Wednesday, June 22 @ 7:30pm
Lentil As Anything Abbotsford
1-3 St Heliers St Abbotsford
Has an Open Mic?
We will have an open mic and some featured speakers - if you know you would like to speak and would like to feature, please email: [email protected]
Lentil As Anything is holding a cosy spoken word night to coincide with refugee week. Come eat, listen, connect and share.
Refugee week raises awareness about issues affecting refugees and celebrates their contributions to our society. This year’s theme is ‘with courage let us all combine’ & praises the courage of both refugees and anyone who speaks out against persecution and injustice.
This spoken word night welcomes anyone to share on the mic, anything that you feel is relevant. It might be speaking out against injustice, acknowledging our shared humanity, or honoring the courage of someone you know. It might be poetry, songs or just words.
Poetryspective, a new poetry and spoken word event celebrates world poetry. Featuring one poet performing their own work, and one poet presenting the work of a poet who inspires them, with an open section that encourages not just the reading of original work, but the work of others that inspire them. MC’d by Lish Skec.
Alison Whittaker reads ‘Murrispacetime’ as part Blakwork, 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.
Jennifer Compton performing ‘in the museum of the wars’, which received an Honourable Mention at The 2018 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
Jennifer Compton lives in Melbourne and is a poet and playwright who also writes prose. When it comes to the poetry side of things she likes to have it every which way possible. She very much likes winning the Newcastle Poetry Prize and being given the big cheque. And she also very much likes the hurly burly of the open mic.