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.

Playing with heart strings

Heather Roche at February's Words Out Loud

Heather Roche at February’s Words Out Loud

A comfortably full house was on hand to hear a packed program pull at the heart strings at February’s edition of Words Out Loud. A selection of the performances is now available for your listening pleasure. Thirteen morsels of flash fiction, poetry, memoir, and extracts, each up to five minutes. Tasty!

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

Hear more live, when we mark the confluence of the autumn equinox, World Poetry Day and Harmony Day at the March edition on the 21st!

 

Bob McKinnon at February's Words Out Loud

Bob McKinnon at February’s Words Out Loud

 

Finding balance in March

Words Out Loud March event posterWords Out Loud is looking for balance at its March edition, drawing on the grand confluence of the equinox, Harmony Day and World Poetry Day!

Wordsmiths are invited to respond to the theme of “all things in balance” — or 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: March 21

Time: doors 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.

Wrap your ears around our summer sizzlers

Rhonda Cotsell at January's Words Out Loud

Rhonda Cotsell at January’s Words Out Loud

A bumper crowd was on hand to hear our sizzling summer performances at January’s edition. A selection of the performances is now available for your listening pleasure. Eleven morsels of flash fiction, poetry, memoir, and extracts, each up to five minutes. Tasty!

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

Hear more live, when we pluck the “heart strings” at February’s edition on the 21st!

Pull heart strings in February

Words Out Loud is sharing its heart in February, no strings attached, with the non-compulsory theme of “heart strings”. Make of that what you will, or 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: February 21

Time: doors 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.

Sizzling spoken word in January

Words Out Loud is making a hot start to 2019 at its January edition, with a non-compulsory theme of “summer sizzlers”. Make of that what you will, or 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: January 17

Time: doors 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.

November audio is online

Kirstyn McDermott brings some visual art to her Weathering the Future reading at November's Words Out Loud

Kirstyn McDermott brings some visual art to her Weathering the Future reading at November’s Words Out Loud

As mentioned here previously, November’s edition was a huge night; despite the theme of ‘eroding confidence’ it was a wonderful way to see out the year!

You can wrap your ears around a selection of the performances, including a preview of the amazing work by district writers as part of the Weathering the Future exhibition. While the flash fiction and poetry was written in response to works of art, they stand up brilliantly by themselves. So much fun!

Have a listen to November’s edition here.

Stay tuned for 2019, when we start with a ‘summer sizzle’ on 17 January.

November’s edition was a cracker

A contingent of Weathering the Future writers at November's Words Out Loud.

A contingent of Weathering the Future writers at November’s Words Out Loud.

What a big finish for a huge year at Words Out Loud!

The November edition welcomed a feature presentation by 15 writers from the Weathering the Future art exhibition (at Ballarat’s Backspace Gallery in December), and it set the scene for a cracking night of spoken word.

Nineteen performers took the stage, including former Ballarat wordsmith Andrew Sutherland, in from Shanghai. Audio from the night will be uploaded in coming weeks.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the event throughout the year, whether as performer or audience. We’ve found a happy home at the Printers Room and we appreciate the support of Nigel and his crew in making the event such a success. Enjoy your summer break — and get those words ready for next year!

Words Out Loud returns in January at the Printers Room, every third Thursday barring December. Advance notice: the theme for 17 January is ‘summer sizzlers’ for those who like to play along. It’s gonna be hot!