Sunday, September 4 @ 7:30pm
The Workers Club
51 Brunswick St Fitzroy
$20/17 + BF
Has an Open Mic?
Ruckus Slam and Melbourne Spoken Word are proud to bring you UK poet, Anthony Anxagorou Live in Melbourne, here for the Melbourne Writers Festival. He will perform for one night only at The Worker’s Club in Fitzroy as well as host a workshop.
He will be joined by special guest poets Rik The Most, Rowan White And Tariro, as well as in the style of Ruckus’ celebrating of other art forms, award-winning comedian Laura Davis, and hip-hop artist MC Emerald. Plus more poetic guests.
Melbourne Spoken Word will also be hosting a special workshop on the Friday afternoon before the show.
Anthony Anaxagorou is an award winning poet, prose writer, performer and educator. He has published eight volumes of poetry, a spoken word EP and written for theatre. His poetry has appeared on various BBC programs over the last decade and in 2013 his poem Dialectics was interpreted and performed by Cirque du Soleil. His poetry and fiction writing won Groucho Maverick award in 2015. In 2016 Anaxagorou is launching his new book Heterogeneous. The definitive anthology of his poetry, Heterogeneous is an extensive and revised selection taken from several previous volumes. With this latest work Anaxagorou offers readers an insight into his poetry career with work spanning from 2009 to 2016. These seven instructive years highlight the making of a poet who has now subsequently achieved international acclaim as a thinker, writer, polemicist and activist.
MSW Live is a new live streamed interactive talk show about all things spoken word and poetry in Melbourne. Hosted by Bennie, with guests each week, we’re going to chat about what’s going on in the world of spoken word, and interview guests, where the audience can ask questions too!
This week we chat to videographer, photographer and radio host, Brendan Bonsack.
With the world in a pretty unprecedented situation, as people already know, and although it’s by far not the most important issue right now, it’s had a pretty devastating effect on the arts, including the spoken word community.
Obviously, us coming together as a community at events in person are a crucial part of spoken word, and one the main reasons MSW exists is to support those community events. For us, it’s not just about the art form or individual artists, but how the art form brings people together, whether you’ve been doing this as a career for ages or whether you’ve turned up to an open mic for the very first time.
It’s been a learning experience and a bit of brightness amongst the darkness to watch how people have responded to self-isolation and lockdown measures by finding ways to use online platforms to continue to host open mics and other events. Alongside us starting to live stream events, we’ve been watching the rest of our community and the different ways events have gone online.
Spoken word, storytelling, poetry and writing still remain a way we can express ourselves and try to make sense of the world we live in and for us to come together as a community and for people’s voices to be heard. This remains critical in a time of self-isolation.
With most expert opinions predicting that this situation is likely to continue for months, not just weeks, the likelihood of us being able to hold in person events with an audience in July or August is pretty unlikely, and so Melbourne Spoken Word has made a decision to not hold The Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival in 2020.
Instead, we’re announcing The Melbourne Spoken Word Festival Online for 2020, with a new expressions of interest period now open for organisations and producers to propose events to be held on online as part of our program this year. We’re excited to see what spoken word
Morgaine van Wingerden, honourable mention at The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize performs ‘The Waitlist’ at Collingwood Town Hall. The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize was supported by Yarra Libraries.
Morgaine is a Melbourne based poet and artist who shares stories exploring family, mental health, relationships and womanhood. She has featured at numerous events across Melbourne and Sydney, and has performed at the Bowery Poetry House and Nuyorican in New York. She has been a member of Slamalamadingdong’s Team Slama the last two years in a row and was awarded an honourable mention in the 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.