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Raised on a Queensland cattle property, I now live in Ballarat, Australia. A newspaper journalist with more than 30 years' experience, my interests include writing, editing, travel, reading, photography and drinking coffee.

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 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.

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.

March edition – now at Creswick

With the sudden demise of the Printers Room, our wonderful home of the past two years, we’re hitting the road to relocate this month’s edition. Far from being a ‘road to nowhere’, as our theme for the month suggests, it is rather a road to somewhere very pleasant indeed: Odessa at Leaver’s Hotel in Creswick!

We’ve been wanting to run an event at this sumptuous, eclectic venue for some time, and now is the time!

Wordsmiths are invited to explore the themes or simply ignore them altogether. 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 — poetry, prose or storytelling; read or recited; your own work or someone else’s.

Date: Thursday March 19

Time: Doors open about 6.30pm, words from 7pm

Venue: Odessa at Leaver’s Hotel, 80 Albert St, Creswick.

Transport: Ballarat attendees, please get in touch if you need a lift, and we will try to arrange car pooling or, if there’s enough demand, a mini-bus.

Performances: Sign up on the night – a maximum of 5 minutes each.

Eat and drink: The menu is available for dinner or snacks, and the well-stocked bar is open.

Cost: Free, with a gold coin donation appreciated.

Bonus: The Creswick Harvest Festival opens on March 19, with the official launch and art show opening in the Town Hall virtually next door to Odessa from 5-7pm. Do pop in beforehand and check it out.

We intend to be back in Ballarat with a regular venue from April, with a couple of possibilities being investigated. Stay tuned.

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

Closure of the Printers Room

printers room, at sebastiaans cafe, lydiard st ballaratFriends, we are sorry to report that our most affable and generous host, Nigel Burgess, has told us today (March 2) that he has not been able to come to terms for a renewed lease on the Printers Room and Sebastiaans and both are closing immediately.

We have put feelers out today to possible other venues and will keep searching for a suitable space in which to continue.

We will keep you informed here, through the newsletter and Facebook about developments.

We wish Nigel and his crew the very best and regret we won’t have the opportunity to see them out in style. They were very good to us indeed and helped WOL build on the solid foundation laid down at Babushka. Two excellent venues with marvellous hosts. Keep your fingers crossed for a third time lucky!

They Are Us is launched

Some of the audience at the launch of They Are Us at the Mercure Ballarat


The They Are Us collaborative ekphrastic art exhibition filled the room for its official opening on February 27, and it was quite a blast.

The exhibition reversed the usual ekphrastic process, having 20 Soldiers Hill Artist Collective members create art in response to short fiction and poetry by Central Highlands writers, operating under the WOL banner, on the theme of They Are Us.

The artists were randomly matched to the written works and created responses in a range of media, including painting, photography, woodwork and textiles.

Writer Jean Flynn at the They Are Us launch

Writer Jean Flynn reading her work, ‘What Would Jacinda Do’

The writers engaged with a broad range of subjects, from intergenerational meditations, warfare and immigration, to alien encounters and environmental concerns.

The combined works comfortably fill the generous space at the Lounge Gallery, Billy’s Bar, at the Mercure at 613 Main Rd, Ballarat, and the launch crowd comfortably filled the room! Lovely to see some red dots on the walls by the end of the evening, too!

City of Ballarat’s deputy mayor, Cr Belinda Coates, again showed her appreciation of not just the exhibition and the project’s collaborative nature, but the role of art itself at a defining time in history.

Reuben Morgan (of the BallaRat Pack), who composed a gorgeous piece for the previous WOL-SHAC collaboration Weathering the Future in 2018, has again written a bespoke theme piece. He was unfortunately unable to perform it on the night, but a recording of the work (about seven minutes in three movements) played during the launch shows a piece well worth a closer listen when it becomes available as he reflects on the refugee experience.

We’re particularly grateful to Radmac Office Choice in Ballarat for the generous donation of foam core board on which to display the written works and to Robert Young Signs for their contribution.

The exhibition runs from February 24 to April 5.

Artist Judith Bryce explains how she used writing by Jean Flynn as inspiration for a woven basket

Artist Judith Bryce explains how she used writing by Jean Flynn as inspiration for a woven basket laden with symbolism.

 

March edition – Road to Nowhere

WHAT THE DICKENS: Congratulations to WOL regular David Mellows, the first to flag the underlying theme for our monthly editions this year. His powers of perception were rewarded with an ABC Music CD of Charles Dickens ghost stories … that might be handy come October!

As the ’80s music continues to power our writing prompts, March picks up from the broken hearts and romance gone wrong of February’s ‘Tainted Love’ with a ‘Road to Nowhere’. We promise, things will get brighter down the track!

We were also very pleased to see a handful of new faces in the crowd and on the stage.

Wordsmiths are invited to explore the themes or simply ignore them altogether. 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 — poetry, prose or storytelling; read or recited; your own work or someone else’s.

Date: Thursday March 19

Time: Doors open about 6.30pm, words from 7pm

Venue: The Printers Room, in the basement of Sebastiaans at the corner of Mair and Lydiard streets, Ballarat. Enter from Mair. Note: the venue is stair-free. Take in the air in the beer garden. Enjoy the show from couches, the tables or a seat by the bar.

Performances: Sign up on the night – a maximum of 5 minutes each.

Eat and drink: The full menu is available, as well as a $20 two-course meal deal, with bar service.

Cost: Free, with a gold coin donation appreciated.

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

Zoe Werner at February’s Words Out Loud