Wednesday, March 28 @ 6:30pm
63 Johnston Street Fitzroy
Has an Open Mic?
Featuring Sandy Jeffs and Gay Miller and MC’d by Maurice McNamara with an open mic. $100 prize for the funniest poet!
Sandy Jeffs has published 7 volumes of poetry and a memoir Flying with Paper Wings: Reflections on Living with Madness, published in 2010. Much of her writing has been about living with schizophrenia. Sandy’s latest poetry collections are: Chiaroscuro with Black Pepper Publishing and The Mad Poet’s Tea Party with Spinifex Press.
Gay was brought up in Reservoir. At 15 she went to Business College after which she had a career as a Secretary for about 35 years before applying to Uni to be a mature aged student, where she completed a double degree in Arts/Law (doing Honours in Law). After attending Leo Cussens, Gay worked for over 10 years as a part time voluntary solicitor at Fitzroy Legal Service. Gay came late in life to poetry, having her first book published in 2013. Gay is a singer and composer of songs. She has published two poetry books The Secret Smile and Just Walk With Me. She is married with two grown up children and seven grandchildren.
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Wheelchair Accessible / All Ages
A night for the poetic sweepings of the inner north to degenerate into sleaze, vitriol, and confusion. And rise into revelation, liberating confession and poetic wisps of the sublime. A feast of clashing waters. All in a cozy artsy pup. No features, no list, no limits. Just put your hand up and come on up. Is your piece not really ready? It is for this gig.
Winner of September’s slam, Zuleyha Gurdag, performs ‘Woman’ at Slamalamadingdong on September 26, 2018 at The Melba Spiegeltent.
Zuleyha is a Melbourne born and raised poet who takes pride in her Turkish heritage and Australian nationality. Her passion and goal is to raise awareness of intersectionality and empower Muslim youth, particularly women, from the stereotypes and stigmas that surround them. For the long term run, she hopes to become a gynaecologist to advocate female independence and power in disadvantaged communities to change the gender roles accustomed to the people in her community and inspire women to reclaim their rights and increase their knowledge. In her spare time, she enjoys writing poetry, spending time with her cat and educating herself on interfaith dialogue and her Turkish history.
Tariro Mavondo performs ‘Black Boy’ at the closing night of the Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival at Howler Melbourne on June 3, 2018.
Tariro is a Melbourne/Naarm based artist who uses multiple disciplines to connect through creativity. Tariro writes and performs poetry as well as facilitates workshops around Australia. She sees art as a conversation, a dialogue and her practice focuses on creativity as a facilitator of change. She also works as an actor on the Australian stage (MTC, STC, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Red Stitch) and screen (Neighbours, Winners and Losers), has been an actor in the internationally acclaimed, awarding winning web series Shakespeare Republic and has done voice overs for La Trobe, AFLW and Thomas The Tank Engine (UK).