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.
With the world in a pretty unprecedented situation, as people already know, and although it’s by far not the most important issue right now, it’s had a pretty devastating effect on the arts, including the spoken word community.
Obviously, us coming together as a community at events in person are a crucial part of spoken word, and one the main reasons MSW exists is to support those community events. For us, it’s not just about the art form or individual artists, but how the art form brings people together, whether you’ve been doing this as a career for ages or whether you’ve turned up to an open mic for the very first time.
It’s been a learning experience and a bit of brightness amongst the darkness to watch how people have responded to self-isolation and lockdown measures by finding ways to use online platforms to continue to host open mics and other events. Alongside us starting to live stream events, we’ve been watching the rest of our community and the different ways events have gone online.
Spoken word, storytelling, poetry and writing still remain a way we can express ourselves and try to make sense of the world we live in and for us to come together as a community and for people’s voices to be heard. This remains critical in a time of self-isolation.
With most expert opinions predicting that this situation is likely to continue for months, not just weeks, the likelihood of us being able to hold in person events with an audience in July or August is pretty unlikely, and so Melbourne Spoken Word has made a decision to not hold The Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival in 2020.
Instead, we’re announcing The Melbourne Spoken Word Festival Online for 2020, with a new expressions of interest period now open for organisations and producers to propose events to be held on online as part of our program this year. We’re excited to see what spoken word
Morgaine van Wingerden, honourable mention at The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize performs ‘The Waitlist’ at Collingwood Town Hall. The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize was supported by Yarra Libraries.
Morgaine is a Melbourne based poet and artist who shares stories exploring family, mental health, relationships and womanhood. She has featured at numerous events across Melbourne and Sydney, and has performed at the Bowery Poetry House and Nuyorican in New York. She has been a member of Slamalamadingdong’s Team Slama the last two years in a row and was awarded an honourable mention in the 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
Miss Yankey performs ‘The Rose That Never Grew’ at Slamalamadingdong in March, 2019.
Miss Yankey is a British/Ghanaian Spoken Word artist; Founder of Poetry Prescribed; FLO Poet; Co-host and Resident Poet at The Chocolate Poetry Club; Open Mic Host at Mind Over Matter; and milli-tasking mother of twins. A passionate advocate of mental health and domestic violence awareness, she often writes poetry on these topics in a bid to takle the stigma attached to them.