Sunday, February 17 @ 7:00pm
7-11 Dawson St Brunswick
$15/12 (or $20/15 on the door)
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Tickets on sale: https://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/…
Featuring Cas Lee, Christine Burrows, Adelin Zipman, Santo Cazzati, Sumudu Samarawickrama, Kevin Brophy, Declan Furber-Gillick, Tariro Mavondo, Eleanor Jackson and Natalie Jeffreys
Melbourne Spoken Word kicks off the year, bringing you a buffet of Melbourne poets to feed you and revive you for the year to come, to help us help you keep the spoken word and poetry community growing.
All proceeds from the event will go towards Melbourne Spoken Word and our projects for 2019 including promoting and supporting grassroots spoken word around Melbourne and the 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival in July.
Members of the Melbourne Spoken Word crew will perform a piece and introducing their poetic heroes alongside other special guests.
Benjamin Solah introducing Santo Cazzati
Amanda Anastasi introducing Kevin Brophy
Brendan Bonsack introducing Christine Burrows
Waffle Irongirl introduces Eleanor Jackson
Rowan White introduces Adelin Zipman
Lady Longdrop introduces Declan Furber Gillick
Gem Mahadeo introduces Sumudu Samarawickrama
plus Tariro Mavondo, and MSW Prize winner Natalie Jeffreys and Slama Gender Outlaw Champ Cas Lee
Photo by Di Cousens.
Words Out Loud is an open-mic night of reading, poetry and storytelling held on the third Thursday of each month at The Printers Room, Ballarat. People are welcome to read their own work, or perhaps a piece by a favourite author, to a maximum of five minutes. Monthly themes are non-compulsory. A dinner special and full cafe menu and bar are available all night. The event is free, but a gold coin donation is appreciated. Doors open from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Perhaps it’s slight self-interest or perhaps it’s obvious but the opportunity for anyone to sign up and get up on a stage around Melbourne and perform poetry through our city’s network of open mic poetry gigs is at the heart of our poetry scene, and the heart of our Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival.
After all, it was turning up to Passionate Tongues one wintery Monday night in 2010 that I finally felt I found a home for my words, after feeling discouraged by the submission and rejection game of literary journals, which isn’t to say that that side is worth giving up on, but that sometimes you just want to take part or be heard or start somewhere. But poetry and spoken word is unique not just in the special way it plays with language but the ways in which it brings people together and allows anyone to be heard.
It means it attracts not just people who want to be the audience but want to participate. Whether they have a particular story to tell regardless of who hears it, or if they’re trying out new work in order to refine it. The open mic features the new poets and the established, those doing it for fun or those trying to make a career out of it. You don’t need to be invited or accepted, you just need to show up.
Nowadays at Bar Oussou on Monday nights, sometimes half of the people that stick their hand up to read on stage are doing so for the first time, with host Hamish Danks Brown encouraging them by boasting of their “100% survival rate’ for first time readers. At The P Word Sessions of a Sunday afternoon, you can get established poets like Kevin Pearson coming from around the corner to share some new work and to support the featured poets on show.
You never quite know who’s going to show up, and what new work people have up their sleeve. Often poets shoot up out of nowhere, with an arsenal of poems you’ve never heard before, appearing at open mic a
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.