We have a home, from April

A teaser for our new venue, beginning April 16.

We are pleased to have been able to find a new home for Words Out Loud’s monthly events in Ballarat, starting from our April 16 edition. But we’re not announcing it officially until this month’s event, our road trip to Creswick! One exciting bit of news at a time, we figure.

The new digs can’t replace the Printers Room, the same way the Printers Room was a different space to Babushka, but the welcome is just as warm and supportive, and we’re confident the new venue will suit us just as well. We’re grateful to have found one so quickly after the Printers Room’s sudden closure and can’t wait to reveal it.

But first, Creswick, which is shaping up to be a great night at Odessa at Leaver’s Hotel on March 19!

Don’t forget, Harvest Festival is on at the same time, with the launch and art festival opening 5-7pm that night at Town Hall and Odessa hosting the Harvest Feast on March 20 ahead of a big weekend of events.

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.

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.

November’s edition was a cracker

A contingent of Weathering the Future writers at November's Words Out Loud.

A contingent of Weathering the Future writers at November’s Words Out Loud.

What a big finish for a huge year at Words Out Loud!

The November edition welcomed a feature presentation by 15 writers from the Weathering the Future art exhibition (at Ballarat’s Backspace Gallery in December), and it set the scene for a cracking night of spoken word.

Nineteen performers took the stage, including former Ballarat wordsmith Andrew Sutherland, in from Shanghai. Audio from the night will be uploaded in coming weeks.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the event throughout the year, whether as performer or audience. We’ve found a happy home at the Printers Room and we appreciate the support of Nigel and his crew in making the event such a success. Enjoy your summer break — and get those words ready for next year!

Words Out Loud returns in January at the Printers Room, every third Thursday barring December. Advance notice: the theme for 17 January is ‘summer sizzlers’ for those who like to play along. It’s gonna be hot!