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.

End-of-year break

Rachel O'Neill at Words Out Loud in 2018

Rachel O’Neill at Words Out Loud in 2018

There is no event in December, but we return on January 23 (NOTE: a week later than the usual 3rd Thursday) at the wonderful Printers Room for more spoken word bonhomie.

November’s edition was a tad quieter than usual, but we’re happy to announce that Rachel O’Neill was named ‘most prolific themester’ for the year in a tight field. If you’d like to hit the ground running for the new year, the non-compulsory theme for January is “great southern land”.

2019 was a huge year at Words Out Loud, with several special events adding to the excitement of some action-packed nights at the regular evenings. We’re looking forward to the “They Are Us” collaboration with Soldiers Hill Artist Collective in the new year.

Unfortunately, we’ve had some wobbles with a new sound system that has meant we haven’t been able to post audio from the last couple of editions. We’ll be giving that some thought over the break.

Our gratitude goes to Nigel and his crew at the Printers Room, and everyone who has helped spread the word, taken part and come along to support Ballarat’s spoken word scene. Here’s to a safe and happy summer holiday season.

November edition – the dry season

poster for november words out loudWords Out Loud tackles the theme of “the dry season” at its November edition, the last event of the year.

Wordsmiths are invited to explore the theme or simply ignore it 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. Performances are limited to 5 minutes each. Sign up on the night.

We will also be announcing our themester of the year, so this is the last chance to snare the coveted title!

Date: Thursday November 21

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. 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.

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.

Spoken word at Smythesdale

Performers of prose, poetry and storytelling are invited to an open mic event at the Smythesdale Community Music and Art Fiesta on Sunday October 20.

It incorporates the Woady Words open mic poetry competition, with full details of that to be available on the day.

The event is at Throo the Gate Cafe, 42 Brooke St, from 2pm.

Inquiries to Barry on 0487 225 881 or barry@redechidnastudios.com

Check out the Facebook event.

August audio — breaking the ice

A packed house for the August edition saw a full program that included an ekphrastic piece and a slice of play. “Breaking the ice” proved a popular theme; the heaters were cranked up.

Listen to a selection of August’s Words Out Loud performances

On September 19 we are launching the Snapshot Series, combining photography and spoken word as part of the Ballarat Foto Biennale, but regular open mic slots will be available.

 

Mick Baker “breaking the ice” at Words Out Loud in August.

July audio — a shot in the dark

We were very pleased to welcome several new faces to the stage at July’s packed edition, and once again many performers targeted the theme for the evening, in this case ‘a shot in the dark’. This was also one of the opening events for the Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival, which runs until July 28.

Listen to a selection of July’s Words Out Loud performances

In August we are ‘breaking the ice‘ for our non-compulsory theme, on the 15th.

 

Alicat reads at July's Words Out  Loud.

Alicat reads at July’s Words Out Loud.


 

Breaking the Ice in August

Words Out Loud is ‘breaking the ice’ at its August edition.

Wordsmiths are invited to explore the theme or simply ignore it 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. Performances are limited to 5 minutes each. Sign up on the night.

Date: Thursday August 15

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. 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.

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.

Reading the Lifeline at Words in Winter

If all the world’s a stage, then we’re breaking down the big show into bite-sized acts. Five-minute acts, in fact, each one themed on a decade in a lifetime.

Words Out Loud is thrilled to be presenting Reading the Lifeline: an exquisite corpse as part of the Daylesford Words in Winter festival.

We’ve assigned five writers to each write about a decade in a lifetime, round robin style, but there’s a catch – the last line of each piece must be the first line of the piece that follows, including that of the very last reading.

Join our delvers Rebecca Fletcher, Kirstyn McDermott, Jason Nahrung, Megan Riedl and Zoe Werner as they peel back the layers of human life, a decade at a time, while celebrating the connections between us all.

Reading the Lifeline is on Saturday 17 August at 6pm at the Daylesford Hotel, 2 Burke Square. $5 entry. There will be chapbooks available so you can revisit the exquisite corpse ‘in the flesh’. All welcome.