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.
tteotv offers a wholesome, supportive space for people to read a poem, share a story or freestyle some rap (this was written by a non rapper).
It is a very, very welcoming gig and we really love to embrace new tteotv gig friends!
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.