Friday, June 3 @ 7:00pm
7-11 Dawson St Brunswick
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Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to host “Good Ghost” Bill Moran again in Melbourne this June. Following two successful shows in the past two years, Bill has become a great friend and supporter of the local Melbourne scene.
He will be supported by Melbourne poets Arielle Cottingham, Ed Carlyon, Will Beale, Jess Alice and Esme Foong, plus the winner of Slamalamadingdong in May, Alex Fusca.
Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
William Beale is a spoken word poet, writer and actor currently based in Melbourne. His debut poetry collection, “THEY CALL US LOUD” is available throughout Australia and Southeast Asia. As Co-Creative Producer of Slamalamadingdong, one-third of Three Round Circus and co-founder of If Walls Could Talk Open Mic, William has years of experience performing, producing and teaching in international poetry communities. His work has been called “a boy howling his way into the world, despite all its muzzles”, but in real life he’s just glad he’s afraid of moths, not microphones.
Jessica Alice is a writer, editor, broadcaster and speaker from Melbourne. She is Poetry Editor of Scum and was a Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival in 2014 & 15. Jessica’s work has been featured in The Guardian Australia, VICE, The Lifted Brow, Junkee, Spook Magazine, Cordite Poetry Review and Metro Magazine, among others.
Waffle Irongirl regularly sets out to write poetry in the venerable tradition of Blake and Whitman. But she keeps getting waylaid by personal opinions, her cultural context and a fondness for the music of Cold Chisel. The fact she can’t resist the occasional slam just makes things worse. On-stage, she’s the poetical analogue of a heavy metal karaoke. Off-stage she’s vague and freshly introverted.
Ed Carlyon is a writer and spoken word poet based in Melbourne. He has recently performed at both Strawberry Fields Festival and White Night Melbourne, as well as having competed in the national finals of the 2015 Australian Poetry Slam.
Bill Moran is a first-year MFA poetry candidate at Louisiana State University and a former EMT. He was a proud member of the 2011-2013 Austin Poetry Slam national teams, as well as the 2012 & 2013 Austin Poetry Slam Champion and 2013 Southern Fried Haiku Champion. He has co-directed the Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival, performed and taught poetry internationally, and served as president of Mic Check, a non-profit poetry organization in Brazos County, Texas. His work has been published three times by Button Poetry in video form, and is forthcoming in Phoebe and FreezeRay Press in print. Also, he is convinced he has the Gulf Coast inside him. He appreciates your concern and well-wishes, but swears he is okay. Really.
Arielle Cottingham is a poet and performance artist out of coastal and South Texas, now based in Melbourne, Australia. Her poetry ranges from raw vulnerability to provocative politics, exploring how the personal influences the public, and vice versa. When she isn’t writing poetry, she is facilitating it as one of the creative producers for Melbourne’s Slamalamadingdong.
This event celebrates issues 27 (the TENSE issue) and 28 (the POLITICS issue) of ‘Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry’–with poems guest-edited by Pascalle Burton & David Stavanger and Ella O’Keefe & Alan Wearne respectively. The ‘Big Rabbit Read’ will feature short readings by poets published in issues 27 & 28.
I’m sitting down for an interview with Waffle IronGirl, me on one end of old faithful (Facebook Messenger), her on the other. I’ve – somewhat unwisely – started off proceedings with a list of ‘suggested’ questions from my partner Lexi, all of them uniquely bizarre. For instance:
“How adaptable is the waffle iron as a printing technology?”
Waffle IronGirl shoots this one down:
Waffle Iron isn’t a printing technology.
It’s very adaptable personal weaponry though.
Things are off to a cracking start.
We’re here to talk about performing in Singapore (she was recently a support act in the Singapore poetry slam) and chapbooks (she’s running a workshop on chapbooks for the Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival). But I can’t resist. Where does the name “Waffle IronGirl” come from? ” I once wrote a flash fiction story about a vigilante called Waffle IronGirl,” she explains. “She used a waffle iron to dispatch with those who would violate her boundaries or the boundaries of those she cared about. When I started performing I needed a stage name, and it seemed like she could impart a courage and frankness that I felt I was lacking personally.”
I could pause here to note that Waffle IronGirl is one of the most original performers I’ve seen, and when she featured for us at the Dan, I felt like the top of my head had been taken off and I had a whole range of new weird and wonderful ideas poured in. Instead, I ask about the Singapore slam; what differences between Singaporean spoken word and Australian spoken word did she notice? “What struck me wasn’t so much the difference in style”, she says, “although that was certainly there. From a style perspective, there was certainly a more natural use of multiple languages and accents and dialects within the same
What does your name mean?
Thabani means “be happy”.
What makes you happy?
Connecting with people. I enjoy consuming art in all its forms. Art is one of the most connective things in which we can participate.
What made you leave Zimbabwe and come to Melbourne? Is Melbourne home now or is there more to your journey?
I left to study in the US and South Africa and finally Melbourne because I have family here. I just thought it would be beaches and people in swimsuits all day but had a rude awakening!
There is so much more to the journey. The project I’m working on now is about the sense of identity displacement. Even in Zimbabwe, I was not culturally accepted because I went to a lot of “white” schools. I’m still searching for a sense of belonging.
Do you know what this place looks like?
No, that’s why it’s so hard to find. But it’s not about the finding, it’s about the journey towards finding. In fact, I’m content to continuously search and not find it because it’s in the search that the most meaningful interactions are to be found.
You’re a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow. What that does mean to you?
It is a great opportunity. Connecting to other writers and becoming a part of the literary world – that is the most valuable aspect. The biggest growth for me is the discipline – working on one full body of work thematically linked, where the content needs coherent narrative. I’m usually very sporadic and volatile in writing, so it’s been an interesting challenge to get into the frame of mind where I’m still authentically expressing myself but it’s a controlled expressing. Not writing to the feeling, but bringing the feeling and writing to it.
You’re part of the Slamalamadingong National Poetry Slam Team. How do you feel and what are you expecting at the event?
A lot of poetry! It’s great to see people workin