Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival is loud and live in July

Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival 2019Words Out Loud is chuffed to be squeezing into the program for the Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival, which runs July 12-28 at various venues in the capital (and some outside it!).

The opening night event on Friday the 12th looks massive, and it just keeps on rolling from there.

So yes, our July event on the 11th is also on the calendar, for those who want to warm up for the big events!

A shot in the dark in July

words out loud ballarat july 2019 event posterWords Out Loud takes ‘a shot in the dark’ as its theme for July.

Wordsmiths are invited to explore the theme or simply 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 July 11

Time: doors open 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.

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.

A warm reception for June

Words Out Loud embraces the onset of winter with the theme of “cold comfort” but be assured of a warm reception at our June edition.

Wordsmiths are invited to explore the theme or simply 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 June 20

Time: doors open 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.

Making a mark in May

Words Out Loud is “ticking the boxes” for our May edition.

Wordsmiths are invited to warm up for the federal election, go left field or simply ignore the theme 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 May 16

Time: doors open 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.

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.