Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:00pm
239 Lonsdale Street Chinatown
Has an Open Mic?
Only 10 spots on the open mic. Open mic registration at 6.45pm. Some spots available on their Facebook page on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Voices in the Attic, founded in February 2014, is a multi-genre open mic nestled in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. We welcome multiple forms of expression including poetry, storytelling, music, comedy, rap. However you choose to be expressive, share experiences, trust yourself and experiment we have space for you. Voices is held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. There are ten open mic spots with five minutes each. Open mic registration is at and 6:45 and open mic starts at 7pm.
Rowan White is an Anglo-Melbournian poet, spoken word performer, singer, activist, counselor, driving instructor and sometime disability support worker. Rowan’s writing explores themes such as the beautiful here and now and the problem of privilege. His style is personal and polemical, with a touch of dag. He likes peanut butter and jam on his toast every other morning. His favorite word in the universe is ‘glockenspiel’. Rowan’s first book is ‘Tailwind and other poems’, published in 2015.
Featuring Rowan White performing original work and Waffle Irongirl performing a Bill Moran retrospective.
Poetryspective is a fortnightly poetry and spoken word event celebrating world poetry. Featuring two poets, one performing their own workings, the other giving a retrospective of a poet who inspires them with an open section that encourages not just the reading of original work but the workings of other poets as well. Organised and hosted by poet Elizabeth Lish Škec.
Winner of the Midsumma Festival Queer Poetry Slam, Nikki Viveca, performs ‘Asexual Love Poem’ at the Malthouse Theatre.
Queer comedienne Nikki Viveca is a prolific performer in standup, spoken word and improv. Her solo storytelling shows include The Lazy Show, about her love affair with laziness, and Asexual Healing, about her lack of interest in actual love affairs. She has been a featured performer three times at women’s spoken word night Mother Tongue, as well as appearing in many queer and alternative events such as Trans Magic, Taint and Lemon Comedy. She can be seen at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Three Dollar Bill, Completely Improvised Potter and her new solo show, The Cake Bride.
In its 4th year, the Arts Queensland XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word is Australia’s only national arts award that recognises the growing field of spoken word and is named after the former 2010 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, Emily XYZ, who left a deep impression on many of today’s Queensland spoken word artists. It is open to applicants Australia-wide.
The winner receives $1,000 and publication with Melbourne Spoken Word.
Previous winners include Quinn Eades, Benjamin Wild, and Manna Marvel.
The 2018 Selection Panel was Daisy Lavea-Timo, Benjamin Solah.
Winner: Anisa Nandaula / I hate you
Anisa Nandaula is the 2016 Queensland poetry slam champion, the runner up Australian poetry slam champion and nationally renowned poet. This published poet has performed her work at festivals around the country such as the Queensland poetry festival, Townsville Multicultural festival, Women of the world festival and African Australian film festival. Her unique and captivating exploration of identity and politics has been showcased at the Sydney Opera house, Slama Lama ding dong in Melbourne and Adelaide writers center. Her combination performance, engaging use of language and profound ideas can capture the heart of any audience. She is a published author releasing her debut collection titled Melanin Garden.
Highly Commended: Joel McKerrow / The Brave Ones
Joel McKerrow is an award winning writer, speaker, educator, community arts worker and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets having performed for hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world since 2010. Based out of Melbourne, Australia he is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation ‘TEAR Australia’ and was the co-founder of community arts organisation, ‘The Centre for Poetics and Justice’ (2010-2013). Joel was the third ever