About jason nahrung

Raised on a Queensland cattle property, I now live in Melbourne, Australia. A newspaper journalist with more than 20 years' experience, my interests include writing, travel, reading, photography and drinking coffee.

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

August edition – winter warmers

Winter warmers theme for august words out loudWe’re turning up the heat for August’s edition with the theme of ‘winter warmers’.

The August 16 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 (dessert: maple syrup dumplings). 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.

Words On Theme

Words On Theme collated by Craig CoulsonWell, this is special!

Launched at the July edition, Words On Theme is the brainchild and love child of regular performer Craig Coulson. He has collated 15 flash fiction and poetry pieces from nine Words Out Loud performers, all on theme from the past two years, most from the heady days at dear Babushka.

Rebecca Fletcher and Cameron Fletcher formatted the handsome chap book, which was printed at HighTech Printing in Ballarat.

Craig is selling the booklet for $5. We had an early Christmas at the July edition, but the real deal is fast approaching … so see Craig at the next edition if you’d like a copy or three!

Tune in to June recordings

Audio recordings of a selection of our performances are now available for your listening pleasure. The edition on June 21 — the winter solstice — was huge, with nineteen performers taking the stage before a packed house. Sample the twelve offerings of flash fiction, poetry and memoir, most under five minutes. (We cut first-timers some slack in June.)

The July event will be rather festive with a “Christmas comes early” theme — click here for details!
 
Words Out Loud June 2018

Christmas comes early in July

July 2018 Words Out LoudWhat a bumper crowd we had at last night’s Words Out Loud! A wonderfully eclectic set of 19 performances, warmly and generously received.

On 19 July, we’re getting festive with the theme of “Christmas comes early”!

The 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 Christmas meal deal. Chef Nigel is planning an extra treat – a limited number of plum puddings with a coin inside, and a prize for the diner who snares the highest denomination (don’t swallow it now, and mind the teeth!). 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.