Wednesday, September 7 @ 7:30pm
204 High Street,
Has an Open Mic?
Girls on Key is a monthly poetry and music gig offering a platform for female-identifying performers. All genders welcome on the open section.
Girls on Key was established to provide opportunities for women performers and to raise funds for arts and refugee charities. Delicious crepes and mulled wine! Can’t go wrong.
Genevieve is a New Zealand based poet, actor and film maker. She is well known in New Zealand for her poetry in performance and her work appears in journals, such as Landfall and Broadsheet. She holds qualifications from Auckland University and the New Zealand Drama School in literature, theatre, performance and education. Genevieve sporadically produces and directs local theatre productions. This year she has brought together a Butoh influenced Poetry Ensemble work called Flock for the New Zealand National Poetry Day.
Christine arrived in Sydney from Christchurch New Zealand in 1980; moved to Melbourne in 1985 and never left. Active in the fringe arts community in Sydney and Melbourne during the 80s and early 90’s Christine was published in NEOS, P76 and (as XTINE) in the Angry Women Anthology of Australian Women writers. She played in bands, wrote songs and was involved in community radio. Then got lost in the fog of sole parenting and working in public health. A life-threatening illness inspired her re-emergence as a poet and spoken word practitioner in 2013. She was a finalist in the Radio National 2013 Australian Poetry Slam heat, and has appeared in Melbourne Spoken Word’s Zine, Audacious Vol 1, Poetry and Place Anthology, Dirty Thirty 2015 Anthology and Offset15 Anthology. She writes about life, death, family, memory, social in/justice and the perpetual puzzle of existence. Her work is often challenging and her performance galvanising.
The Dan is Melbourne’s longest running weekly poetry venue is now in its 25th 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.
This venue is not wheelchair accessible.
Thabani Tshuma, winner of The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, as well as The People’s Choice Award and The Convener’s Choice Award, performs his winning poem, ‘No Strings’ at Collingwood Town Hall.
The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize was supported by Yarra Libraries.
Thabani Tsuma is Zimbabwean born and raised, living abroad for the greater part of the last decade. His work is influenced by the myriad identity challenges of the diaspora, expatriates and immigrants, while also addressing awareness around addiction, mental health and generational trauma. He is currently in his final year of studying journalism, a 2019 Hotdesk fellowship recipient with the Wheeler centre, Featured author with Djed Press, Slamalamadingdong’s 2019 Grand Slam champion, a member of the National poetry slam’s winning team and ranked among the top 50 slam poets worldwide at IWPS 2019. Writing is the aperture through which he views the world and experiences self in relation to others.
In its 5th year, the Arts Queensland XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word is Australia’s only national arts award that recognises the growing field of spoken word and is named after the former 2010 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, Emily XYZ, who left a deep impression on many of today’s Queensland spoken word artists. It is open to applicants Australia-wide.
This year, the winner of The 2019 XYZ Prize is Fable Goldsmith and the highest placed QLD entry is Rae White.
Home – Fable Goldsmith
I kiss her first.I wait I hold my breath, in this moment reciprocation means everythingI do not know if I can take another breath without it.I draw breath as she kisses me back I take her in, Holding on to each breathAs If I have only ever breathedunderwater,
How light she feels,How she fills the empty spaceinside my chest,How she navigates her way into my veins,turns question to meaning, meaning to answer.I surrender.my body to hersnaked and honest, tremblingThis is the first time I am not afraid. The first time another body has become a safe space.
We find each other in the dark,as our hands reachwe find ourselves in each othernavigating new worlds under bed sheets.
She tells memy body is a poemshe will never get tired of readinga trailshe will never tire of taking She tells me homeis where we both stand.
Years pass, Every time I touch her feels like the first time, I still catch my breath from her kissesHer skin is always new
Years pass, I kiss her firstShe stallsHolds her breath,hands trembling as if holding a trigger she just can’t bring herself to pull
BangHer honesty becomes a rain of bulletsand I the only target
She tells me her heart is needy,never full
she tells meher hands are travellers,that have wandered from my touch.
She tells me her mouth is hungr