Wednesday, May 17 @ 7:30pm
The Night Heron
228 Nicholson Street,
Has an Open Mic?
Poetry is starting up at The Night Heron in Footscray
The first event has two amazing features;
Kylie Supski, winner of the 2016 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. To see her winning poem; http://melbournespokenword.com/kylie-supski-graffiti-walls-the-2016-melbourne-spoken-word-prize/
Maurice McNamara, who has published his work in Cordite among other places and has a book: “Half Hour Country” to see Maurice in action; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvUOvmj5n9U
In addition to the very exciting features, there will be a very exciting open mic. The theme for the evening is Who We Are. For anyone wanting to be on the open mic, there’s a bit of a challenge. Each reader is very emphatically encouraged to read both their own work and poetry by somebody else.*
There will be stacks of poetry by all sorts of poets available on the night, so if you don’t have your favourite poet handy, or don’t have a favourite poet, you could find them here. It’s also possible to recite a favourite work and leave it at that if that is what you want.
The best reader will get a prize in the form of a book of poetry.
Multilingual readers are welcome.
The will be other surprises and prizes on the night, so come along to check it out.
The Night Heron also has some of the nicest beer ever and very friendly bar staff.
Entry is free, but donations are awesome.
*(If your chosen poem(s) is 3 pages or more, please have a chat with me before you get started so I can make sure you will have enough time.)
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.
Going Down Swinging brings you a night of readings and performances from Fury, Soreti Kadir and Andy Jackson, MC’d by past editor Geoff Lemon. The evening celebrates Going Down Swinging’s 39-year history of publishing digital, print and audio anthologies and producing special, sold-out live events.
ALL AGES / WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE
(Part of the Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival 2018 #MSWPF18. For full program of this exciting 2 week festival, go to https://mswpf.com.au)
David Stavanger performs “How to Be An Alpha Male” at The Wheeler Centre presented by The Melbourne Visiting Poets Program, with Melbourne Spoken Word, Australian Poetry, The nonfictionlab and Rabbit Poetry Journal.
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David Stavanger is a poet, writer, performer, cultural producer and former psychologist. In 2013 he won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, resulting in the release of The Special (UQP), his first full-length collection of poetry which was awarded the 2015 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. His prose-poem ‘The Electric Journal’ was a finalist of the 2016 Newcastle Poetry Prize. David is also sometimes known as pioneering Green Room-nominated ‘spoken weird’ artist Ghostboy, winning the 2005 Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup and establishing poetry slam and spoken word in QLD via his active work with the Australian Poetry Slam and Woodford Folk Festival. David was the Co-Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival from 2015-2017, a period known for its inclusive programming and stronger focus on CALD and first nation voices.
Eleanor Jackson and her infant daughter graciously hosted me for this interview. Over tea and cake, we had a wide-ranging conversation about spoken word and its revolutionary potential.
One of the things I love about poetry is that it is deeply transgressive, precisely because of its anti-capitalist tilt. We live in a system that assigns a utility to every person and their time. To do something that is a ‘waste of time’ and makes no money — it is a revolutionary act.
I was listening to your performance of “Shave and a Haircut” at Slamalamadingdong. I was struck by the musicality, how it evoked the sounds and rhythms of jazz. I wanted to ask about musical influences. Is that a conscious thing for you?
Yes, spoken word and poetry is about musical language. There is so much resonance between the way that musicians and poets use language: for its rhythm, tonality and song. My earliest musical loves were discovered scrounging through my dad’s vinyl collection of 70s classics, including all of Joni Mitchell’s work. She is an incredible lyricist, a beautiful painter and writer, a phenomenally talented musician. Her sense of story and lyric form is just exquisite. I loved the standard folk troubadours like Bob Dylan or Elton John. The 70’s rock-folk classics almost seem daggy in their sincerity, but I think they are still really beautiful. They continue to influence me at some level, although I don’t use end rhymes the way that musicians seek to use them in their songs.
The other striking feature of your work is pacing, your modulation of both pace and emotion.
If there’s one thing I miss in Australian spoken word, it is space and silence. Pace is about finding the beauty that happens in the pause. The pause allows for contemplation and absorption, allows for the time and space to sit with a thought, to then decide if the words truly resonate. Poet and spoken word artist Anthony O’Sullivan said he thought m