Friday, June 3 @ 7:00pm
7-11 Dawson St Brunswick
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Get your tickets on the door or via Moshtix: http://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/…
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.
Littlefoot & Co host a special night of spoken word as part of the Emerging Writers’ Festival featuring Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa.
A night of spoken word of all kinds out in the South-East of Melbourne, featuring good vibes, plenty of open mic spots and encouraging of first time performers.
Love, loss, and loneliness all pop up in Kendra Keller’s (aka Lady Longdrop) lively and tender first collection of poems Hey Moon! Lady Longdrop demands a conversation that leads us away from an elusive state. With an active, empowered voice, she uses the moon the way many of us use it – to connect to the hidden self from, the self that is terrified of being seen. Poetry to her is a form of meditation.
In the section ‘Moon Poems’, she takes the reader out to see the moon, and in the poem, ‘Full-of-it’ lies a powerfully vulnerable question that requires sight:
Great fat moon
Why do you look at me and ask
Whether I am as fully human as you are fully stone
What would it take for many of us to articulate the pain our mothers and fathers caused us? To articulate back, to them, their state, and ours, through a question? Lady Longdrop insists that we rest before this journey – to connect with our larger selves.
What would it feel like if we took our problems to the moon, then feasted on her light as the narrator of the book does? Would we perceive love in ways suggested in ‘Love Is’?
A forgotten dream
Would we then dig deeper into our memories, and say:
Love is some clothes I threw out cos they didn’t fit anymore
Love is some papers
Dusty with nostalgia
That I had to burn
Where would we go? The ocean?
If we are to find ourselves, to find where we belong, we must find the things that truly know themselves. In her poem ‘As Though it is OK’, Lady Longdrop poetically displays the human demise when we compare ourselves to others without the knowledge of our capacity to transcend our conditions.
You hang there
As though it is ok
As though there are humans who can cope with your perfect
mirroring of yourself
Lady Longdrop consistently draws attention to the possibility of opening up
Ziimusic performs ‘Black Don’t Crack’ at the Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam in May. Ziimusic is on the 2018 Slamalamadingdong National Poetry Slam team travelling to Chicago in August.
ZIIMUSIC, is a Naarm based creative blending his artistry into a soulful experience. Originally from Zimbabwe, ZIIMUSIC began his creative career as a rapper and musician. He has had the privilege of performing in and around Naarm where his band have performed at festivals and sold out venues. 2017 saw ZIIMUSIC step into the Spoken Word scene as he was part of the Band Of Brothaz compromising of Naarms most decorated spoken word artists.