Saturday, February 6 @ 4:30pm
204 High Street,
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Book tickets at http://www.trybooking.com/KBKN
Multi-slam winning Singaporean spoken word artist Deborah Emmanuel bursts into Melbourne on the 6th February 2016 as a part of her National tour promoting her chapbook RED AND WHITE. BLACK AND BLUE. The book features new poetry as well as an excerpt from her third book, Rebel Rites. Rebel Rites is a creative non-fiction account of her year in the Singapore Prison System in 2008. It will launch in March 2016.
Deborah Emmanuel has performed her poetry on stages like TEDx Singapore, The Queensland Poetry Festival and the Bali Emerging Writers Festival. She has been described as an “animated young artist” who “isn’t afraid to speak her mind” by Honeycombers Singapore and a “poetic soul sister” by JUICE magazine. J.M. Donellan, author of Killing Adonis, calls her first poetry collection When I Giggle In My Sleep “A beguilingly beautiful collection of the personal and the political. Words that weave like limbs on trees. Simultaneously melancholy and uplifting. Make sure you grab at the opportunity to see her perform if she’s ever in the same corner of the world as you.”
Hosted by the infamous Scott Wings as well as being supported by local spoken word artists E’eda, Lady Longdrop and Kudos, this is sure to be an evening not to miss.
“Deb has this instinctive ability to just capture a room, hold it in the palm of her hand and then let us free. And we are all lighter, taking flight from the experience. She’s one of the finest examples of what performance poetry can do for art forms.”
– SCOTT WINGS
“Deborah is undoubtedly one of the greatest natural talents I have seen in the world of poetry. She can turn up and burn the place down in a few short breaths. Some poets need to practice, rehearse, run through lines and warm up before getting onto a stage. Deborah is always a poet, always sincere, always heartbreakingly truthful and effortlessly powerful.”
– LUKA LESSON
Featuring Maxime Banks, Elizabeth ‘Lish’ Škec, Brownsugababe, Koraly Dimitriadis, and Yvette Stubbs.
In honour of International Women’s Day, curated by Viki Mealings, a family-friendly, inclusive event celebrating the creativity, resilience and diversity of women.
Wheelchair and Pram Accessible. All Ages. Alcohol-Free.
Winner of the Midsumma Festival Queer Poetry Slam, Nikki Viveca, performs ‘Asexual Love Poem’ at the Malthouse Theatre.
Queer comedienne Nikki Viveca is a prolific performer in standup, spoken word and improv. Her solo storytelling shows include The Lazy Show, about her love affair with laziness, and Asexual Healing, about her lack of interest in actual love affairs. She has been a featured performer three times at women’s spoken word night Mother Tongue, as well as appearing in many queer and alternative events such as Trans Magic, Taint and Lemon Comedy. She can be seen at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Three Dollar Bill, Completely Improvised Potter and her new solo show, The Cake Bride.
In its 4th 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.
The winner receives $1,000 and publication with Melbourne Spoken Word.
Previous winners include Quinn Eades, Benjamin Wild, and Manna Marvel.
The 2018 Selection Panel was Daisy Lavea-Timo, Benjamin Solah.
Winner: Anisa Nandaula / I hate you
Anisa Nandaula is the 2016 Queensland poetry slam champion, the runner up Australian poetry slam champion and nationally renowned poet. This published poet has performed her work at festivals around the country such as the Queensland poetry festival, Townsville Multicultural festival, Women of the world festival and African Australian film festival. Her unique and captivating exploration of identity and politics has been showcased at the Sydney Opera house, Slama Lama ding dong in Melbourne and Adelaide writers center. Her combination performance, engaging use of language and profound ideas can capture the heart of any audience. She is a published author releasing her debut collection titled Melanin Garden.
Highly Commended: Joel McKerrow / The Brave Ones
Joel McKerrow is an award winning writer, speaker, educator, community arts worker and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets having performed for hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world since 2010. Based out of Melbourne, Australia he is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation ‘TEAR Australia’ and was the co-founder of community arts organisation, ‘The Centre for Poetics and Justice’ (2010-2013). Joel was the third ever