Wednesday, August 15 @ 6:00pm
182/186 St Georges Road,
Has an Open Mic?
Audience register @ https://eventbrite.com.au/e/…
Open mic: Sign up on the door. It's reserved for those new or newish to performing on open mics around Melbourne. 5-minute limit.
Melbourne Spoken Word, with the support of Yarra Libraries, presents Fresh Voices, a spoken word event for emerging spoken word artists and poets in Melbourne.
This August we’re featuring Mumu, Caitlin Saunders, Gerard L. Fitzgerald, and Katie Lohner. Hosted by Rowan White.
Each event features four poets that have rarely or never featured on the spoken word scene, found from watching poets rock the open mic around town and noticing who hasn’t had a chance to perform a longer, paid set before or rarely and inviting them to perform.
It also features an open section especially for new or first time poets from around the scene. If you’ve open miced elsewhere a lot, we ask you go on the waiting list to let new poets have a chance. There’s a 5-minute limit to allow as many people to perform as possible. We ask you please keep to that limit to respect the other poets performing.
Doors open at 6pm. You sign up for the open mic at the door.
It’s free but please book so we get an idea of numbers.
The space is alcohol-free, all ages and wheelchair accessible. Some light snacks and refreshments are provided for a small price.
Featuring Rowan White performing original work and Waffle Irongirl performing a Bill Moran retrospective.
Poetryspective is a fortnightly poetry and spoken word event celebrating world poetry. Featuring two poets, one performing their own workings, the other giving a retrospective of a poet who inspires them with an open section that encourages not just the reading of original work but the workings of other poets as well. Organised and hosted by poet Elizabeth Lish Škec.
Winner of the Midsumma Festival Queer Poetry Slam, Nikki Viveca, performs ‘Asexual Love Poem’ at the Malthouse Theatre.
Queer comedienne Nikki Viveca is a prolific performer in standup, spoken word and improv. Her solo storytelling shows include The Lazy Show, about her love affair with laziness, and Asexual Healing, about her lack of interest in actual love affairs. She has been a featured performer three times at women’s spoken word night Mother Tongue, as well as appearing in many queer and alternative events such as Trans Magic, Taint and Lemon Comedy. She can be seen at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Three Dollar Bill, Completely Improvised Potter and her new solo show, The Cake Bride.
In its 4th 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.
The winner receives $1,000 and publication with Melbourne Spoken Word.
Previous winners include Quinn Eades, Benjamin Wild, and Manna Marvel.
The 2018 Selection Panel was Daisy Lavea-Timo, Benjamin Solah.
Winner: Anisa Nandaula / I hate you
Anisa Nandaula is the 2016 Queensland poetry slam champion, the runner up Australian poetry slam champion and nationally renowned poet. This published poet has performed her work at festivals around the country such as the Queensland poetry festival, Townsville Multicultural festival, Women of the world festival and African Australian film festival. Her unique and captivating exploration of identity and politics has been showcased at the Sydney Opera house, Slama Lama ding dong in Melbourne and Adelaide writers center. Her combination performance, engaging use of language and profound ideas can capture the heart of any audience. She is a published author releasing her debut collection titled Melanin Garden.
Highly Commended: Joel McKerrow / The Brave Ones
Joel McKerrow is an award winning writer, speaker, educator, community arts worker and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets having performed for hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world since 2010. Based out of Melbourne, Australia he is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation ‘TEAR Australia’ and was the co-founder of community arts organisation, ‘The Centre for Poetics and Justice’ (2010-2013). Joel was the third ever