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.
People’s Choice winner, Trixi Rosa performs ‘Clumsy Women’ at The 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, on Friday, December 1, 2017 at The Wheeler Centre.
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Trixi Rosa is a performance poet from Punakaiki, Aotearoa (NZ). Her poetry is a vulnerable and awkward inquiry into the intersections of identity and the endless pursuit of place. She explores the enigmatic experience of being a woman, constantly summoned to undress and redress. She shares stories of struggle and survival, resilience and resistance. Stories of love and sexuality. Stories of family.
Her writing is deeply seated in her own personal experience, both lived and perceived.
The winner of The 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize is Alan Pentland with his piece, ‘Darwin’s Human Race’ performed on Friday, December 1, 2017 at The Wheeler Centre.
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Alan was a teen poet qualified as an architect and became a comedian. He ran Melbourne’s first stand up club Le Joke and was a core member of the award-winning TV comedy Fast Forward. His written work has won awards at international film festivals and in business. A radio ad sold lots of hot water systems.
In 2016 Alan returned to his roots, writing and performing spoken word in small sweaty venues. It’s become an exciting journey in words and ideas. Alan struggles however with grammar rhymes badly, and has no, idea where, to put commas.
Slamalamadingdong winner Nour Abouzeid performs ‘Talking Politics’ on November 30, 2017.
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Adelin Zipman performs ‘Scared’ at Slamalamadingdong on September 24, 2017 at The Melba Spiegeltent.
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Adelin Zipman is a 14 going on 15 Melbourne poet. Born to Russian-Jewish parents, she takes pride in her heritage and has a great passion for learning languages and different cultures. Adelin is a bright newcomer to the Melbourne poetry scene having only started in July of 2017. Since then, she has attended open mics almost every single week or as often as she can. She likes reading, linguistics, watching YouTube and cooking without a recipe.