May audio — ticking the boxes

May’s edition fell only two days before the federal election, but we were glad to see a broad approach to the theme of ‘ticking the boxes’ from those who chose to accept the challenge. The night also featured a poetic tribute to Les Murray, who died on April 29 after a stellar career.

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

In June we are marking winter with a theme of ‘cold comfort’, only two days before the solstice. Warm up with comforting spoken word on June 20!

 

Taya Maniatopoulos at May’s Words Out Loud

 

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.

A warm reception for June

Words Out Loud embraces the onset of winter with the theme of “cold comfort” but be assured of a warm reception at our June 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 June 20

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.

April audio — hopping to it

Zoe Werner at April’s Words Out Loud.

April’s WOL fell on Easter Thursday, and there were many good words — and chocolate eggs! Bounce back to the night with this selection of performances.

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

In May we are ‘ticking the boxes’, on the 16th, only two days before the federal election. Vote 1 spoken word!

 

Scott Woodard at April’s Words Out Loud.

 

Making a mark in May

Words Out Loud is “ticking the boxes” for our May edition.

Wordsmiths are invited to warm up for the federal election, go left field or simply ignore the theme 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 May 16

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.

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.

Audio of March’s balancing acts

Part of the World Poetry Day crowd at Words Out Loud.

Part of the World Poetry Day crowd at Words Out Loud.

The confluence of World Poetry Day, the autumn equinox and Harmony Day inspired March’s theme of “all things in balance”, and what a big night it was. Here is a smorgasbord of the night’s offerings — seventeen morsels of flash fiction, poetry, memoir, and extracts, each up to five minutes. Tasty!

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

Hear more live, when we get the jump on Easter with the April edition’s theme of “hop to it” on the 18th! Find out more here.