April audio — hopping to it

Zoe Werner at April’s Words Out Loud.

April’s WOL fell on Easter Thursday, and there were many good words — and chocolate eggs! Bounce back to the night with this selection of performances.

Listen to a selection of April’s Words Out Loud performances

In May we are ‘ticking the boxes’, on the 16th, only two days before the federal election. Vote 1 spoken word!

 

Scott Woodard at April’s Words Out Loud.

 

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.

Audio of March’s balancing acts

Part of the World Poetry Day crowd at Words Out Loud.

Part of the World Poetry Day crowd at Words Out Loud.

The confluence of World Poetry Day, the autumn equinox and Harmony Day inspired March’s theme of “all things in balance”, and what a big night it was. Here is a smorgasbord of the night’s offerings — seventeen morsels of flash fiction, poetry, memoir, and extracts, each up to five minutes. Tasty!

Listen to a selection of March’s Words Out Loud performances

Hear more live, when we get the jump on Easter with the April edition’s theme of “hop to it” on the 18th! Find out more here.

 

 

Playing with heart strings

Heather Roche at February's Words Out Loud

Heather Roche at February’s Words Out Loud

A comfortably full house was on hand to hear a packed program pull at the heart strings at February’s edition of Words Out Loud. A selection of the performances is now available for your listening pleasure. Thirteen morsels of flash fiction, poetry, memoir, and extracts, each up to five minutes. Tasty!

Listen to a selection of Febuary’s Words Out Loud performances

Hear more live, when we mark the confluence of the autumn equinox, World Poetry Day and Harmony Day at the March edition on the 21st!

 

Bob McKinnon at February's Words Out Loud

Bob McKinnon at February’s Words Out Loud

 

Wrap your ears around our summer sizzlers

Rhonda Cotsell at January's Words Out Loud

Rhonda Cotsell at January’s Words Out Loud

A bumper crowd was on hand to hear our sizzling summer performances at January’s edition. A selection of the performances is now available for your listening pleasure. Eleven morsels of flash fiction, poetry, memoir, and extracts, each up to five minutes. Tasty!

Listen to a selection of January’s Words Out Loud performances

Hear more live, when we pluck the “heart strings” at February’s edition on the 21st!

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.

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.