Friday, December 6 @ 7:00pm
Collingwood Town Hall
140 Hoddle Street
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The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize is its fifth annual prize night presented by Melbourne Spoken Word. This year supported by Yarra Libraries at Collingwood Town Hall.
The prize is a celebration of the spoken word scene in Melbourne as a whole, the vast array of spoken word and poetry events around our city and the poets that breathe life into our scene.
Twenty-five poets, nominated by event conveners around Melbourne and Victoria, will showcase a poem on the night, and a panel of 7 judges, leaders in our spoken word community, will award one poet The Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, worth $1,000. The audience will also vote for The People’s Choice worth $200 and the most nominated poet will be awarded The Convener’s Choice worth $200.
This is the Oscar’s of Melbourne poetry so feel free to dress up, and book your tickets quickly as this event does sell out. Yarra Libraries has also generously funded a portion of free or pay as you feel tickets for the community (for those with health care cards, concession, senior or student cards).
This year’s judges are Michael Reynolds, Tariro Mavondo, Hamish Danks Brown, Amanda Anastasi, Eleanor Jackson, Quinn Eades and Fleassy Malay.
The final list of finalists for The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize are:
1. Jasmine Cenci
2. Yoram Symons
3. Maja Puseljic
4. Christine Burrows
5. John McKelvie
6. Ren Alessandra
7. Christopher James White
8. Megan J. Riedl
9. Yvette Stubbs
10. Loran Steinberg
11. Nikki Viveca
12. Josh Cake
13. Daymon Greulich
14. Ania Walwicz
15. Sean Whelan
16. James AO
17. Argyrios Dikeos
18. Panda Wong
19. Declan McDonald
20. Morgaine Van Wingerden
21. Thabani Tshuma
22. Linh Tran
23. Wahibe Moussa
24. Jeltje Fanoy
25. Andrew Rogerson
And the 5 reserve poets are:
1. Debra Ralph
2. Amy Bodossian
3. Hal Simons
4. Koraly Dimitriadis
5. Nolan Tyrrell
Accessibility: Collingwood Town Hall is a fully wheelchair accessible venue. AUSLAN interpreters can be provided on request. If you have accessibility questions or requirements, please contact us at [email protected] or on 1300 695 427.
For further information on the rules and process for The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize please see https://melbournespokenword.com/mswprize/
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.
Miss Yankey performs ‘The Rose That Never Grew’ at Slamalamadingdong in March, 2019.
Miss Yankey is a British/Ghanaian Spoken Word artist; Founder of Poetry Prescribed; FLO Poet; Co-host and Resident Poet at The Chocolate Poetry Club; Open Mic Host at Mind Over Matter; and milli-tasking mother of twins. A passionate advocate of mental health and domestic violence awareness, she often writes poetry on these topics in a bid to takle the stigma attached to them.