Poetry in Public
On Saturday the 5th of August, I read my poem A Taste of Cindy (see below) at the Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne, as part of the Overload Poetry Festival.
Thanks so much to everyone who made it down, and to everyone who sent their best wishes! All the encouragement made a big difference.
The short report: great event, great turnout, some very talented poets, plenty of wows, laughs and surprises! I'm sure those who witnessed it will agree that it was plenty of fun.
Featured poets for the event were Grant Caldwell, Lee Kofman & Justin Beal (WA), all of whom captivated the crowd. I was one of eight Victorian Writers' Centre poets who took part, along with poets from Prahran Mission. As expected, the audience was treated to a diversity of voices and styles.
The Overload Poetry Festival has much more in store, so check the program here if you haven't already:
The Doris Leadbetter Poetry Cup.
It turns out that I'll actually be appearing in another festival event: The Doris Leadbetter Poetry Cup.
When: Saturday 19 August, 7pm
Where: New Ballroom, Trades Hall, corner of Lygon & Victoria streets
Cost: $7 on the door
What: Approximately 40 poets will each have 1 minute to "prove themselves" to the judges and audience, battling it out for the $2,000 cash prize.
Why: Er... why not?
Expect: short, snappy, high-shutter-speed poetry, and much performative nuttiness.
Full info here: http://www.overloadpoetry.com/festival-program/190806/190806-1900/
I'll also be taking part in live readings down the track, including one to launch the next issue of local experimental writing/art magazine Unusual Work (date TBC), and one for the Victorian Writers' Centre's Christmas Party on 5 December. More details on those later...
Below: Reading A Taste of Cindy at Fed Square (photo by Monica Barratt).