Friday, April 28, 2017

An interview with Nick Delatovic

The second interview for the May edition of the Salt Room is with Nick Delatovic. Nick created This Band Will Self Destruct Vol. 1-3 and we will be screening Vol. 2. The first volume was screened at BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! on 15 March.

The interview questions are found questions, this month taken from a Face to Face interview of Dame Edith Sitwell by John Freeman and an interview of Dorothy Parker by Marion Capron at the Paris Review.

This Band Will Self-Destruct 1.1- Going Home from Luke McGrath on Vimeo.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

An interview with Paul Munden

The 5 May edition of the Salt Room features Emily Crocker, Paul Munden, Brentley Frazer and The Band Will Self Destruct, by Nick Delatovic.

In preparation for the event and to learn about our feature acts I have conducted interviews with each. The interview questions are found questions, this month taken from a Face to Face interview of Dame Edith Sitwell by John Freeman and an interview of Dorothy Parker by Marion Capron at the Paris Review.


The first interview is with Paul Munden, poet and program manager of the International Poetry Studies Institute. You can find the interview at the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres website by following this link.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fighting Poetry: Make Poetry Mean Again


Photograph by Adam Thomas for You Are Here

Once someone said to Andrew they wanted to go to an event, ‘because a bespoke poem had been written for a pop-up venue’ and Andrew wanted to punch that person in the face. Instead he wrote a poem about carpets. He questions, is there a need to fight poetry, how violent do we need to be with poetry, does poetry afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted or is it the reverse, and is it just too easy to go with aggression? Fighting poetry isn’t a lifelong commitment, it is bloody victory and whimpering defeat.

Synopsis
Fighting Poetry is a symbolic narrative of three rounds of poetry combat. The performance tracks Andrew as he swings against the clich├ęs, tropes and characters of poetry writing and performance. In the second act he is unable to escape these same concepts that drive him to poetry violence as blow after blow rains on him. A framed snapshot of his first ten years of writing, publishing and performing poetry, this is a show that delves into the perspectives, tools and objectives of poets writing and performing their work. It is both Canberra-centric in its examinations but wider-ranging in its exploration of and experiments with poetry.

The play uses two key facets of satire: 1) it allows you to say almost anything and 2) it can go places that serious discussion may not. As satirical theatre founded in poetry and polemic, Fighting Poetry tackles some problems faced by satire, including preaching to the choir rather than confronting the target, that art doesn’t change other minds as much as it changes the creator’s life, that satire doesn’t work if you are obviously trying to be funny, and that satire should be full of teeth.

Background
Fighting Poetry was developed by Andrew Galan for You Are Here 2017. Its development was assisted by funding from the festival. The text and performance of Fighting Poetry received invaluable dramaturgy from Canberra theatre practitioner Nick Delatovic. The play was staged on 6 April 2017 as part of the festival.

The play makes use of Andrew’s poetry previously published in Australian and international poetry journals as well as his first two books, That Place of Infested Roads (Knives Forks and Spoons Press) and For All The Veronicas (Bareknuckle Books). New poems written for the play during the development of the work over six months were also included.

The key objectives of the work was to create theatre that makes people think about the use of poetry and that prompts them to buy poetry books.

Key development processes
Movement and positioning during the play was devised while working with Nick Delatovic to strengthen and extend the performers range of action, as well as to ensure that these actions were deliberate and symbolic. This was done over four months and facilitated the exploration of positioning to show key concepts and assist the audience in absorbing the play.

The composition of the text was designed to integrate the scripted monologues with already written and new poems in a way that formed a coherent theatre piece. The intent was to use the poetry seamlessly. This process involved re-scripting with advice from Nick, as well feedback from two rehearsal reads with invited audiences.

Scripting and staging the play involved careful consideration to ensure that the satire targeted the tropes of poetry and that the invective served the key polemics of the work rather than engaging in needless ad‑hominem attacks.

Audience reactions
‘Andrew Galan’s one man poet(ry) assault unit in action’ – Aaron Kirby, public servant and performance artist

‘Stoic isn’t the right word.’ – Cameron Thomas, theatre practitioner and bottle-shop manager

‘This feels like a book launch.’ – Ryan Schipper, poet and computer engineer

‘A show that made me stop and think more about why we love poetry why we write, what we write and how.’ – Akka Bellengen, photographer, poet and parent

‘You’re an arsehole’ – Scott Sneddon, physical performer and Co-Director of Ruckus Slam

‘You’ve made me think about what I write and perform.’ – Scott Batum, poet and BMA reviewer

‘Having a fashion crisis over which suit of armour to wear to this.’ – Dr Adele Chynoweth, academic and theatre practitioner

‘Where can I buy a book?’ – Andrew Yallop, writer and student

Selected source material
Revisionist History, episode 10 – the Satire Paradox

The Limits of Satire, the New York Review of Books, 16 January 2015

A Point of View: What's the point of satire?, BBC News Magazine, 13 February 2015

Notes taken during a visit to Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists at The National Gallery of Victoria


How to write a political poem by Taylor Mali


Monday, March 27, 2017

Fighting Poetry at You Are Here 2017, 9pm, Wednesday 6 April, the You Are Here Festival Hub, 46 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra

Fighting Poetry
About
Once someone said to Andrew they wanted to go to an event, ‘because a bespoke poem had been written for a pop-up venue’ and Andrew wanted to punch that person in the face. Instead he wrote a poem about carpets. He questions, is there a need to fight poetry, how violent do we need to be with poetry, does poetry afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted or is it the reverse, and is it just too easy to go with aggression? Fighting poetry isn’t a lifelong commitment, it is bloody victory and whimpering defeat.

Watch Andrew fight poetry as part of You Are Here.

Artist
Andrew Galan is an internationally published poet and co-producer of renowned poetry event BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!. Described by reviewers as ‘riddled with satire’, his poetry is gut, direct, and imagination and reality meeting to eat and fight. Showcased at events including the Woodford, National Folk and Queensland Poetry festivals, and Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam, his verse appears in journals such as the Best Australian Poems, Otoliths, Verity La and Cordite. That Place of Infested Roads (Life During Wartime) – KF&S Press, 2013 – is his first book. His latest is For All The Veronicas (The Dog Who Staid) – Bareknuckle Books, 2016.

This event is presented as part of the You Are Here Festival 2017. For the full YAH17 program, please visit: www.youareherecanberra.com.au

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Newcastle Writers Festival

I am part of the 2017 Newcastle Writers Festival. As one of the people who created and runs BAD!LSAM!NO!BISCUIT! I was invited to be part of the Slam! Poetry and Performance panel on the Saturday. The panel includes Australian Poetry Slam founder Myles Merril, and Sarah Mansour from Bankstown Poetry Slam. David Grantham will be the host. I am looking forward to the discussion and learning about some of the different poetry slams that are run in Australia.

On the Sunday I will be performing some of my work alongside Michael Aiken, Magdalena Ball, Joanne burns, Eileen Chong, John Foulcher, Judy Johnson, Sara Mansour, Ravi Nagaveeran, Philip Salom, Berndt Sellheim, Melinda Smith and Maggie Walsh as part of Port of Newcastle – Poetry in the Place.


I lived in Newcastle for about ten years, mostly in the East End, Cooks Hill and Bar Beach but I haven’t been back since one of the early This is Not Art festivals, so I am looking forward to seeing how much it has changed. The Newcastle Writers Festival runs from 7-9 April, the events I am part of are free, come along and check them out.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! IN THE PHOENIX PUB, 7:30PM WEDNESDAY 15 MARCH

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! IS THE POETRY SLAM

AND BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! GIVES YOU 2 MINUTES ON STAGE WITH YOUR ORIGINAL MATERIAL NO PROPS NO MUSIC ALL FOR FIRST PRIZES!

Yes, Judges, audience, sound, music, yelling, murmuring, bar, bar staff, toilets, back alley dumpster, new door, old door, feature acts, MCs, score adding, Score Adder, sacrificial poets, stools, lounges, lighting, poetry, negative infinities, conflict, tens, The Master of Conflict, random introductions, poets, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! wants it all and gives it to you for POETRY SLAM!

AND WE HAVE FEATURE ACTS

This Band Will Self Destruct Vol. 1!

Nick Delatovic spent 2016 forming bands. Each band only existed for one day. Every song they wrote got it's own music video complete with costumes, sets and a story. Every song was played live, and then never again. These 12 music videos chart a doomed attempt to make sense of the world through pop music.

THIS IS PART 1 OF THREE PARTS, LOOK FOR MORE ANNOUNCMENTS IN THE FUTURE

And!

Nick Delatovic will be singing the BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! Canberra National Anthem Live!

And!

Georgina Vallance
Georgina Vallance is a lawyer by day and by other times the 2016 BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! CANBERRA NATIONAL POETRY SLAM CHAMPION and the ACT Australian Poetry Slam Champion. Georgina is a Council Member of the Australian National University Young Alumni and a purveyor of fine smoked meats. Much of Georgina's poetry is focused on improving visibility and understanding of mental health issues faced by LGBTIQ people, the trials and tribulations of working in the legal industry and amusing true-to-life depictions of living in the wonderful city that is Canberra.

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!

Victory! Prizes! Poetry Slam! Poetry!

Join BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! for the Poetry Slam in the Phoenix Pub. East Row, Civic Bus Interchange, Civic.

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