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.
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.