Tuesday, August 23 @ 6:30pm
397 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne
Has an Open Mic?
Sign up at 6.30pm. The first 15 poets signed up will be automatically entered, if there are more than 20 signed up, the remain 5 slots will drawn from a hat.
For the first time ever, Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to host a heat of the Australian Poetry Slam.
Alongside six other heats in Victoria, the winner and runner-up will qualify to go to the Victorian Final of the 2016 Australian Poetry Slam at the State Library of Victoria on September 2, and the winner and runner-up of that will go to Opera House for the National Final.
For the other heats in Victoria, see http://www.australianpoetryslam.com/vic/
Heat sign-up is at 6.30pm sharp. Heat starts at 7pm sharp.
APS rules are 2 minutes, must be your original work, no props, no costumes and judges are randomly selected from the audience: http://www.australianpoetryslam.com/rules/
The Australian Poetry Slam is an initiative of Word Travels and the Victorian Heats and Final are supported by the State Library of Victoria.
POSTY Poetry & Spoken Word Special Delivery is a new fortnightly open mic event hosted by Hamish Danks Brown a.k.a. Danksta Downunder. All welcome to distribute and sort their poetry on stage and to deliver it in any language. The Post is well located on the corner of Brighton Road and Inkerman Street. If you’re coming from North of the Yarra catch the number 3 or 67 trams from Swanston Street and get out at Stop 34 right outside the pub. It’s a very warm and welcoming venue with good food and drinks.
Thabani Tshuma performing ‘Newton’s Apple,’ which received an honourable mention at The 2018 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
Thabani Tshuma was born and raised in Zimbabwe but has been globe-hopping for the greater part of the last decade and as such, considers himself somewhat of a cultural nomad. Whilst writing for as long as he can remember, he’s only actively engaged in the Melbourne Spoken word scene this past year. Thabani’s poetry is an aperture through which he views his world and the way he interacts in relation to others. Thabani studies journalism with the aspiration of immortalizing himself by leaving a dent in the literary world.
Rhiann Isaacs performing ‘Black on Both Sides,’ which received an honourable mention at The 2018 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
Rhiann Isaacs is an outspoken Afro-Guyanese poet that has nurtured a love for words and storytelling from a young age. Rhiann’s pieces are explorative narratives that mainly centre around identity, Pan-African issues and mental health. As a rising artist, she brings energy and passion to the stage as she treats each poem as living art pieces that deserve to take up space. Expect transparency and straight forward expression from beginning to end.