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.

On the hop in April

Words Out Loud is “hopping to it” for our Easter Thursday edition.

Wordsmiths are invited to respond to the theme — or 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 April 18

Time: doors 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.

Finding balance in March

Words Out Loud March event posterWords Out Loud is looking for balance at its March edition, drawing on the grand confluence of the equinox, Harmony Day and World Poetry Day!

Wordsmiths are invited to respond to the theme of “all things in balance” — or 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: March 21

Time: doors 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.

Pull heart strings in February

Words Out Loud is sharing its heart in February, no strings attached, with the non-compulsory theme of “heart strings”. Make of that what you will, or 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: February 21

Time: doors 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.

Sizzling spoken word in January

Words Out Loud is making a hot start to 2019 at its January edition, with a non-compulsory theme of “summer sizzlers”. Make of that what you will, or 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: January 17

Time: doors 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.

Closure

 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.

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.