Friday, December 7 @ 7:00pm
Northcote Town Hall
189 High Street,
$15/12 ($20/15 on the door)
Has an Open Mic?
Online pre-sales sold out.
Limit of 50 tickets sold on the door tonight.
Shortlist nominations and wildcard entries closed.
The 2018 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize is the fourth annual episode of one of Melbourne’s premier events for spoken word. Taking place this year at Northcote Town Hall.
Join us and an amazing line-up of poets, nominated be gig conveners, to celebrate the year in spoken word and poetry around Melbourne, bringing together the vast array of regular poetry events that happen all over the city and state.
The Melbourne Spoken Word Prize is a prize for live performance judged by some of Melbourne’s most influential and esteemed leaders in our spoken word community. Thirty poets, to be announced, from both nominations and wildcard entries compete for $1,000, plus $200 for people’s choice award and a convener’s choice award for the poet most nominated by gig hosts.
This event is likely to be sold out.
Michael Pardy and Megan Scott both live down the far south of the Mornington Peninsula. This Friday they will be performing a selection of poems to celebrate Friday knock-off and welcome in another weekend at the beach.
Wheelchair Accessible. All Ages.
Alison Whittaker reads ‘A love like Dorothea’s’ as part Blakwork, a 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.
Sharifa Tartoussi performs ‘On blood and handprints’ at Slamalamadingdong in October 2018 at The Melba Spiegeltent.
Sharifa A Tartoussi is a dentist, poet and performer. She is involved in several creative projects, most notably becoming half the founding party of GriffinSpeak; a spoken word event that creates space for voices from marginalised groups around Melbourne. Her style has been described as teetering on the boundary between the fire that warms and the fire that burns with a mix of traditional storytelling, millennial boundary pushing and raw emotion with influences from eastern and western art and literature owing to her traditional Arab upbringing in a western climate. She released her first Chapbook “ColourBlind” in early 2018.