Friday, June 12 @ 8:00pm
83 Brunswick Street Fitzroy
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Melbourne Spoken Word is excited to present a special show, Showcase, in conjunction with Conduit Arts on Brunswick Street. Featuring 6 poets, we’ve got a few emerging poets, a few unknowns and a few old favourites.
Featuring Cherry Murphy, Jacky T, Krish Prasad, Natalie Acreman, and Ania Walwicz and Jez Speelman.
Krish Prasad is an Indian-born spoken word artist and performer whose work is based around deconstructing human relationships and behaviour, and providing perspective on how one’s everyday struggles with life and its challenges are a near universal experience. Using biting humour, theatrical portrayals, and sudden changes in tempo and intensity, he creates an authentic representation of the modern human and his war with identity. Krish started writing at 14, but has only been giving stage performances for around 2 years. During this time, he has performed at several venues in both his hometown of Mumbai, India and his adopted home of Melbourne, Australia. He has featured at the Big Mic and readings at Café Goa in Mumbai, as well as at Passionate Tongues, Dan Poets and the House of Bricks in Melbourne, and has been received exceedingly well. He also cooks a mean red-bean curry, loves warm weather and warm socks, and is a part-time human.
Multiplatform artist often found climbing flagpoles, flirting with other poets and humping random inanimate objects after drinking too much for such a little guy. Jez has spent the last 15 years gracing and defiling stages across Melbourne with his spoken word, poetry, vocal work and various music collaborations. You just never know what you are going to get when Jez hits the stage or gets a hold of that mic.
Jacky T is a poet/MC/producer who lives and hustles in Brunswick, Melbourne. Originally from country Victoria, he wears city life like an itchy woollen sweater. He is a published poet, award winning slam artist and has just dropped ‘New Stylus ep’ for ya free downloading pleasure.
Cherry Murphy is a poet and pastry chef who splits her time between writing and baking cakes. She feels strongly about contributing to making the world a more honest (and sweeter) place through the use of cake and words. Her poetry is often raw and touches on topics such as women’s rights, family, religion, and gender.
Ania Walwicz is a poet and spoken word artist who teaches at RMIT. Her published books include “Writing,” “Boat,” “Red Roses,” “Elegant” and “Palace of Culture.” Her current work is “Horse” a book/theatre text/ multilevel opera.
Natalie Acreman is a radical poet, activist, and kitten enthusiast from Hawthorn. Having fled regional Victoria for the big city, Natalie has a hardened commitment to rainbow tie-dye and doing the exact opposite of what’s expected. Their poetry is a mix of confessional, political, and angrily-yelling-about-things-they-don’t-like.
The winners of the 2020 XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word are: Eloise Grills and Jaslyn Robertson (co-winners and collaborators), for their piece “Erotic Thriller”.
Highest Queensland Entry: Holly Robertson for “The Laundromat is a Peculiar Place for Philosophy”
Highly Commended:Sarah Temporal ‘Who Gave Birth to my Daughter’
Yasmin McQuade ‘Frida’s Eyebrows’
In its 6th 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.
Winners: “Erotic Thriller” – Eloise Grills and Jaslyn Robertson
Eloise Grills is an award-winning writer, comics artist, poet and critic. Her first book of poetry, If you’re sexy and you know it slap your hams (Subbed In) was recently shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore award. She’s currently working on her first illustrated memoir with the support of the Australia Council. www.eloisegrills.com
Jaslyn Robertson is a young composer of electronic and chamber music who writes with unusual sounds, alternate tuning systems and new forms of notation. In 2020 she has received the Monash Animated Notation Ensemble commissioning prize and a commission for Ossicle duo supported by Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne. http://jaslyn.biz/
Highest Queensland Entry: “The Laundromat is a Peculiar Place for Philosophy” – Holly Robertson
Holly Robertson is a 19 year old poet and student from Brisbane. Writing for the last six
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.