June edition – call-out for podcast edition

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt live entertainment and art, we are inviting submissions for our June podcast edition. You can listen to the April edition if you’d like to get a feel for it.

JUNE PODCAST EDITION

Our theme for the June podcast is ‘here comes the rain again’, but it is not compulsory — wordsmiths are invited to explore the theme or simply ignore it altogether. The deadline for submissions is 14 June.

As this is going to be a podcast uploaded to the Words Out Loud website, rather than a more ephemeral live event, we have a few guidelines that we would ask you to follow:

1. Please keep the recordings to 5 minutes or less. We’re not editing these, so if they are too long, they simply won’t be included.

2. You can record in any way you can as long as it produces an MP3 file to send via email (wolballarat AT gmail.com). Phone recordings are fine.

3. Please try to keep your material to a (somewhat permissive) PG rating. A bit of swearing here and there is fine, as are subtle adult themes. But if your work is likely to make a 12-year-old cry or wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, then maybe save it for when the live events resume. Editorial discretion will be applied in deciding whether to include pieces in the podcast.

4. You need to either read your own work, or else have permission in writing from the author to read their work (forwarded to us via email).

5. All submissions must be received no later than midnight, Sunday 14 June, 2020. We intend to make the podcast live on Thursday, 18 June, when Words Out Loud was scheduled to take to the stage.

And if you want to include a photo along with your recording, feel free. It can be of yourself, something related to your work, or just an image that reflects these strange news days and how you’re getting through them. We’d love to see what you’re doing with yourselves and might even put some of them up on the website to accompany the podcast. As with recordings, please make sure these are your own work.

PLEASE NOTE:

By submitting your audio file to wordsoutloudballarat@gmail.com, you are giving consent for the audio to be included in Words Out Loud: The Podcast and published, in full or in part, on the Words Out Loud Ballarat website and promoted on the WOL Facebook page. While all intellectual property rights related to the recording and its contents will remain with the author, you are agreeing to grant Words Out Loud non-exclusive publication rights to the audio recording itself. By submitting the audio file, you are affirming that the copyright of the contents is owned by yourself, or else have included written permission from the copyright holder.

If you submit an image file along with your audio, you are giving consent for the image to be published on the Words Out Loud Ballarat website and promoted on the WOL Facebook page – unless you specifically instruct otherwise. You are also affirming that the copyright of the image is owned by yourself. All intellectual property rights will remain with the image owner.

Keep in touch: at facebook.com/wordsoutloud or join our mailing list.

May edition – podcast special

Welcome to the second of our podcast series, established in response to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Unfortunately, two submissions for our April edition got caught in the spam filter, so we’re winding back the clock to include them here, with our apologies.

All up, we have 13 artists presenting work, and we greatly appreciate those who contributed using whatever recording device was at hand to get these to us.

Listen to the podcast here

If you are interested in seeing more of the book about the Ballarat Memorial Concert Band history mentioned by George Williams, there is information on a launch event on Facebook.

We will be hitting the internet again for our June edition as we await the lifting of crowd restrictions that will allow us to once more take the stage, with details for submissions to be released shortly. For now, we hope you enjoy the May edition.

May edition – call-out for podcast edition

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt live entertainment and art, we are inviting submissions for our May podcast edition. You can listen to the April edition if you’d like to get a feel for it.

MAY PODCAST EDITION

Our theme for the May podcast is ‘time after time’, but it is not compulsory — wordsmiths are invited to explore the theme or simply ignore it altogether. The deadline for submissions is 17 May.

As this is going to be a podcast uploaded to the Words Out Loud website, rather than a more ephemeral live event, we have a few guidelines that we would ask you to follow:

1. Please keep the recordings to 5 minutes or less. We’re not editing these, so if they are too long, they simply won’t be included.

2. You can record in any way you can as long as it produces an MP3 file to send via email (wolballarat AT gmail.com). Phone recordings are fine.

3. Please try to keep your material to a (somewhat permissive) PG rating. A bit of swearing here and there is fine, as are subtle adult themes. But if your work is likely to make a 12-year-old cry or wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, then maybe save it for when the live events resume. Editorial discretion will be applied in deciding whether to include pieces in the podcast.

4. You need to either read your own work, or else have permission in writing from the author to read their work (forwarded to us via email).

5. All submissions must be received no later than midnight, Sunday 17 May, 2020. We intend to make the podcast live on Thursday, 21 May, when Words Out Loud was scheduled.

And if you want to include a photo along with your recording, feel free. It can be of yourself, something related to your work, or just an image that reflects these strange news days and how you’re getting through them. We’d love to see what you’re doing with yourselves and might even put some of them up on the website to accompany the podcast. As with recordings, please make sure these are your own work.

PLEASE NOTE:

By submitting your audio file to wordsoutloudballarat@gmail.com, you are giving consent for the audio to be included in Words Out Loud: The Podcast and published, in full or in part, on the Words Out Loud Ballarat website and promoted on the WOL Facebook page. While all intellectual property rights related to the recording and its contents will remain with the author, you are agreeing to grant Words Out Loud non-exclusive publication rights to the audio recording itself. By submitting the audio file, you are affirming that the copyright of the contents is owned by yourself, or else have included written permission from the copyright holder.

If you submit an image file along with your audio, you are giving consent for the image to be published on the Words Out Loud Ballarat website and promoted on the WOL Facebook page – unless you specifically instruct otherwise. You are also affirming that the copyright of the image is owned by yourself. All intellectual property rights will remain with the image owner.

Keep in touch: at facebook.com/wordsoutloud or join our mailing list.

April edition – podcast special

With the novel caronavirus causing havoc on events, Words Out Loud has joined those events offering online outlets for creativity while social distancing is in effect.

We felt compelled to cancel our March event following the declaration of a state of emergency in Victoria, and the edition scheduled for April 16 also cannot go ahead, so our chance to launch at our new venue is further delayed.

So in the place of the April event, we’re providing this special podcast edition drawing on works prepared for both March and April. It’s no surprise to find COVID-19 a subject in some of them.

We greatly appreciate the writers who came on board, recording their work at home and emailing it in to us. Some also took advantage of the opportunity to send in photographs to accompany their work. Brooke’s song was so enjoyable, we waived our prohibition on songs!

Listen to the podcast here

We hope you enjoy this special edition, and look forward to resuming regular events as soon as the situation allows. In the meantime, stay tuned for details of May’s podcast event; stay home if you can, stay well, stay safe.

Cohosts Jason Nahrung and Kirstyn McDermott, dressed for the apocalypse

April edition – call-out for podcast edition


*updated: email address for subs now fixed! We’re sorry if this has frustrated anyone trying to submit*

As COVID-19 continues to cast its shade, we’re going online for our editions until we can reconvene by the bar!

APRIL EDITION

We are inviting submissions for our inaugural Words Out Loud Podcast Edition, to be released on the scheduled date of our April outing, April 16.

Our theme for the evening is ‘underneath the radar’, but works composed for our cancelled March edition are also very welcome. Wordsmiths are invited to explore the theme or simply ignore it altogether.

As this is going to be a podcast uploaded to the Words Out Loud website, rather than a more ephemeral live event, we have a few guidelines that we would ask you to follow:

1. Please keep the recordings to 5 minutes or less. We’re not editing these, so if they are too long, they simply won’t be included.

2. You can record in any way you can as long as it produces an MP3 file to send via email (wolballarat AT gmail.com). Phone recordings are fine.

3. Please try to keep your material to a (somewhat permissive) PG rating. A bit of swearing here and there is fine, as are subtle adult themes. But if your work is likely to make a 12-year-old cry or wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, then maybe save it for when the live events resume. Editorial discretion will be applied in deciding whether to include pieces in the podcast.

4. You need to either read your own work, or else have permission in writing from the author to read their work (forwarded to us via email).

5. All submissions must be received no later than midnight, Sunday 12 April, 2020. We intend to make the podcast live on Thursday, 16 April, when Words Out Loud was scheduled.

And if you want to include a photo along with your recording, feel free. It can be of yourself, something related to your work, or just an image that reflects these strange news days and how you’re getting through them. We’d love to see what you’re doing with yourselves and might even put some of them up on the website to accompany the podcast. As with recordings, please make sure these are your own work.

PLEASE NOTE:

By submitting your audio file to wolballarat@gmail.com, you are giving consent for the audio to be included in Words Out Loud: The Podcast and published, in full or in part, on the Words Out Loud Ballarat website and promoted on the WOL Facebook page. While all intellectual property rights related to the recording and its contents will remain with the author, you are agreeing to grant Words Out Loud non-exclusive publication rights to the audio recording itself. By submitting the audio file, you are affirming that the copyright of the contents is owned by yourself, or else have included written permission from the copyright holder.

If you submit an image file along with your audio, you are giving consent for the image to be published on the Words Out Loud Ballarat website and promoted on the WOL Facebook page – unless you specifically instruct otherwise. You are also affirming that the copyright of the image is owned by yourself. All intellectual property rights will remain with the image owner.

Keep in touch: at facebook.com/wordsoutloud or join our mailing list.

March Words Out Loud cancelled

We’re sorry to announce that we are not running our scheduled Words Out Loud in Creswick on Thursday March 19.

With developments at the weekend and today (Monday) regarding social distancing and trying to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, we feel this is the responsible thing to do, even though we are well under the federal government’s 500-person mandated threshold.

We deeply regret the disappointment and disruption this decision may cause. We were very much looking forward to playing Odessa and are determined to reschedule an event there as soon as practicable.

The Creswick Harvest Festival has also cancelled its events.

We hope, once COVID-19 has been brought under control and life returns to a semblance of normality, to take Words Out Loud, as mentioned, to Creswick and also Clunes, where the cancellation of the Booktown Festival will be being felt.

At this stage, we hope to be going ahead with April’s scheduled edition on the 16th at our new Ballarat base, but will confirm closer to the date as developments unfold.

Further information about COVID-19 in Australia is available at the federal government website.

Arts practitioners who have lost work or are feeling the strain can get information at I Lost My Gig.

Please take care and be well, and we look forward to being back in action as soon as possible.

Best wishes,

Jason and Kirstyn
WOL co-convenors

We have a home, from April

A teaser for our new venue, beginning April 16.

We are pleased to have been able to find a new home for Words Out Loud’s monthly events in Ballarat, starting from our April 16 edition. But we’re not announcing it officially until this month’s event, our road trip to Creswick! One exciting bit of news at a time, we figure.

The new digs can’t replace the Printers Room, the same way the Printers Room was a different space to Babushka, but the welcome is just as warm and supportive, and we’re confident the new venue will suit us just as well. We’re grateful to have found one so quickly after the Printers Room’s sudden closure and can’t wait to reveal it.

But first, Creswick, which is shaping up to be a great night at Odessa at Leaver’s Hotel on March 19!

Don’t forget, Harvest Festival is on at the same time, with the launch and art festival opening 5-7pm that night at Town Hall and Odessa hosting the Harvest Feast on March 20 ahead of a big weekend of events.