Words Out Loud shines a light on the longest night

june words out loud posterWords Out Loud dives into the winter solstice on Thursday June 21 at the Printers Room, in the basement of Sebastiaans at the corner of Mair and Lydiard streets.

Mark the theme of “out of the night” as the wheel of the year turns, or not, with prose, poetry and stories, or simply enjoy the evening in the warm and welcoming Printers Room and the company of fellow wordsmiths and word lovers.

The full menu will be available, as well as a $20 two-course meal deal, so you can nourish body as well as mind and, dare we say it, soul.

The spoken word event encourages poets, writers and raconteurs to share their work, or favourite pieces by others, for five-minute open mic sessions on the third Thursday of each month (unless otherwise advertised). The theme isn’t compulsory.

Enter via Mair St. Drink and food available before and during. Take in the (chilly) air in the beer garden. Enjoy the show from couches, the tables or a seat by the bar. Gold coin donation appreciated. Performances begin from 7pm.

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.

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

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!

Words Out Loud gets starry-eyed in May

poster for may edition of words out loud in ballaratWords Out Loud looks up for inspiration in May, whether to the heavens or simply the fairy light-festooned ceiling of the Printers Room. It might be that the dinner special of hearty stews and damper, and perhaps a few other bush treats, had an influence too, in setting the theme to “under the Milky Way”.

No need to pitch a tent or stoke the camp fire, though: pitch a piece of prose, poetry or yarn of up to five minutes, and stoke the creative juices instead! Theme’s not your thing? No worries — it isn’t compulsory. And non-performers are very welcome to join us to simply enjoy the night’s offering of spoken word.

The May edition runs 7-9pm on Thursday May 17 at the Printers Room, in the basement of Sebaastians at the corner of Mair and Lydiard streets. The dinner special is $20, and the full menu is also available, along with a well-stocked bar.

The spoken word event encourages poets, writers and raconteurs to share their work, or favourite pieces by others, for five-minute open mic sessions on the third Thursday of each month (unless otherwise advertised).

Enter via Mair St. Drink and food available before and during. Take in the air in the beer garden. Enjoy the show from couches, the tables or a seat by the bar. Gold coin donation appreciated.

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.

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

Need further inspiration for May’s theme? The Church may answer your prayer:

 

Words Out Loud stays sharp in April

Words Out Loud for AprilWords Out Loud is honing its edgy verse and taking the steel to its prose, as it seeks to “stay sharp” for its outing on Thursday April 19 at the Printers Room, in the basement of Sebaastians at the corner of Mair and Lydiard streets.

With the year sliding into the colder, darker months, the Printers Room is joining the party with food specials: all-you-can-eat soups and hot pot, with a pavlova dessert, for a mere $20! Slurp tasty tucker as well as delicious words!

The spoken word event encourages poets, writers and raconteurs to share their work, or favourite pieces by others, for five-minute open mic sessions on the third Thursday of each month (unless otherwise advertised). The theme isn’t compulsory.

Enter via Mair St. Drink and food available before and during. Take in the air in the beer garden. Enjoy the show from couches, the tables or a seat by the bar. Gold coin donation appreciated. Performances begin from 7pm.

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.

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

March blast, and a booklet in the making


What a great turnout at the March edition on Thursday night! Fifteen performers and a pleasantly full room, and a wonderfully varied mix of subject matter (as always)! The theme of “shine a light” proved popular, as did a secondary vein of tree imagery 🙂

RECORDING: We also recorded the session, so in coming days we’ll be looking at uploading some snippets here for those who would like to hear more, as well as making the recordings available to the artists for their own use.

BOOKLET: Craig Coulson is putting together a collection of prose, poems and yarns presented to theme at Words Out Loud to date. Craig says it’s free to enter but there won’t be payment, with the booklets to be made available for sale at a modest price. Deadline for subs is April 30 — he won’t be editing, so check your punctuation! Let Craig know if it’s a reprint when you submit by email at janetcraigkcoulson AT outlook dot com dot au

PETER TEMPLE: Thanks to Frank Carrucan (on his debut at WOL!) for making sure the recent passing of Ballarat-based writer and Miles Franklin winner Peter Temple did not go unremarked. Peter, the creator of the Jack Irish books (made into a TV series starring Guy Pearce), was much acclaimed. Read more about his amazing career here.

April’s edition: will be announced online next week. Teaser: there will be soup!

BOOK LAUNCHES: 

WOL regular Heather Roche is launching her novel, Finding Eliza, in Majorca (VIC!) on April 22. More details here.

Snake Valley writer Carl Lakeland is having a double-barrel launch at the Printers Room of thrillers Eagle Shield and Project Amber on April 15. More details here.

Our generous host gets his green on for St Patrick’s Day behind the bar. There’ll be dinner specials starting in April!

 

Words Out Loud shines a light in March

words out loud in ballaratWords Out Loud is taking its inspiration from White Night Ballarat when it takes to the stage on March 15 at the Printers Room, in the basement of Sebaastians at the corner of Mair and Lydiard streets.

The spoken word event encourages poets, writers and raconteurs to share their work, or favourite pieces by others, for five-minute open mic sessions on the third Thursday of each month (unless otherwise advertised). The theme for March is “shine a light”, but it isn’t compulsory.

Enter via Mair St. Drink and food available before and during. Enjoy the show from couches, the tables or a seat by the bar. Gold coin donation appreciated.
Performances begin from 7pm.

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.

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