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.

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.

Snapshot Series at the Ballarat Foto Biennale

Words Out Loud is extremely pleased to have been accepted as a fringe event at the Ballarat Foto Biennale.

The Snapshot Series is a three-event series celebrating the power of photographs to trigger story, whether real or fantastical.

The three events each target a theme, and are headlined by special guests with opportunities for writers, poets and storytellers to also be involved.

We are honoured to have Alicia Sometimes, Jenny Valentish and Jessica Wilkinson lead the charge.

Alicia will headline the Thursday night event on September 19, Windows to the Past, with a theme of history.

Jenny will headline at our Saturday afternoon event on October 5, Mirrors of Ourselves, with a theme of family.

And Jessica will headline the Thursday night event on October 17, Gateways to Elsewhere, with a theme of travel.

All will be held at the Printers Room, cnr of Lydiard and Mair streets, Ballarat. Poets, writers and storytellers are welcome to sign up for the open mic sections at each event, either performing to a photograph from their own collection, or simply to share their work in an unthemed, non-photographic section (time permitting). The Printers Room, under Sebastiaans, will be providing a full menu for those who would like to dine out or enjoy a nibble and a drink.

Full event details and instructions on how to be part of the open mic sections are available at the website.

Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival is loud and live in July

Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival 2019Words Out Loud is chuffed to be squeezing into the program for the Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival, which runs July 12-28 at various venues in the capital (and some outside it!).

The opening night event on Friday the 12th looks massive, and it just keeps on rolling from there.

So yes, our July event on the 11th is also on the calendar, for those who want to warm up for the big events!

Booktown audio to break the poll tension

Words Out Loud writers set for Clunes Booktown, 2019

Words Out Loud ran a showcase event at Clunes Booktown festival on May 5, and you can now listen to the performances.

Writers from the Ballarat region (and one ring-in, who has graced our stage before) shared short pieces of poetry, fiction and memoir at the free event on the Petanque Stage. Taking the stage were:

Craig Coulson (Mt Egerton)
Laura E. Goodin (Melbourne)
Kirstyn McDermott (Ballarat)
Bob McKinnon (Clunes)
David Mellows (Creswick)
Jason Nahrung (MC, Ballarat)
Rhonda Poholke (Beaufort)
Megan Riedl (Ballarat)
Frank Thompson (Creswick)
Heather Whitford Roche (Ballarat)

Audio from the day is now available if you’d like to listen to something other than pundits while the federal election votes are counted today! You can find the recordings here.

Words Out Loud Does Clunes Booktown

Now that the official program is out, we are pleased to announce that Words Out Loud will be appearing at Clunes Booktown festival!

Performers from the Ballarat region (and one ring-in, who has graced our stage before) will be sharing short pieces of poetry, fiction and memoir in a free event at the Petanque Stage on Sunday 5 May, 10-11am.

Taking the stage will be (in alphabetical order, not necessarily the order on the day):

    Craig Coulson
    Laura E. Goodin
    Kirstyn McDermott
    Bob McKinnon
    David Mellows
    Jason Nahrung (MC)
    Rhonda Poholke
    Megan Riedl
    Heather Whitford Roche
    Frank Thompson

Not a bad way to start off your morning before some serious book browsing and partaking of literary inspiration!

And if you’re at Booktown on the Saturday, 4 May, keep an eye out for WOL co-convenor Kirstyn McDermott, sharing insights about Victoria as a state of writing with Tony Birch, Alicia Sometimes, Josh Pomare and chair Michelle Scott-Tucker. That’s a ticketed event in the Town Hall at 2.30pm.

Share the word with our Facebook event.