Wednesday, May 20 @ 7:30pm
63 Johnston Street Fitzroy
Has an Open Mic?
To perform contact Hares & Hyenas at [email protected] We still have some places left for the first slam of the year.
The Hare Hole WordSLAM?! is a little bit different. Not just open to poets, we encourage all writers to get up and show us what they’ve got.
It’s a competition.
Six writers perform in three rounds, competing for top place and a chance to enter the GrandFINAL?!. In the first round writers perform for up to 3 minutes, in round two they have up to 4 minutes. After each round the audience votes to choose the top 3 performers who go on to a final battle of up to six minutes each.
First prize is a cash prize plus entry into the GrandFINAL?! to be held in November 2015.
It’s queer but not just queer.
Performances are often intimate and bold. Writers lay open their hearts with stories of love, life, the joy of bicycling, being trans, bringing up kids, sex, internalised homophobia, books they read as a kid, growing up in Japan, abortions, racism, the wonders of dating librarians, even cannibalism.
You won’t believe it ‘til you see it.
The WordSLAM?! is on the third Wednesday of the month with a GrandFINAL?! planned for November. Tickets on the door.
Every second Wednesday, behind the bookshelf in Sooki Lounge’s secret downstairs ‘nook’, you will find a collection of Belgrave’s local creatives opening their chests and sharing their heart with one another.
An incredibly supportive environment where each poet is greeted with genuine applause.
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
You could decide to write a book, go on tour, win a slam, or run a gig. All awesome things to make resolutions for and some of you probably will. But there are a few forgotten resolutions that spoken wordsters can make to make their 2018 in spoken word extra special for everyone.
Stop apologising If you need to explain a bit about your poem, do some preamble before reading it on the open mic, do so, but do so quickly, but make it your resolution this year to not apologise or sell your work short before you show us the poem. Don’t apologise for not having memorised it, don’t apologise for first drafts, or if you think people won’t get it. You sell yourself short before anyone’s given a chance to realise how dope your writing is. Own the space. It’s your turn on stage. You deserve it just as much as anyone else.
Tell a poet you liked their work Someone’s just poured their heart on stage, they’ve probably said a line that your ear twinkles because it gives you chills but you’ve never heard anyone say anything in that way before. You might whisper to your mate, “holy shit, that was good,” or join the chorus of applause but go and tell the poet who read the poem, especially if they’re new or you’ve never seen them before. You don’t know but your words could be something they really needed to hear.
Go to a gig you’ve never been to before With thirty-five or so regular gigs in Melbourne, you’re bound to have not gotten to them all. That gig you’ve seen advertised but none of your friends go to so you think you won’t know anyone…go to that one. Bring your friends. If it’s on the other side of town, get a carpool together and go check it out. Check out that gig where you don’t know who the feature is. Read the poem you’ve read a million times already to a new audience. If you say you don’t write slam poetry, enter a slam.