Thursday, February 4 @ 8:00pm
63 Johnston Street Fitzroy
Has an Open Mic?
Book tickets at http://wordisout.com.au/event/rapid-fire-2
Rapid Fire — 12 writers, 6 minutes each
Rapid Fire is the longest running spoken word event at Hares & Hyenas, and one of its most popular. Join us as we present 12 writers with 6 minutes each to win the hearts and minds of the audience in one of the most engaging spoken word events on the cultural calendar.
Line-up includes: Julie Peters; ReVerse Butcher & Kylie Supski; Squirrel Main; Gabriela Georges; Quinn Eades; and JaQi NMA, with more to be announced soon.
As part of 2016 Word Is Out for Midsumma Festival.
Kylie Supski is a Polish-Australian poet and spoken word performer. Kylie’s inspiration comes from her personal experiences, all aspects of her life, and the people she is surrounded by. Kylie is greatly concerned with using art as a method of speaking out about global economic and political inequality. She encourages her audiences towards critical thinking, and to consider the weight of their own powers as citizens with specific regard to the inhumane policies backed by the Australian government controlled by less than ‘The 1%’. Kylie however, enjoys a diverse repertoire and is passionate about exploring the beauty of being alive. Kylie Supski was the winner of The Melbourne Spoken Word Prize in 2016.
Gabriela Georges is a Melbourne-based singer-songwriter and poet who fuses the old and the new, experimenting with words ‘til she’s no longer blue. Using music and poetry to self-express, she writes on love, nature, grief and death. She sometimes rhymes words as she’s walking down the street; she likes her hip hop and hearing a good beat. She’s performed at the Melbourne Fringe, Sydney Fringe and Hare Hole, and had her work published in Offset, an arts journal.
Under various names and in a variety of disguises, ReVerse Butcher (rVb) has been performing, experimenting with and publishing her poetry for 14 years. She was a founding member of the Speedpoets (QLD), and moved on to coordinate and collaborate on several other open mic poetry readings including: Trip the Word Fantastic (QLD), WamJam (QLD), Beat @ The Boat (NSW) and ContraVerse (QLD & VIC). She has previously sung or spoken with several musical acts including (but not limited to): The Electric Afterglow (QLD), The Molotov (QLD) and Trypswytch (QLD/NSW). She’s toured internationally, and has several grand schemes, plots and plans concurrently running at all moments. rVb is currently engaged in a series of elaborate art experiments around Melbourne, called the #antiresidency which you may or may not ever find.
You know this story like the back of your hand. It starts with a date and a Runaway Heart with a suitcase full of memories.
The latest tour de force from eclectic solo storyteller Scott Wings, WHIPLASH is an electric riot of words and physicality. Diving deep inside his own body, Scott chases his runaway Heart as it absconds with his fondest memories – all while avoiding the hypervigilant searching of his Brain. Along the way he meets younger versions of himself and juggles the desires and disruptions of all sorts of organs, trying not to let the whole thing collapse in a mess of blood, sweat and tears. WHIPLASH digs into what makes a good man, a bad man, and a better man. It’s a heartfelt meditation on medication, lost love, memory, age, dating, hope/lessness. And it’s a stunning, sweat-soaked display of storytelling by one of Australia’s finest.
At Ruckus House, a secret Inner North location – book or get in touch to find out more.
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