and pen in hand and thick lips poised to tell all. Every day brings us new opportunity to construct our own realities and to share stories through words, songs and artifacts. Alal strives to capture such moments in the lives around her in an attempt to understand herself.