October edition – follow your nose

words out loud ballarat for october 2018Words Out Loud is turning super sleuth in October and ‘following its nose’ to a great evening of spoken word.

The October 11 event (note: this is a week earlier than it normally would be) will be held at the Printers Room, in the basement of Sebastiaans at the corner of Mair and Lydiard streets. The full menu will be available, as well as a $20 two-course meal deal . Doors open about 6pm if you’d like to dine early.

The event encourages poets, writers and raconteurs to share their work, or favourite pieces by others, for five-minute open mic sessions. The theme isn’t compulsory.

Enter via Mair St. Take in the air in the beer garden. Enjoy the show from couches, the tables or a seat by the bar. Gold coin donation appreciated. Performances begin from 7pm.

This is a great opportunity to road test new material, celebrate a success or share some inspiration, or simply enjoy a diverse range of spoken word.

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

August recordings come with a touch of India

We were very pleased to welcome Amit Dahiyabadshah, visiting from New Delhi, as a guest poet in August.

Sample the eleven offerings of flash fiction, poetry and memoir, most under five minutes, and also watch a video capturing much of Amit’s performance.

We’ll be “taking flight” in September. Feel free to join us for an uplifting night of spoken word (and a tasty dinner, too, for the peckish).

Laura Wilson shares a story of an awful stench at the August WOL.

Laura Wilson shares a story of an awful stench at the August WOL.

September edition – taking flight

words out loud for september 2018We’re getting some spring wind beneath our wings (not hard to do in Ballarat!) and ‘taking flight’ in September.

The September 20 event will be held at the Printers Room, in the basement of Sebastiaans at the corner of Mair and Lydiard streets. The full menu will be available, as well as a $20 two-course meal deal (there might, or might not, be golden syrup dumplings for dessert). Doors open about 6pm if you’d like to dine early.

The spoken word event encourages poets, writers and raconteurs to share their work, or favourite pieces by others, for five-minute open mic sessions on the third Thursday of each month (except October, when we’re running a week early). The theme isn’t compulsory.

Enter via Mair St. Drink and food available before and during. Take in the (chilly) air in the beer garden. Enjoy the show from couches, the tables or a seat by the bar. Gold coin donation appreciated. Performances begin from 7pm.

This is a great opportunity to road test new material, celebrate a success or share some inspiration, or simply enjoy a diverse range of spoken word.

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

Amit Dahiyabadshah a guest in August

Amit DahiyabadshahWe’re pleased to welcome Amit Dahiyabadshah to Words Out Loud on August 16, where he’ll be pulling a guest slot of fabulous poetry from his diverse catalogue!

Amit is visiting from New Delhi, where he founded Delhi Poetree in 2000 – “arguably Asia’s most successful poetry mission hosting a reading a day for 10 years” (read more about it here). Whew!

Amit’s impressive bio says he has made his living from poetry for 25 years. He writes every day and has featured in 20 collections and anthologies of poetry.

In 2005 he was designated Poet Laureate by the Senior Environment Corps, Center in the Park, G Town Philadelphia. His epic poem ‘The Last Will of the Tiger’ for NDTV was used to raise several million dollars to save the tiger. Later, the global rights to the poem were acquired by a media house for the highest sum ever paid for a single poem.

We are very pleased to have him join us at the Printers Room, 7-9pm. More details here.

 

Vale Susie Surtees

Friends, I’m sorry to be sharing the news that we have lost a shining talent.

Writer and artist Susie Surtees died suddenly this week, aged 65.

Susie started the Word Banquet group in Ballarat this year, and was a recent attendee at Words Out Loud, reading a wonderfully entertaining piece.

It took only one meeting with Susie to know her as a woman of intellect and energy, and we at Words Out Loud feel the loss of being denied the opportunity to get to know her better creatively and as a beautiful human being.

I’m sure our WOL community will join with me in offering our condolences to Susie’s family and friends. Her daughter, Jane, has left a lovely tribute on Susie’s Facebook page, which illuminates the vivid life Susie led and the lives she touched.

Jane asks in her post that people set a place at the table for Susie, and we will do just that at August’s Words Out Loud in tribute to a friend well met and too soon departed.

– Jason Nahrung