April edition – call-out for podcast edition


*updated: email address for subs now fixed! We’re sorry if this has frustrated anyone trying to submit*

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 (wolballarat 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.

We have a home, from April

A teaser for our new venue, beginning April 16.

We are pleased to have been able to find a new home for Words Out Loud’s monthly events in Ballarat, starting from our April 16 edition. But we’re not announcing it officially until this month’s event, our road trip to Creswick! One exciting bit of news at a time, we figure.

The new digs can’t replace the Printers Room, the same way the Printers Room was a different space to Babushka, but the welcome is just as warm and supportive, and we’re confident the new venue will suit us just as well. We’re grateful to have found one so quickly after the Printers Room’s sudden closure and can’t wait to reveal it.

But first, Creswick, which is shaping up to be a great night at Odessa at Leaver’s Hotel on March 19!

Don’t forget, Harvest Festival is on at the same time, with the launch and art festival opening 5-7pm that night at Town Hall and Odessa hosting the Harvest Feast on March 20 ahead of a big weekend of events.

March edition – now at Creswick

With the sudden demise of the Printers Room, our wonderful home of the past two years, we’re hitting the road to relocate this month’s edition. Far from being a ‘road to nowhere’, as our theme for the month suggests, it is rather a road to somewhere very pleasant indeed: Odessa at Leaver’s Hotel in Creswick!

We’ve been wanting to run an event at this sumptuous, eclectic venue for some time, and now is the time!

Wordsmiths are invited to explore the themes or simply ignore them 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.

Date: Thursday March 19

Time: Doors open about 6.30pm, words from 7pm

Venue: Odessa at Leaver’s Hotel, 80 Albert St, Creswick.

Transport: Ballarat attendees, please get in touch if you need a lift, and we will try to arrange car pooling or, if there’s enough demand, a mini-bus.

Performances: Sign up on the night – a maximum of 5 minutes each.

Eat and drink: The menu is available for dinner or snacks, and the well-stocked bar is open.

Cost: Free, with a gold coin donation appreciated.

Bonus: The Creswick Harvest Festival opens on March 19, with the official launch and art show opening in the Town Hall virtually next door to Odessa from 5-7pm. Do pop in beforehand and check it out.

We intend to be back in Ballarat with a regular venue from April, with a couple of possibilities being investigated. Stay tuned.

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

March edition – Road to Nowhere

WHAT THE DICKENS: Congratulations to WOL regular David Mellows, the first to flag the underlying theme for our monthly editions this year. His powers of perception were rewarded with an ABC Music CD of Charles Dickens ghost stories … that might be handy come October!

As the ’80s music continues to power our writing prompts, March picks up from the broken hearts and romance gone wrong of February’s ‘Tainted Love’ with a ‘Road to Nowhere’. We promise, things will get brighter down the track!

We were also very pleased to see a handful of new faces in the crowd and on the stage.

Wordsmiths are invited to explore the themes or simply ignore them 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.

Date: Thursday March 19

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, Ballarat. 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.

Performances: Sign up on the night – a maximum of 5 minutes each.

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.

Zoe Werner at February’s Words Out Loud

February edition – Tainted Love

Scott Woodard at January’s Words Out Loud.

January’s Words Out Loud, with a theme of “Great Southern Land”, raised $111.85 in the donation jar for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. We were so grateful for the generosity, and have topped that up to an even $150.

Bushfires and environmental degradation were a common theme on the night. If you’re on Facebook, Megan J. Riedl has posted a video of the powerful poem she performed on the night, “Cartographers of Othering“.

We point out that fires have affected each state and territory, and continue to threaten. Also drought and floods. So the season of giving is far from over.

On an arguably brighter note, February’s theme is “Tainted Love”. 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.

Date: Thursday February 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, Ballarat. 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.

Performances: Sign up on the night – a maximum of 5 minutes each.

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.

January edition – Great Southern Land

January Words Out Loud posterWords Out Loud returns for 2020 with the theme of “Great Southern Land”.

Wordsmiths are invited to explore the theme or simply ignore it altogether.

Note that January’s edition is a week later than usual, but we hope to maintain the schedule of the 3rd Thursday of the month for the rest of the year (except December).

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.

Date: Thursday January 23

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, Ballarat. 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.

Performances: Sign up on the night – a maximum of 5 minutes each.

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.

End-of-year break

Rachel O'Neill at Words Out Loud in 2018

Rachel O’Neill at Words Out Loud in 2018

There is no event in December, but we return on January 23 (NOTE: a week later than the usual 3rd Thursday) at the wonderful Printers Room for more spoken word bonhomie.

November’s edition was a tad quieter than usual, but we’re happy to announce that Rachel O’Neill was named ‘most prolific themester’ for the year in a tight field. If you’d like to hit the ground running for the new year, the non-compulsory theme for January is “great southern land”.

2019 was a huge year at Words Out Loud, with several special events adding to the excitement of some action-packed nights at the regular evenings. We’re looking forward to the “They Are Us” collaboration with Soldiers Hill Artist Collective in the new year.

Unfortunately, we’ve had some wobbles with a new sound system that has meant we haven’t been able to post audio from the last couple of editions. We’ll be giving that some thought over the break.

Our gratitude goes to Nigel and his crew at the Printers Room, and everyone who has helped spread the word, taken part and come along to support Ballarat’s spoken word scene. Here’s to a safe and happy summer holiday season.