Saturday, September 5 @ 10:00am
Footscray Community Arts Centre
45 Moreland Street Footscray
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Places are extremely limited and to reserve your spot you need to send a direct message to Candy Royalle or email: [email protected] - clicking "attend" on this event does not reserve a place.
Two free spots available for individuals experiencing financial hardship. Please send an email to Candy Royalle for further details.
WRITE BREATHE PERFORM is an intensive, full day masterclass with Candy Royalle for all aspiring writers and performers as well as individuals who simply want help with expressing themselves. It is aimed at all levels – from those who have never written or shared work to established artists.
Some of the things the workshop covers:
– Writing techniques and exercises
Activate the mind with exercises designed to help you establish a base from which to create
Tackling writers block
Writers block is usually a symptom of negative self talk. The workshop endeavors to help combat critical inner monologues
Good writing = good editing. We look at how to edit your own work as well as others’ including how to deliver constructive criticism.
The ethical obligations of creators
A discussion and exploration of what it is we as artists and human beings might be obligated to express, respect or discuss in our work.
Writing for the self
The cathartic experience of expression
Writing for the stage
Preparing work and the self in order to share the work whether it be with friends or on stage
The magic of mindfulness as a tool in controlling nerves
Harnessing mindfulness and breath for self confidence
Performance exercises and warm ups
Basic exercises to prepare your body for performance
Help in assessing work for performance
By the end of the workshop you will be well prepared to share your work in front of an audience.
Candy Royalle is a performance artist, poet, storyteller, activist and educator who shares confronting, political, human and heart wrenching narratives delivered in her own inimitable style to audiences all over Australia and the world, hoping to break open closed hearts. She seeks to take poetry into non-traditional spaces by collaborating with musicians, dancers, film makers, photographers and visual artists. She has published two collections of poetry “Love Spectacular” and “Heartbeats” as well as two albums “Stories by Starlight” and “Frida People”. Candy Royalle is a festival veteran and has performed both solo and with her band at innumerable folk, music, arts and writers festivals both nationally and internationally having toured parts of the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. She has been awarded numerous prizes including the World Performance Poetry Cup, a Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship in Poetry and the Austin International Poetry Festival award in Excellence in Poetry plus nominated for many more. She has also been selected for a number of residencies including with Bundanon Trust and Performance Space. Candy has been published in multiple journals, anthologies and literary magazines and has appeared alongside many of Australia’s and world’s greatest poetic voices.
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.