Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The theme of the issue is Space

I have a new poem in the sixth issue of the zine Today, the voice you speak with may not be your own, the theme of the issue is Space.
Today, the voice you speak with may not be your own
The piece was developed from the astrophysics report Planet Hunters X. KIC 8462852 - Where's the Flux? and uses an online tool to apply a modified version of the S+7 Oulipo procedure invented by Jean Lescure.

The work has been published alongside pieces from Ian Gibbins, Elena Kotasvili, Nathan Shepherdson, Renee Vaughan Sutherland and Annie Te Whiu.
This is what the zine series creator Pascalle Burton has to say about the series, ‘The zine consists of the words, images and concepts of others. Expect found and visual poetry and collage, plus contributions from other artists and poets. Even the title of the zine series must be attributed to DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid.’

Friday, November 06, 2015

Bareknuckle Poet

Brisbane publisher Bareknuckle Books have put out the first of their annual anthologies, Bareknuckle Poet: Annual Anthology Volume 1 and I have two poems inside, along with poems from a selection of writers who have been previously published at the Bareknuckle Poet Journal of Letters the anthology also contains fiction, non-fiction and an essay.

One of the poems I have in there was published in an earlier iteration by Grapple Publishing in their Grapple Annual Volume 1; this current version has been heavily re-worked for my forthcoming book, for all the veronicas (The Dog Who Staid). You can read a bit about development of the poem and the manuscript during my residency at the Can Serrat International Art Centre in El Bruc, Catalonia.

The second poem had not previously been published and it too will be in my new book. The poem is titled Chinlips. It is inspired by time working at Victoria Barracks on Oxford Street in Sydney just before I moved to Canberra.

The main barracks block, Victoria Barracks, Sydney

The anthology features work from excellent writers who are close to me, such as David Stavanger, Matt Hetherington and Eleanor Jackson, as well as work from a host of names familiar from international and Australian publications, including John Tranter, Todd Swift and Samuel Wagon Watson.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Poetry in the Round - Friday 27 November, Civic Square

Brought to you by BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! in partnership with Aspen Island Theatre Company. This is Poetry in the Round.

Featuring the 2014 winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry, Melinda Smith, whose work appears in national and international journals, including the Best Australian Poems; Melinda’s most recent book is Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call, Pitt St Poetry, 2013.

Featuring multi-talented performance poet Scott Sandwich who rants, reads, and hip hops both awkward and epic. Scott has been a finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam, the Nimbin Poetry World Cup, and won the 2011 Woodford Folk Festival Poetry Slam.
Featuring Andrew Galan with poetry that is gut, direct, been described by reviewers as ‘riddled with satire. Andrew has featured at the Queensland Poetry, Woodford and National Folk festivals, his first book is That Place of Infested Roads (life during wartime), Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2013.

And featuring the audio-visual displays of Canberra artist Danny Wild (aka low flung). Danny is a founding member of audio visual collective ZONK Vision, undertook the 2014 Canberra Contemporary Art Space Studio Residency Program and is a recipient of an Australia Council ArtStart Grant. The night is MC’ed by stilt-walker and science educator extraordinaire, Joel Barcham. This is Poetry in the Round, a night bringing together local and national writers and performers.

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! runs nationally renowned poetry slam BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! at the Phoenix Pub, and in partnership with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres programs Canberra’s newest wildly successful night of feature poets, The Salt Room.

Monday, October 26, 2015

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! - Friday 18 November in the Phoenix Pub



The largest, longest running and most extra-terrestrial poetry slam across all space and time.


And because this is the poetry slam we have feature acts!

Feature act!

24 Hour Gym
Photo by Ian Powne
24 Hour Gym is an experimental musical and spoken word project by Pascalle Burton (vocals, synths) and Tessa Rose (vocals, breath). It is music for a complete workout of body and mind, with lyrics derived from both art criticism essays by women (for example, Cindy Sherman, Chris Kraus, Kim Gordon and Meredith Monk), and exercise videos.

Feature act!

Melinda Smith
Melinda Smith won the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry with her fourth collection, Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call (Pitt St Poetry, 2013). Her work has appeared in many local and overseas magazines and anthologies, including Best Australian Poems and Australian Love Poems, and on ABC Radio National’s Poetica. In 2015 she has appeared at the Sydney Writers, Newcastle Writers, and National Folk Festivals among others. She is based in Canberra, and blogs at

And filling the Hadley (RIP) Memorial Slots is Special Guest the infamous Brisbane Robot Hadley.

So join Andrew Gayland, The Master of Conflict, The Score Adder, and The Sacrificial Poet in the Phoenix Pub.

Signup from 7:30pm!
Poetry Slam from 8pm!
Prizes, glory, infamy, poetry, large, medium, negative infinity, space and time!
And it’s all over by 11:30pm!

And remember, two minutes, no props, your original material, for prizes, for glory, for poetry, for drinking in the Phoenix Pub.

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Salt Room - 20 November at the 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 Pascalle Burton (Brisbane), Adam Hadley (Brisbane), Suzanne Edgar (Canberra) and CJ Bowerbird (Canberra).

All MCed by Joel Barcham and Andrew Galan

Read below for more information about each of our performers.

Avant-garde performance-poet musician-lady, whose experimental manoeuvres with words and sound are usually founded in cultural theory and have been described as an ‘elegant dragnet’. Pascalle has performed at venues and festivals, both in Australia and overseas. Current projects include The Stress Of Leisure, Letter.Box.Stamp.Collect., The Outlandish Watch project (with collaborators Nathan Shepherdson and David Stavanger), the Golden Stapler Award nominated The Lavender Room Zine-in-a-Matchbox series and the accessories label TWENTY FIVE SEVENTY FIVE for The Lavender Room. Her debut poetry collection A Vast Laugh was released through Small Change Press in 2008. This year in collaboration with Nathan Sheperdson she created UN/SPOOL. 

Adam Hadley
Adam Hadley is a story teller, performance poet & MC. With his partner Tessa Rose he has hosted at Woodford Folk Festival and performed poetry about Twin Peaks to confused G20 protestors. He is one of the hive minds behind Brisbane’s story-slam Bad Slam No Memoir, and has had work published by Seizure Online, black & blue and Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary.

Suzanne Edgar
Suzanne Edgar’s recent books are Still Life and The Love Procession, both 2012. Her poems are in many anthologies including The Best Australian Poems 2004 & 2005, 2011, 2012 & 2015.

An overview of her poetry and a current interview with her by John Beston are in Antipodes (Dec 2014) and may be read online.

'Moments of heartfelt tragedy combined with raw humour.' CJ Bowerbird explores what it is to be human, writing about things we have lost, things we never had and things that are slipping through our fingers. Most recently featuring at Woodford Folk Festival, CJ has performed across Australia, China, Indonesia and the US. He was the 2012 Australian Poetry Slam Champion and hosts Bloody Lips – Words of Passion, Spoken and Sung in Canberra, ACT.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! - 21 October at the Phoenix Pub


BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is The Poetry Slam and it wants your words on stage!

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is The Poetry Slam and it wants you in the Phoenix Pub!

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is The Poetry Slam with the most 1st prizes that are/have/will be across all space and time!

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is The Poetry Slam that gives you two minutes, with no props, no music, and your original material, in the Phoenix Pub, all for Prizes!

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is The Poetry Slam!

So, For Glory! Glory!

And for House Audio & Visual and Feature Acts and Short Film!



Feature Act of House Audio and Visual - Danny Wild
Danny Wild is a visual artist living and working in Canberra, Australia. Danny Wild is an artist that works between kinetic sculpture, sound, performance, two and three-dimensional video, graphics, and combinations of all of the above. Danny Wild is a founding member of audio visual collective Zonk Vision, with whom he has undertaken a residency at Federation Square, toured the east coast of Australia, taken part in arts festival Underbelly Arts on Cockatoo Island, as well as undertaken many self organised exhibitions and events since 2010. Recently, Danny Wild has undertaken the 2014 Canberra Contemporary Art Space Studio Residency Program and is a recipient of the Australia Council ArtStart Grant, with which he toured an audio visual performance work to New York and Canberra.

Feature Act of Short Film - Chinese Casting Couch by Roshelle Fong
Roshelle Fong is a performer, filmmaker and Leap Year baby. She has produced and performed in film, spoken word, stand-up comedy, theatre and performance art pieces around Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne including Woodford Folk Festival, RAW Comedy Festival, YouAreHere Festival, Australian Poetry Slam and the Living Museum of Erotic Women. She is currently acting in a touring high school play about drug use and rape culture with Phunktional Ltd.

So join Andrew Gayland, The Master of Conflict, The Score Adder, and The Sacrificial Poet in the Phoenix Pub.

Signup from 7:30pm!
Poetry slam from 8pm!
Prizes, glory, infamy, poetry, space and time!
And it’s all over by 11:30pm!

Remember, two minutes, no props, your original material, for prizes, for glory, for infamy…