Friday, December 7 @ 7:00pm
Northcote Town Hall
189 High Street, Northcote
Has an Open Mic?
The 2018 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize is the fourth annual episode of one of Melbourne’s premier events for spoken word. Taking place this year at Northcote Town Hall.
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The non-compulsory theme for the last event of the year is ‘eroding confidence’. The night features a preview of writing from the Weathering the Future ekphrastic art exhibition, as well as the usual open mic slots.
Words Out Loud is a reading, poetry and open mic night held at The Printers Room. Ballarat Writers is pleased to co-organise this event and encourages members to come along for an evening of fine words and finer company. There is an open mic for people who wish to read their own work, or perhaps a piece by a favourite author. Poetry, prose and all forms of spoken word are most welcome. Bar snacks are available and the sound system is of a very high standard. The event is free, but a gold coin donation is appreciated (so much so, there’s a door prize for donors!)
Cafe Philosophique De La Mort will utilise poetry and music to prompt safe and engaging conversation around death and dying. We will seek to better understand its process, overcome our fears, consider our rituals and discuss whether we need others. We will look into grief and how we can support those experiencing loss and we will evaluate the ways our communities support the ageing process.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE / ALL AGES
Thursday Nov 1, 7.30pm Death and Dying Spoken Word: Fleassy Malay | Gabriela Georges | Sean M Whelan | Penelope Bartlau Music: Kate Lucas
Thursday Nov 8, 7.30pm Ritual and Remembering Spoken Word: John Englezos | Andy Jackson | Quinn Eades | Tariro Mavondo Music: Nhatty Man, Daniel Seifu and Solomon Sisay perform Tizita: Ethiopian songs of nostalgia
Thursday Nov 15, 7.30pm Condolences Spoken Word: Christine Burrows | Sermsah Bin Saad | Amal Ibrahim | Sharifa Tartoussi Music: Kora maestro Amadou Suso
Thursday Nov 22, 7.30pm Grief Spoken Word: Declan Furber Gillick | Magan Magan | Trixie Rose | Izzy Roberts-Orr Music: Leah Avene
Thursday Nov 29, 7.30pm Aging and Mortality Spoken Word: Farah Beaini | Enza Gandolfo | May Jasper | Freda Tsiloglou Music: Eddie Ink
The Dan is Melbourne’s longest running weekly poetry venue is now in its 24th year. Every Saturday between 2pm-5pm, The Dan O’Connell Hotel becomes, The Home of Poets. The Dan is a community of poets, who support each other’s work, and endeavour to improve their poetry. Some of the poets that perform at The Dan have been writing poetry for decades, but many, are just starting their poetry journey.
The Dan is also, for people that love to see poets performing their poems. Our poetry audience can listen, and watch the open mic, with a drink and a meal in front of them, you will hear words from around the corner, and around the world. It’s free entry, and everyone is welcome on the open mic.
Give yourself the gift of a living performance, come and experience Poetry @ The Dan O’Connell. Put your name on the blackboard and be part of the open mic. Co-ordinated and MC’d by the Dan Poet’s Collective, Libby, Steve, Anne, Norman and Tim.
Winner of September’s slam, Zuleyha Gurdag, performs ‘Woman’ at Slamalamadingdong on September 26, 2018 at The Melba Spiegeltent.
Zuleyha is a Melbourne born and raised poet who takes pride in her Turkish heritage and Australian nationality. Her passion and goal is to raise awareness of intersectionality and empower Muslim youth, particularly women, from the stereotypes and stigmas that surround them. For the long term run, she hopes to become a gynaecologist to advocate female independence and power in disadvantaged communities to change the gender roles accustomed to the people in her community and inspire women to reclaim their rights and increase their knowledge. In her spare time, she enjoys writing poetry, spending time with her cat and educating herself on interfaith dialogue and her Turkish history.
Tariro Mavondo performs ‘Black Boy’ at the closing night of the Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival at Howler Melbourne on June 3, 2018.
Tariro is a Melbourne/Naarm based artist who uses multiple disciplines to connect through creativity. Tariro writes and performs poetry as well as facilitates workshops around Australia. She sees art as a conversation, a dialogue and her practice focuses on creativity as a facilitator of change. She also works as an actor on the Australian stage (MTC, STC, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Red Stitch) and screen (Neighbours, Winners and Losers), has been an actor in the internationally acclaimed, awarding winning web series Shakespeare Republic and has done voice overs for La Trobe, AFLW and Thomas The Tank Engine (UK).
Peter Bakowski performs a few short poems and an aphoristic one at the opening night of The Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival at The Toff In Town on May 17, 2018.
Peter Bakowski has been writing poems for 35 years, has received the Victorian Premiers Award for Poetry and writer’s residencies in Rome, Paris, Macau, Suzhou and throughout Australia. His poems continue to appear in literary journals worldwide. Peter writes clear accessible poetry. No matter how many books he writes in his lifetime they’ll all be about what it’s like to be a human being.
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