Friday, December 4 @ 6:30pm
Library At The Dock
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade Docklands
Has an Open Mic?
Poets and audience are both encouraged to book tickets at http://trybooking.com/Booking/…
Registration details to enter the prize are below.
Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to announce the first ever Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
With cash and other prizes on offer, the Melbourne Spoken Word Prize is awarded to a poet for an exceptional piece of performance poetry judged by a panel comprised of hosts of various spoken word and poetry events around Melbourne: Michael Reynolds (Passionate Tongues), Michelle Dabrowski (Slamalamadingdong), Amanda Anastasi (La Mama Poetica), Ebony MonCrief (Voices in the Attic) and Geoff Lemon (editor of Going Down Swinging).
The Melbourne Spoken Word Prize will take place at the picturesque Library At The Dock in their classy performance space.
Prizes include at least $200 in cash, feature poet spots at Passionate Tongues, The Dan Poets, Slamalamadingdong and Voices in the Attic, publication in Audacious in 2016, a year’s membership to Writers Victoria and a year’s subscription to Overland.
The Melbourne Spoken Word Prize is open to all poets (with the exception of the judges and the Melbourne Spoken Word committee) with a limit of twenty entrants. Registration for the Prize will open on Monday, November 23 at 12pm and close when twenty poets have signed up. The order and confirmation of entry will be drawn live on the Melbourne Spoken Word YouTube Channel on Friday, November 28 at 12pm and be published on the Melbourne Spoken Word Facebook event.
To register, email [email protected] (after registration has opened) with the subject line ‘Melbourne Spoken Word Prize entrant.’ Registrations will NOT be accepted via other forms such as Facebook message or before the registration time.
Poets who do not make the first twenty, will be added to a waiting list in the event that a poet has to pull out. Poets entering and on the waiting list must buy a ticket to be part of the audience as a condition of entry.
Poets must arrive at 7pm before the beginning of the night or they will forfeit their entry to someone on the waiting list. Poets have three minutes to perform their poem with a 10 second grace period. Poets will be judged on a combination of poetic content and performance at the judges’ discretion. No correspondence with the judges will be entered into during the period of the prize.
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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