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

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!

We have audio

Earl Livings at April's Words Out Loud

Visiting Melbourne poet Earl Livings at April’s Words Out Loud.


Recordings of a selection of performances from our March and April events are now available for your listening pleasure!

This is something we’re doing this year for the first time, to add another string to the bow of those fronting the mic each month. We’re absolutely thrilled with the way the event has grown over the past two and a bit years, and we hope this adds more value for our loyal and enthusiastic supporters.

Performers, if you would like a copy of your audio, just let us know and we can email it to you. If you’ve changed your mind about having it online, let us know and we can take it down.

You can listen to the March playlist here and the April playlist here. Additions will be posted under the Audio tab as the editions roll out.

The mic will be hooked up again for our May edition on the 17th, with a simpler permission slip to allow the recording to go online. Words Out Loud is even more out loud than usual!