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.
The Dan is Melbourne’s longest running weekly poetry venue is now in its 25th year. Every Saturday between 2pm-5pm, The Dan O’Connell Hotel becomes, The Home of Poets. The Dan is a community of poets, who support each other’s work, and endeavour to improve their poetry. Some of the poets that perform at The Dan have been writing poetry for decades, but many, are just starting their poetry journey.
The Dan is also, for people that love to see poets performing their poems. Our poetry audience can listen, and watch the open mic, with a drink and a meal in front of them, you will hear words from around the corner, and around the world. It’s free entry, and everyone is welcome on the open mic.
Give yourself the gift of a living performance, come and experience Poetry @ The Dan O’Connell. Put your name on the blackboard and be part of the open mic. Co-ordinated and MC’d by the Dan Poet’s Collective, Libby, Steve, Anne, Norman and Tim.
Alison Whittaker reads ‘Murrispacetime’ as part Blakwork, reading for the Melbourne Visiting Poets Program, at The Wheeler Centre in August 2018.
Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet, life writer and essayist from Gunnedah and Tamworth, north-western New South Wales. She now lives in Sydney on Wangal land, and is recently returned from the US, where she received a 2017 Fulbright Indigenous Postgraduate Scholarship to complete a Master of Laws (LLM) at Harvard. Her poem MANY GIRLS WHITE LINEN received the Judith Wright Poetry Prize in 2017. She is the author of Lemons in the Chicken Wire (Magabala Books), the debut collection that established her as a powerful new voice in poetry.
Her next book, Blakwork (forthcoming from Magabala), is a stunning mix of memoir, reportage, fiction, satire and critique. Blakwork is an original and unapologetic collection from which two things emerge: an incomprehensible loss, and the poet’s fearless examination of the present.
Jennifer Compton performing ‘in the museum of the wars’, which received an Honourable Mention at The 2018 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
Jennifer Compton lives in Melbourne and is a poet and playwright who also writes prose. When it comes to the poetry side of things she likes to have it every which way possible. She very much likes winning the Newcastle Poetry Prize and being given the big cheque. And she also very much likes the hurly burly of the open mic.