Wednesday, February 14 @ 6:00pm
182/186 St Georges Road,
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Yarra Libraries presents ‘The Telling Tree’, an installation based, interactive, community storytelling project. A weekly creative writing project for emerging, established and non-writers alike!
‘Emerging Writers Group’ (*16-25 years old)
Join a group of emerging writers as we explore and work with ‘fruit’ from The Telling Tree. There will be time for writing, drawing, collage-making, chatting and sharing. We will also set a new prompt for the tree each fortnight.
(dates – 7.02, 21.02, 07.03, 21.03, 04.04, 18.04)
‘Open writing sessions’ (*open to all ages)
The group will write quietly for 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes to share and chat. You can respond to ‘fruit’ from The Telling Tree or work independently on your own project. There is no work-shopping, so it doesn’t matter what you are writing or which language you are writing in!
(dates – 14.02, 28.02, 14.03, 28.03, 11.04, 25.04)
Writing from these sessions can be submitted and considered for publication in an anthology/zine.
BYO laptops/writing materials. Wi-Fi and power available. Tea/Coffee/Biscuits served.
You do not need a ticket to attend this event.
Krish Prasad, Waffle Irongirl, Jennifer Compton and Santo Cazzati
Passionate Tongues, hosted by Michael Reynolds celebrates its 19th year with a special showcase of four diverse and talented poets, plus the open mic perfect for seasoned poets and those jumping up for the first time.
(Part of the Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival 2018 #MSWPF18. For full program of this exciting 2 week festival, go to https://mswpf.com.au)
David Stavanger performs “How to Be An Alpha Male” at The Wheeler Centre presented by The Melbourne Visiting Poets Program, with Melbourne Spoken Word, Australian Poetry, The nonfictionlab and Rabbit Poetry Journal.
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David Stavanger is a poet, writer, performer, cultural producer and former psychologist. In 2013 he won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, resulting in the release of The Special (UQP), his first full-length collection of poetry which was awarded the 2015 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. His prose-poem ‘The Electric Journal’ was a finalist of the 2016 Newcastle Poetry Prize. David is also sometimes known as pioneering Green Room-nominated ‘spoken weird’ artist Ghostboy, winning the 2005 Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup and establishing poetry slam and spoken word in QLD via his active work with the Australian Poetry Slam and Woodford Folk Festival. David was the Co-Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival from 2015-2017, a period known for its inclusive programming and stronger focus on CALD and first nation voices.
Eleanor Jackson and her infant daughter graciously hosted me for this interview. Over tea and cake, we had a wide-ranging conversation about spoken word and its revolutionary potential.
One of the things I love about poetry is that it is deeply transgressive, precisely because of its anti-capitalist tilt. We live in a system that assigns a utility to every person and their time. To do something that is a ‘waste of time’ and makes no money — it is a revolutionary act.
I was listening to your performance of “Shave and a Haircut” at Slamalamadingdong. I was struck by the musicality, how it evoked the sounds and rhythms of jazz. I wanted to ask about musical influences. Is that a conscious thing for you?
Yes, spoken word and poetry is about musical language. There is so much resonance between the way that musicians and poets use language: for its rhythm, tonality and song. My earliest musical loves were discovered scrounging through my dad’s vinyl collection of 70s classics, including all of Joni Mitchell’s work. She is an incredible lyricist, a beautiful painter and writer, a phenomenally talented musician. Her sense of story and lyric form is just exquisite. I loved the standard folk troubadours like Bob Dylan or Elton John. The 70’s rock-folk classics almost seem daggy in their sincerity, but I think they are still really beautiful. They continue to influence me at some level, although I don’t use end rhymes the way that musicians seek to use them in their songs.
The other striking feature of your work is pacing, your modulation of both pace and emotion.
If there’s one thing I miss in Australian spoken word, it is space and silence. Pace is about finding the beauty that happens in the pause. The pause allows for contemplation and absorption, allows for the time and space to sit with a thought, to then decide if the words truly resonate. Poet and spoken word artist Anthony O’Sullivan said he thought m