Saturday, March 30 @ 1:00pm
128 Moor Street, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
Has an Open Mic?
Free but bookings are absolutely essential, with a maximum of 20 people allowed to book.
Melbourne Spoken Word presents, in partnership with Yarra Libraries, a special workshop for those fresh or starting out on their spoken word journey, as part of our Fresh Voice series.
Accessibility: Fitzroy Library is a fully wheelchair accessible venue. This event is alcohol-free and open to all ages.
There is a voice inside you just waiting to be expressed. There is a story that desires to find its way out into the world. You know this. You may just not know how to get it from the inside to the outside. That is what this workshop is for. Taking what is inside you and working out the best way to express it, to write it, to perform it, to share it with the world.
Facilitated by internationally acclaimed spoken word artist Joel McKerrow, this 3 hour workshop is for those who have never performed before or have only just begun. This workshop is not suitable for those more experienced with spoken word and poetry, and we ask that those more experienced do not book to allow space for those new to the art form.
Joel McKerrow is a writer, speaker, educator, community arts worker and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets. He is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation ‘TEAR Australia’ and was the third ever Australian representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships.
Joe’s Market Garden at CERES in Coburg invites lovers of nature, poetry and spoken word to come along to a morning open mic. This open mic event welcomes new and emerging poets, established and published poets, read your own words or other poets work.
Curious and supportive audience members most welcome. Joe’s Market Garden is a dynamic community space, the poetry gig has a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Be prepared to go with the flow, be outdoors in the veggie patch, relax and exhale. Joe’s cafe has great tasting coffee and fresh pastries for purchase – a perfect poets breakfast.
This open mic is outdoors and we are in Melbourne, remember to take care of your fragile human vessel – we suggest you bring a hat and sunnies, or a umbrella, gumboots, sandals, …etc. (we have a market shelter)
Joe’s Market Garden is located in Coburg, 2kms north of CERES along the Merri Creek bike path, this two acre plot has been farmed continuously by Chinese and Italian gardeners for over 150 years – Joe’s Market Garden is Melbourne’s last surviving inner city market garden.’
Alcohol Free. Kid-friendly.
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