Words Out Loud Book Drive

If you’re going to say ‘never say die’, what better place than a cemetery? Our plan to join the Great Book Swap in support of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation was stymied last year, but the easing of restrictions means we are able to offer a new event in a COVIDSafe fashion.

Thanks to the generous support of The Gatehouse Ballarat, we will be offering books new and secondhand on a ‘pay what you want’ basis, with all money raised going to the ILF. Unfortunately, to comply with COVIDSafe restrictions, people will not be able to bring books to swap on the day.

The book drive will coincide with an open-air open mic series of WOL spoken word. This will be an unthemed event, but please be mindful of the likely audience on a Sunday afternoon in terms of material.

Please note: The Gatehouse will be open for drinks and scrumptious food, as well as offering an array of tasty merchandise.


When and where: Sunday 28 February, at The Gatehouse Ballarat, Ballarat New Cemetery, 1201 Lydiard St.

Book drive: 10am-2pm

WOL Gatehouse Pop-up event: 1-3pm

Register on the day for one of several sessions. Depending on the weather and any further COVID protocols, we may be using a marquee, or may be inside.

COVIDSafe guidelines: Guests will need to sign in either on paper or by QR code for contact-tracing purposes. Hand sanitiser will be available at entry. BYO bags for books. Please bring a face mask to ensure social distancing protocols (1.5m) are maintained. Numbers at the tables will be monitored for this purpose and to ensure a comfortable browsing experience.

People should not attend if unwell, exhibiting symptoms or have been instructed to self-isolate or quarantine.

Note: this event has been registered with the Victorian Government and a COVIDSafe plan lodged.

July podcast special – MSWFO edition

It’s our great pleasure to introduce this special edition of Words Out Loud, a podcast as part of the Melbourne Spoken Word Festival Online (which runs until 9 August 2020).

An extra-warm welcome to those contributors from outside the Central Highlands — it’s lovely to have you with us!

It’s a bumper edition, and some of the contributors have been able to add music and sound effects, making this a great show for us to go out on. Not forever — just while COVID-19 is making it difficult to conduct regular live performances. We will be back as soon as it is safe and practicable to do so.

Listen to the podcast here

Much thanks to all those who took the time to record work, however they could, and we look forward to getting back on stage with you all. Meantime, stay well, stay safe, and we’ll see you on the other side.

Jason and Kirstyn prepare WOL’s MSWFO podcast supervised by Lucy.