Monday, August 3 @ 6:15pm
The Quirk Container
Menzies Lawn Clayton VIC
Has an Open Mic?
Purchase ticket at https://containerfestival.com.au
Explore the world of a young romantic through poetry; find yourself in a lounge of red velvet walls and zig-zagged floors, watching and listening to words that were too painful to say at sixteen, and now, at least understood, at twenty.
Audrey El-Osta is a poet and student at Monash, and former Artist-in-Residence at the Cowwarr Art Space. She examines mental illness, sexuality and sexualisation of young women all through poetry written to sound, feel and be beautiful, and highlight exactly why it isn’t.
Hear poems that have been published and won competitions all over the world, and hear poems that have never been read of performed before.
The 2015 Container Festival launches in the MUST Hub space on Friday 31 July from 6pm till late with free entry. Featuring an impressive line-up of festival artists, guests will get a sneak preview of the diverse work on offer, meet the artists, and enjoy a sensational party!
Audrey El-Osta is a Melbourne writer, studying Linguistics and Literature at Monash University, living in Ormond with four cats and three humans that don’t measure up. Mama Alto described her work as “highly moving, transporting and subversive odes to womanhood and female divinity.” She’s performed at MUST and the Container Festival, and runs the Monash Creative Writers Club.
The Dan is Melbourne’s longest running weekly poetry venue is now in its 25th year. Every Saturday between 2pm-5pm, The Dan O’Connell Hotel becomes, The Home of Poets. The Dan is a community of poets, who support each other’s work, and endeavour to improve their poetry. Some of the poets that perform at The Dan have been writing poetry for decades, but many, are just starting their poetry journey.
The Dan is also, for people that love to see poets performing their poems. Our poetry audience can listen, and watch the open mic, with a drink and a meal in front of them, you will hear words from around the corner, and around the world. It’s free entry, and everyone is welcome on the open mic.
Give yourself the gift of a living performance, come and experience Poetry @ The Dan O’Connell. Put your name on the blackboard and be part of the open mic. Co-ordinated and MC’d by the Dan Poet’s Collective, Libby, Steve, Anne, Norman and Tim.
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.