Reading the Lifeline at Words in Winter

If all the world’s a stage, then we’re breaking down the big show into bite-sized acts. Five-minute acts, in fact, each one themed on a decade in a lifetime.

Words Out Loud is thrilled to be presenting Reading the Lifeline: an exquisite corpse as part of the Daylesford Words in Winter festival.

We’ve assigned five writers to each write about a decade in a lifetime, round robin style, but there’s a catch – the last line of each piece must be the first line of the piece that follows, including that of the very last reading.

Join our delvers Rebecca Fletcher, Kirstyn McDermott, Jason Nahrung, Megan Riedl and Zoe Werner as they peel back the layers of human life, a decade at a time, while celebrating the connections between us all.

Reading the Lifeline is on Saturday 17 August at 6pm at the Daylesford Hotel, 2 Burke Square. $5 entry. There will be chapbooks available so you can revisit the exquisite corpse ‘in the flesh’. All welcome.

Weathering the Future’s official launch is today!


 Weathering the Future launches today, 2-4pm, Saturday 8 December 2018, at Backspace Gallery, Camp St, Ballarat. Nibbles and drinks provided.

We are pleased to welcome Cr Belinda Coates as a representative of the City of Ballarat, whose community arts program has made the exhibition possible.

Art Gallery of Ballarat director Louise Tegart will do the official honours, especially apt as Backspace has recently been moved under the management of the Art Gallery.

As a special treat for the opening, Reuben Morgan will perform his instrumental piece “Mother Earth”, inspired by the exhibition theme.

As more than a year’s worth of planning comes to fruition, all are welcome to join us in this celebration. As the exhibition suggests, the future is being made now. Please enjoy these peeks at the possibilities!

Backspace Gallery is open today from noon, and from noon to 4pm, Thursdays to Sunday, until and including Sunday 23 December.

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!