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.

November audio is online

Kirstyn McDermott brings some visual art to her Weathering the Future reading at November's Words Out Loud

Kirstyn McDermott brings some visual art to her Weathering the Future reading at November’s Words Out Loud

As mentioned here previously, November’s edition was a huge night; despite the theme of ‘eroding confidence’ it was a wonderful way to see out the year!

You can wrap your ears around a selection of the performances, including a preview of the amazing work by district writers as part of the Weathering the Future exhibition. While the flash fiction and poetry was written in response to works of art, they stand up brilliantly by themselves. So much fun!

Have a listen to November’s edition here.

Stay tuned for 2019, when we start with a ‘summer sizzle’ on 17 January.

The future begins now

Welcome to Weathering the Future, an art exhibition in Ballarat, Victoria, incorporating the talents of the Soldiers Hill Artist Collective, Central Highlands writers, and third-year communication design students from Federation University Australia’s Arts Academy.

The project is a dual ekphrastic process in which the artists of SHAC will respond to the theme of “Weathering the Future”, looking at the hurdles and innovations we face at the beginning of the Anthropocene. Writers at various stages of career will respond to those artworks in flash fiction and poetry. Those written works will be embodied in text art by the Arts Academy students. All will be presented at an exhibit at Ballarat’s Backspace Gallery, in Camp St, in December 2018.

Sound interesting? We’ve got more planned, so if you’d like to stay in touch, please sign up or our mailing list to keep informed of progress updates, and also details for the official launch on Saturday, December 8.

Weathering the Future is curated by Kirstyn McDermott and Jason Nahrung, the convenors of Words Out Loud in Ballarat.