April edition – call-out for podcast edition

As COVID-19 continues to cast its shade, we’re going online for our editions until we can reconvene by the bar!

APRIL EDITION

We are inviting submissions for our inaugural Words Out Loud Podcast Edition, to be released on the scheduled date of our April outing, April 16.

Our theme for the evening is ‘underneath the radar’, but works composed for our cancelled March edition are also very welcome. Wordsmiths are invited to explore the theme or simply ignore it altogether.

As this is going to be a podcast uploaded to the Words Out Loud website, rather than a more ephemeral live event, we have a few guidelines that we would ask you to follow:

1. Please keep the recordings to 5 minutes or less. We’re not editing these, so if they are too long, they simply won’t be included.

2. You can record in any way you can as long as it produces an MP3 file to send via email (wordsoutloudballarat AT gmail.com). Phone recordings are fine.

3. Please try to keep your material to a (somewhat permissive) PG rating. A bit of swearing here and there is fine, as are subtle adult themes. But if your work is likely to make a 12-year-old cry or wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, then maybe save it for when the live events resume. Editorial discretion will be applied in deciding whether to include pieces in the podcast.

4. You need to either read your own work, or else have permission in writing from the author to read their work (forwarded to us via email).

5. All submissions must be received no later than midnight, Sunday 12 April, 2020. We intend to make the podcast live on Thursday, 16 April, when Words Out Loud was scheduled.

And if you want to include a photo along with your recording, feel free. It can be of yourself, something related to your work, or just an image that reflects these strange news days and how you’re getting through them. We’d love to see what you’re doing with yourselves and might even put some of them up on the website to accompany the podcast. As with recordings, please make sure these are your own work.

PLEASE NOTE:

By submitting your audio file to wordsoutloudballarat@gmail.com, you are giving consent for the audio to be included in Words Out Loud: The Podcast and published, in full or in part, on the Words Out Loud Ballarat website and promoted on the WOL Facebook page. While all intellectual property rights related to the recording and its contents will remain with the author, you are agreeing to grant Words Out Loud non-exclusive publication rights to the audio recording itself. By submitting the audio file, you are affirming that the copyright of the contents is owned by yourself, or else have included written permission from the copyright holder.

If you submit an image file along with your audio, you are giving consent for the image to be published on the Words Out Loud Ballarat website and promoted on the WOL Facebook page – unless you specifically instruct otherwise. You are also affirming that the copyright of the image is owned by yourself. All intellectual property rights will remain with the image owner.

Keep in touch: at facebook.com/wordsoutloud or join our mailing list.

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.

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.

A taste of the Future at Words Out Loud

Writers from Weathering the Future at Words Out Loud in November

Writers from Weathering the Future at Words Out Loud in November

Fifteen of Weathering the Future’s writers presented their work at Words Out Loud on Thursday 15 November, and what really stood out was how effective these pieces are as standalones.

We’re looking forward to seeing how the written works are enhanced in the gallery when they are placed next to their corresponding art works.

Kirstyn McDermott brought art into the reading, folding up her poem as she read it, a correlation to her art work, which employs many pieces of paper folded into shapes and strung together. It’s an impressive piece that needs to be seen in the flesh.

Writers from Weathering the Future at November's Words Out Loud

Kirstyn McDermott at November’s Words Out Loud

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!

Words Out Loud shines a light on the longest night

june words out loud posterWords Out Loud dives into the winter solstice on Thursday June 21 at the Printers Room, in the basement of Sebastiaans at the corner of Mair and Lydiard streets.

Mark the theme of “out of the night” as the wheel of the year turns, or not, with prose, poetry and stories, or simply enjoy the evening in the warm and welcoming Printers Room and the company of fellow wordsmiths and word lovers.

The full menu will be available, as well as a $20 two-course meal deal, so you can nourish body as well as mind and, dare we say it, soul.

The spoken word event encourages poets, writers and raconteurs to share their work, or favourite pieces by others, for five-minute open mic sessions on the third Thursday of each month (unless otherwise advertised). The theme isn’t compulsory.

Enter via Mair St. Drink and food available before and during. Take in the (chilly) air in the beer garden. Enjoy the show from couches, the tables or a seat by the bar. Gold coin donation appreciated. Performances begin from 7pm.

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.

Keep in touch at facebook.com/wordsoutloud or join our mailing list.

Words Out Loud gets starry-eyed in May

poster for may edition of words out loud in ballaratWords Out Loud looks up for inspiration in May, whether to the heavens or simply the fairy light-festooned ceiling of the Printers Room. It might be that the dinner special of hearty stews and damper, and perhaps a few other bush treats, had an influence too, in setting the theme to “under the Milky Way”.

No need to pitch a tent or stoke the camp fire, though: pitch a piece of prose, poetry or yarn of up to five minutes, and stoke the creative juices instead! Theme’s not your thing? No worries — it isn’t compulsory. And non-performers are very welcome to join us to simply enjoy the night’s offering of spoken word.

The May edition runs 7-9pm on Thursday May 17 at the Printers Room, in the basement of Sebaastians at the corner of Mair and Lydiard streets. The dinner special is $20, and the full menu is also available, along with a well-stocked bar.

The spoken word event encourages poets, writers and raconteurs to share their work, or favourite pieces by others, for five-minute open mic sessions on the third Thursday of each month (unless otherwise advertised).

Enter via Mair St. Drink and food available before and during. Take in the air in the beer garden. Enjoy the show from couches, the tables or a seat by the bar. Gold coin donation appreciated.

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.

Keep in touch at facebook.com/wordsoutloud or join our mailing list.

Need further inspiration for May’s theme? The Church may answer your prayer: