April edition – call-out for podcast edition

As COVID-19 continues to cast its shade, we’re going online for our editions until we can reconvene by the bar!


We are inviting submissions for our inaugural Words Out Loud Podcast Edition, to be released on the scheduled date of our April outing, April 16.

Our theme for the evening is ‘underneath the radar’, but works composed for our cancelled March edition are also very welcome. Wordsmiths are invited to explore the theme or simply ignore it altogether.

As this is going to be a podcast uploaded to the Words Out Loud website, rather than a more ephemeral live event, we have a few guidelines that we would ask you to follow:

1. Please keep the recordings to 5 minutes or less. We’re not editing these, so if they are too long, they simply won’t be included.

2. You can record in any way you can as long as it produces an MP3 file to send via email (wordsoutloudballarat AT gmail.com). Phone recordings are fine.

3. Please try to keep your material to a (somewhat permissive) PG rating. A bit of swearing here and there is fine, as are subtle adult themes. But if your work is likely to make a 12-year-old cry or wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, then maybe save it for when the live events resume. Editorial discretion will be applied in deciding whether to include pieces in the podcast.

4. You need to either read your own work, or else have permission in writing from the author to read their work (forwarded to us via email).

5. All submissions must be received no later than midnight, Sunday 12 April, 2020. We intend to make the podcast live on Thursday, 16 April, when Words Out Loud was scheduled.

And if you want to include a photo along with your recording, feel free. It can be of yourself, something related to your work, or just an image that reflects these strange news days and how you’re getting through them. We’d love to see what you’re doing with yourselves and might even put some of them up on the website to accompany the podcast. As with recordings, please make sure these are your own work.


By submitting your audio file to wordsoutloudballarat@gmail.com, you are giving consent for the audio to be included in Words Out Loud: The Podcast and published, in full or in part, on the Words Out Loud Ballarat website and promoted on the WOL Facebook page. While all intellectual property rights related to the recording and its contents will remain with the author, you are agreeing to grant Words Out Loud non-exclusive publication rights to the audio recording itself. By submitting the audio file, you are affirming that the copyright of the contents is owned by yourself, or else have included written permission from the copyright holder.

If you submit an image file along with your audio, you are giving consent for the image to be published on the Words Out Loud Ballarat website and promoted on the WOL Facebook page – unless you specifically instruct otherwise. You are also affirming that the copyright of the image is owned by yourself. All intellectual property rights will remain with the image owner.

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


 Weathering the Future has ended its run at Backspace Gallery.

More than 300 people visited during that time, and some bought art, which was very gratifying!

Thanks to everyone who was able to visit, added to the “Precipice” piece, and left a comment on the wall.

Thanks too to the staff at both galleries who looked after us so well, and to the media and Facebook communities who helped spread the word.

A big thank you to the creative people who contributed to this project, whose energy and enthusiasm were truly inspirational.

This website will continue for some months yet, until digital nature takes its course and it too will weather away. Thank you for visiting!

The future is what we make it. Let’s not stop now.

A mystery here

Poem by Rhonda Cotsell, in response to a work in the Weathering the Future exhibition.

Poem by Rhonda Cotsell, in response to a work in the Weathering the Future exhibition.

It’s great to see some visitors to the exhibition taking the time to add chatterboxes to the hanging Precipice work, and also leave thoughts on the comment wall.

We were struck by this example from Rhonda Cotsell:

There is a mystery here
I recognise the skill
of weaving
It is the craftswoman in
the contrast of soft
white, pink tinged
Is it something on which
I have a right
to comment?
I don’t understand
what it is saying
but it suggests
death or maybe
food gathering?
I need to listen
if I am to use what words
I have
at my disposal,
my cultural

The exhibition is open today, Saturday 15 December, and tomorrow, Sunday 16 December, noon till 4pm, and again from Thursday 20 December to Sunday 23 December, noon till 4pm.

Installation is a happening thing

Ken and Lynne Makings with Backspace co-ordinator Melinda Muscat hanging Lynne's "Ginan..."

Ken and Lynne Makings with Backspace co-ordinator Melinda Muscat hanging Lynne’s “Ginan…” Picture: Ian Kemp

Weathering the Future is becoming an actual thing!

After more than 12 months’ of planning, the exhibition is being installed at Backspace gallery, ready for its opening on Thursday 6 December and official launch on Saturday 8 December.

The art really pops in person, and the interactive elements will give visitors an opportunity to be involved, too.

Do drop in to check it out and say hello to our friendly staffers!