Friday, July 03, 2015

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! - Wednesday 15 July, 7:30pm @ The Phoenix


BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is the Poetry Slam, that means you get 2 minutes on stage with no props or music with your original material for prizes! 1st prizes!
And victory!
Or defeat
tragic - tragic defeat.

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is the Poetry Slam, that means you the audience with your yelling arms, your yelling legs, your yelling heads, all for victory!
Or defeat
tragic - tragic defeat.

And this month it is open season on the Australian Poetry Slam, which means BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is the heat one for the Australian Poetry Slam, yes, who will go through as victors to face more victors in a battle to decide who will be more victors, yes victors!?

Defeat! Victory! Poetry!

And we have feature acts!

Reuben Ingall
Reuben Ingall is a music-maker from Canberra, Australia. Born in 1986, Ingall began self-releasing music in 2003. He has produced music in a wide range of styles, from soundscapes to glitch beats to what he terms ‘sad pop’, often using guitar, voice, and field recordings as a starting point for iterative digital manipulation.’

Angela Peita
‘Angela Peita is a Brisbane based spoken word artist, workshop facilitator, producer and co-host of Ruckus Slam. She is a Queensland Poetry Slam finalist, two-time Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup semi-finalist, and Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival Slam 2013 people’s choice award winner. Angela has performed at events across Brisbane and the east coast of Australia. 2015 began with Angela’s debut at Woodford Folk Festival performing at several programmed events.’

And filling the Hadley Memorial Slots is Canberra's answer to William Shatner! The Flying V (aka Vermilion Sands aka Varisht Gosain).

So join BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! for poetry! Sign-up from 7:30pm or when the Score Adder says sign-up! Poetry slam at 8pm! It all ends at 11:30pm! And remember: no props, no music, your original material, victory, defeat, wear shoes.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Salt Room - Friday 17 July, 7:30pm @ Gorman Arts Centre

Brought to you by BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! in partnership with the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, the Salt Room is the poetry and performance night the Australian Capital Territory deserves.

Bringing together local, national and international writers and performers it showcases some of the best that poetry can be.

For this event we have brought together Melinda Smith, Stackhat, Danny Wild and Raphael Kabo.

All MCed by Joel Barcham and Andrew Galan

Read below for more information about each of our performers and follow this link for information about the event

Canberra local Melinda Smith won the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award for her fourth poetry collection, Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call (Pitt St Poetry, 2013). This year she has performed at the Sydney and Newcastle Writers' Festivals, and the National Folk Festival. Sometimes her poems are funny, sometimes they are about being female, and sometimes they contain adult themes. At least one of them is all three. Some text installations of hers are currently on show at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. She tweets as @MelindaLSmith and is definitely #notboring.

For over a decade I’ve been actively involved in the Australian music scene, exporting my experimental hip-hop style from my hometown of Queanbeyan to Sydney’s Inner-West and even parts of Brooklyn NYC.

Staying true to my DIY roots I do all my own producing, scratching, beat boxing, singing and rapping at home in my small bedroom studio.

In 2011 I was commissioned by The Redroom Poetry Company to score a soundtrack for ‘The Analogue Crusader’, an animation that won ‘Best Short Film’ and ‘Best Sound Design’ at the Lucky Film Festival and later went on to be screened at the Museum of Contemporary Art. As a direct result of the animations success, I was then asked to design a syllabus for The Redroom’s Unlocked Initiative, a program teaching poetry in federal prisons around NSW with a direct focus on Hip-Hop. An opportunity which also helped me secure my job as curator/host of Sydney’s longest running mobile spoken word event Caravan Slam.

Since then I’ve been featured on underground mix-tape ‘Free the Beats’, collaborated with world-renowned street artists Jodee Knowles and Anthony Lister, written feature articles for German Hip-Hop magazine HHV, had tracks used by T-World Magazine NYC and in recent times set up a regular live music program at Villawood Detention Centre called 'Rock the Boats'.

Danny Wild is a visual artist living and working in Canberra, Australia. Danny has a multi-faceted practice that spreads across audio, video, installation and performance. Repetition, routine and suburban life is at the core of Dannys practice. Recently, Danny has presented a number of site specific performances as part of You Are Here and Art, Not Apart art festivals, undertook the 2014 Canberra Contemporary Artspace Studio Residency Program and was a recipient of the Australia Council ArtStart Grant, with which he toured an audio visual performance work to New York and Canberra in late 2014.

I am a performer, writer, and reader of poetry, an author of short stories, a traveller, a wordsmith, a slam poet, a web designer and itinerant coder, a collector of mental paraphernalia, a maker of zines, an incubator of brain eggs, a very good cook, a rubbish actor, a passable playwright, a writer of love letters to cities, an excellent editor, and an ardent believer in the power of Shakespeare to cure all ills.
Photograph by Adam Thomas

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

The Salt Room

On 22 May, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! in partnership with the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres launched the Salt Room in the refurbished Gorman Main Hall of Gorman Arts Centre.
Scott Sandwich
Photograph by Adam Thomas
This first event featured the poised performance of Eleanor Jackson. We also had the barely contained grumpiness (wrapped in enthralling performance) of Scott Sandwich. And the finely agreeable Good Ghost Bill closed the night. I also featured, my performance described by Eleanor Jackson as, 'shambolic beauty and battery-acid wit.'

The Salt Room provides a good opportunity to present poetry in its varied forms from across Australia and overseas.
Eleanor Jackson, Scott Sandwich and Good Ghost Bill
Photograph by Adam Thomas
Here is a piece from each of my co-features on the night.

The next installment of the Salt Room is on Friday 19 July, with performances from Melinda Smith, Tim Kent, Danny Wild and Raphael Kabo.

This is a sample of the possibilities of the night from Danny Wild.

Thank you to the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres for partnering with BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! to support this ongoing event. And thanks to Joel Barcham for his smooth MCing in the guise of the Joker, and Amanda Coghlan for managing music, merchandise and the running order of the evening.

Monday, June 01, 2015


BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! gives you 2 minutes on stage with your original material, no props and no music for prizes!

Because BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is the Poetry Slam!

And BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! wants your words in the audience, at the bar, on the street with a cigarette, in the toilet with rolls or those little bits of paper and most importantly or least importantly we want your words on stage!

So we provide Audience, MCs, Judges, The Master of Conflict, Lights, Poets, Arms, Sounds, Legs, Prizes, Seats, Yelling, Bar, Stage, EP Launch, Poetry, The Score Adder, Benches, Murmuring, Meh-ing, Toilets, Floor, Feature Acts and Heckling and Cheering, and Scoring from 10 to Negative Infinity.

All for the glory of poetry, or you, or the first prizes, or going to the bar.

And this month’s feature acts are!

Charles J Quinn
“A thirty year old, chronically ill, genderqueer Charles J Quinn, decided to perform at every BAD!SLAM! for a year. They did and they were good, then awful, then okayish, then awful, and so continued until a few years later they had become the uniquely good and awful poet they are today. Charles J Quinn also enjoys daydreaming about marrying Data from Star Trek TNG and never updating their blog.”

And BABYFREEZE launching their EP Forever Together!

For Forever Together BABYFREEZE have roped in esteemed musicians to, “slather the lean arrangements in gold” and these musicians will be joining them to launch their new music.

This is what Handsome Luke has to say of BABYFREEZE.

“We’re…both hams, but in Babyfreeze it manifests in different ways. I stay hunched over my drum machine, dancing and singing to myself, lost in reverie. Nick stares down the audience, performing acrobatics, jumping and lunging across the stage. Meanwhile, I’ve also developed this habit of singing along to all of Nick’s parts – not into a microphone or anything, just for my own benefit. I’m not sure what an audience makes of it, but for me it’s like being in the band and performing karaoke at the same time.”

So join BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! at the Phoenix Pub, and remember! No props! No music! your original material! Two minutes! Poetry Slam!

Poets sign-up at 7:30pm, slamming at 8pm, it’s all over by 11:30pm.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Noted and You Are Here 2015

As a producer for Noted and You Are Here I was this year involved in several events, online and live, in addition to the day-to-day running of the festivals.

I curated Letters to the ACT, with poems published on the Noted website and in the You Are Here program. There are poems from Ryan ‘Skip’ Schipper, Matt Hetherington, Emily Stewart, Bela Farkas, Eleanor Malbon & Aaron Kirby, Charles J Quinn and Raphael Kabo. For this project I focussed heavily on Canberra writers with a present connection to the ACT and its live scene, every poet on that list has performed at BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! or other venues in our city.

With Farz Edraki from Rip Publishing, and Shane Breynard, Director of the Canberra Museum and GalleryI put up poetry in the North Building windows overlooking the ACT's Legislative Assembly. The project was titled Do you c what i c and was conceived by Shane. For this one I asked Matt Hetherington for a selection of poems as I knew that he could contribute writing that would capture an aspect of Canberra within the constraints of the limited space provided by the number of windows available for characters.

And I was interviewed by the
ABC alongside Ashley Thomson for Noted and wrote a short piece for the You Are Here website that that examined an aspect of what draws You Are Here and Noted together.

I also ran BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! with Joel Barcham and Amanda Coghlan, featuring Nicola Lambert, Inventi Ensemble and the roaring Beige Brown. 

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! at You Are Here and now Noted was a highlight for me during the festivals. It is unique night during the festivals that brings together curated artists with self-selected participants and a live critique of art and performance. 

This year BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! also worked with Feminartsy to program the event, to great success and it was heaps of fun. You can read the poem Sweet Skywale performed by Beige Brown as part of her feature set. She captured the audience with this poem and was an excellent programming choice from Feminartsy. We also featured our first classical music group with Inventi Ensemble popping up with a surprise performance, and had our first power-point presentation, coming from Nicola Lambert as part of the (I Hate You) For Sentimental Reasons series presented by You Are Here.

I was also interviewed by a University of Canberra journalism student about BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!- I am looking forward to seeing the results of that talk.

Finally, I brought to the festivals Bo Loserr with his Combat Truck. As a result he hosted theatre, performed a DJ set, and supported the staging of an excellent piece called Dishes on Lake Burley Griffin; all from his ex-Australian Army radio truck.

Bo Loserr's Combat Truck
Photograph by Adam Thomas
and You Are Here
There is still plenty to do to wrap-up both festivals but my next stops are the Australian National Folk Festival, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! in April, and then the Henry Lawson Festival.

The You Are Here 2015 team
Photograph by Adam Thomas
and You Are Here