Friday, September 23 @ 7:00pm
Second Story Studios
222 Johnston St Collingwood
$20/15 + BF
Has an Open Mic?
Book Your Tickets at melbournefringe.com.au: https://melbournefringe.com.au/program/…
Enter the 12-poet Battle Royalle here: https://melbournespokenword.submittable.com/submit…
When Marc Smith said he had a vision for poets duking it out in the ring with boxing gloves and created ‘poetry slam,’ we wonder if he thought we’d take it to the next level like this. As part of Melbourne Fringe, this one night only show will put spoken word artists, poets and slammers against each other in the middle a wrestling, entering their bouts like they’re spandex wearing, face paint clad poetry wrestling superstars. Featuring some of Melbourne’s top performers in the spoken word scene, and a 12 poet Battle Royalle.
It’s the poetry gig that we did last year that people still talk about – and we still brag about it. You don’t want to miss this.
The Main Event: Sean M Whelan vs Alicia Sometimes
The Hardcore Match: Scott Wings vs Roshelle Fong
Champion against Champion: The 2015 MSW Prize winner, Steve Smart vs the Slamalamadingdong 2015 Champ, John Englezos
Tag-Team Poetry: Chalise van Wyngaardt & Will Beale vs Tim Train and Eddy Burger
PLUS The 12-poet Battle Royalle. When your time is up and the buzzer sounds, you better clear the ring because the next poet is coming storming through.
Michael Pardy and Megan Scott both live down the far south of the Mornington Peninsula. This Friday they will be performing a selection of poems to celebrate Friday knock-off and welcome in another weekend at the beach.
Wheelchair Accessible. All Ages.
Alison Whittaker reads ‘A love like Dorothea’s’ as part Blakwork, a reading for the Melbourne Visiting Poets Program, at The Wheeler Centre in August 2018.
Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet, life writer and essayist from Gunnedah and Tamworth, north-western New South Wales. She now lives in Sydney on Wangal land, and is recently returned from the US, where she received a 2017 Fulbright Indigenous Postgraduate Scholarship to complete a Master of Laws (LLM) at Harvard. Her poem MANY GIRLS WHITE LINEN received the Judith Wright Poetry Prize in 2017. She is the author of Lemons in the Chicken Wire (Magabala Books), the debut collection that established her as a powerful new voice in poetry.
Her next book, Blakwork (forthcoming from Magabala), is a stunning mix of memoir, reportage, fiction, satire and critique. Blakwork is an original and unapologetic collection from which two things emerge: an incomprehensible loss, and the poet’s fearless examination of the present.
Sharifa Tartoussi performs ‘On blood and handprints’ at Slamalamadingdong in October 2018 at The Melba Spiegeltent.
Sharifa A Tartoussi is a dentist, poet and performer. She is involved in several creative projects, most notably becoming half the founding party of GriffinSpeak; a spoken word event that creates space for voices from marginalised groups around Melbourne. Her style has been described as teetering on the boundary between the fire that warms and the fire that burns with a mix of traditional storytelling, millennial boundary pushing and raw emotion with influences from eastern and western art and literature owing to her traditional Arab upbringing in a western climate. She released her first Chapbook “ColourBlind” in early 2018.