May’s edition fell only two days before the federal election, but we were glad to see a broad approach to the theme of ‘ticking the boxes’ from those who chose to accept the challenge. The night also featured a poetic tribute to Les Murray, who died on April 29 after a stellar career.
Listen to a selection of May’s Words Out Loud performances
In June we are marking winter with a theme of ‘cold comfort’, only two days before the solstice. Warm up with comforting spoken word on June 20!
Taya Maniatopoulos at May’s Words Out Loud
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.
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.
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):
Laura E. Goodin
Jason Nahrung (MC)
Heather Whitford Roche
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.
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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.
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
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!