Friday, September 2 @ 1:00pm
Under the Hammer
158 Sydney Road Coburg
$30 ($25 for Patreon Patrons)
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Melbourne Spoken Word hosts a special workshop with spoken word artist, Anthony Anaxagorou from the UK, before his live show with local guests on the Sunday evening.
$30 for a 3-hour workshop. Open to all levels. Please book your spot as spaces are limited.
This 3-hour poetry workshop that looks at poetry, spoken word performance and the role of literature and language in the cultural development of societies. It will provide the rare and unique opportunity for poets of all levels to learn from an accomplished poet and his experiences of a different culture and country. This workshop offers a unique cross cultural opportunity for the local community to gain insight into the global networks that Anthony represents and also to gain instruction from a recognised professional in areas of poetry, creative writing and language as a social art form. In the workshop Anthony will share with with participants his wealth of knowledge and experience from his career as poet and educator in London and guide them through practical exercises to help them develop their own art. Participants will be given the opportunity to assess the role of poetry and language in their own lives so that they may start to look differently at literature and its place in society. Anthony builds on the concepts of poetry and literature to include performance and presentation which again will challenge participants to assess the cultural and social context of language and literature. While working with participants to develop their own original pieces, Anthony will also help participants to create new material focusing on themes and techniques taught in the workshop.
Anthony Anaxagorou is an award winning poet, prose writer, performer and educator. He has published eight volumes of poetry, a spoken word EP and written for theatre. His poetry has appeared on various BBC programs over the last decade and in 2013 his poem Dialectics was interpreted and performed by Cirque du Soleil. His poetry and fiction writing won Groucho Maverick award in 2015. In 2016 Anaxagorou is launching his new book Heterogeneous. The definitive anthology of his poetry, Heterogeneous is an extensive and revised selection taken from several previous volumes. With this latest work Anaxagorou offers readers an insight into his poetry career with work spanning from 2009 to 2016. These seven instructive years highlight the making of a poet who has now subsequently achieved international acclaim as a thinker, writer, polemicist and activist.
Every second Wednesday, behind the bookshelf in Sooki Lounge’s secret downstairs ‘nook’, you will find a collection of Belgrave’s local creatives opening their chests and sharing their heart with one another.
An incredibly supportive environment where each poet is greeted with genuine applause.
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