Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Red Dirt Poetry Festival

During July to August of this year I got to be a feature poet at the Red Dirt Poetry Festival in Alice Springs.


The event was conceived by Northern Territory writer, radio presenter and all-round great person Laurie May, who I was lucky enough to meet at the Woodford Folk Festival.

I had a great first night listening to the Dirty Word open mic and watching the packed audience at the beautiful Totem Theatre. But my highlight was the Friday night Laneway Hip Hop, which featured NT’s Desert Sevenz and Darcy Davis. 


The Red Dirt Poetry Festival was a tremendous and diverse few days mixing poetry, hip hop and metal from Alice Springs with poets visiting from across Australia and New Zealand. The eclectic range of venues showcased some of Alice Spring’s hidden spaces for a first time visitor like me. I was a regular writing and drinking coffee at Page 27 Café throughout my time in Alice.


The festival also made successful use of community space in the Alice Spring’s library where poetry and zine workshops were held.


Planned for every two years the Red Dirt Poetry Festival will continue to showcase Alice and its diverse and talented arts community. The next event is planned for 2016.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Sun Eater, Las Meninas and The Grapple Annual

I have a poem in The Grapple Annual, it is a prose poem titled, The Sun Eater, Catalonia, 17 July 1936 to 17 July 2013, Miró and Picasso.
The Grapple Annual - Grapple Publishing
The work is a response to visiting the Picasso Museum and the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona.
Las Meninas - Pablo Picasso
I was fascinated by the paintings in the Picasso Museum which demonstrate Picasso’s analysis and re-interpretation of Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas. 

Picasso's efforts reportedly very much annoyed people as he did not follow the orthodoxies of re-interpreting another artist's work.
Las Meninas - Diego Velázquez’s
I find examining the process of artistic development feeds my imagination. I also find the motivations of artists to be interesting. According to the Tate, "Picasso’s Las Meninas are a bitter satire, revealing Franco’s careful and cynical orchestration of his image in the grand tradition of Philip II of Spain (1527–1598), the great Habsburg King." I didn't get that from the work, I just got that Picasso was happy to upset people within the artistic establishment.

That combination of interests combined with my ongoing interest in the development process of Joan Miró led me to synthesize my experiences in the Foundation and Museum into one written piece.
The Sun Eater - Joan Miró
I have also been developing a performance of the work, this has been aided by input into the text from George Orwell. 

The Grapple Annual was launched at Newcastle’s This is Not Art in early October, you can grab a copy online from the Australian Capital Terriory-based Grapple Publishing

Saturday, October 18, 2014

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! INSIDE THE PHOENIX PUB

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, THE POETRY SLAM THAT CANBERRA DESERVES!

Be at BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! for poetry, drinks, prizes, two minutes, toilets, no props, two MCs, original material, The Score Adder, feature acts, The Master of Conflict, sacrifices and more poetry!

Because BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! gives you a stage, microphone, audience, judges, yelling, murmuring, distraction and confusion so you can perform, judge, ignore, enjoy or walk past poetry.

And that’s when Baine said. “When BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is ashes, you have my permission to die.

And then Harvey Dent said, “The BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is darkest just before the BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!. And I promise you, the BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is coming.

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

And we have feature acts.

Scott Sandwich
“Scott Sandwich is a performance poet who performs rants, readings and occasionally some awkward hip hop, telling stories about dates, death and the apocalypse. He envisages a world where academic approaches to poetry can live peacefully alongside horrific puns and fart jokes. Hand in hand, in fact. Perhaps even in love.” For more information about Scott Sandwich visit him at http://scottsandwich.com/.

Rafe Morris
“While Rafe Morris can’t be accused of casting broad silhouettes with an early evening sun, the man possesses a commanding stage presence. But rather than tame the floorboards and lasso the audience with gaudy flashes of brute strength, that guy Rafe slyly steals the attention with his warm, winning smile and jaunty folk licks ‘n’ riffs. The licks ‘n’ riffs in question form the backbone of Rafe’s entertaining, comedy-soaked sets, with nary a frown to be seen once the boy is in full flow.” For more information about Rafe Morris visit him at http://rafemusic.com/.

So join BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, 7:30pm East Row, The Phoenix Pub in the Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory. And remember, no props, no music, and your original words, for first prizes! FIRST PRIZES.


BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! will ask for a donation during the evening toward paying the feature acts.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Alinga St Poetry

Fossil Rabbit
Photograph by Adam Thomas
Presented by BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! the Alinga St Poetry is hosted by Joel Barcham and features poetry from Andrew Galan, Eleanor Malbon, and Paul Magee; spoken word by C.J. Bowerbird; and sonic musical sets by Fossil Rabbit (ACT).

There will also be a special preview of Grapple Publishing’s first collection of writing and art, The Grapple Annual.

This is going to be an excellent night.

If you would like insight into everyone involved then read below, otherwise see you Friday 17th October, 7pm for 7:30pm start at Smith's Alternative Bookshop ($5 door but hey, what a line-up).

Paul Magee
Paul Magee is author of the eleven-chapter Cube Root of Book (John Leonard Press: 2006), and he is working on Chapter Twelve, again for John Leonard Press. He is also close to a final draft of a scholarly monograph on the meeting point between aesthetics and epistemology, entitled Poetry and Knowledge. His first book was the surrealist ethnography From Here to Tierra del Fuego (University of Illinois Press: 2000). Magee is a chief investigator on the Australian Research Council funded project Understanding Creative Excellence: a Case Study in Poetry, and he teaches poetry at the University of Canberra, where he is an Associate Professor. He has published extensively on psychoanalysis, stagnation, boredom and revolution.

Andrew Galan’s poetry appears in print and online in Australia and internationally, including with Cordite and Verity La. He features at events such as the Queensland Poetry, National Folk and Red Dirt Poetry festivals, as well as Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam. With Amanda, Hadley and Joel, he founded the ACT’s best poetry event in the Phoenix Pub, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!. His first book is That Place of Infested Roads (life during wartime); Knives Forks and Spoons Press.

CJ is a spoken word artist and the 2013 Australian Poetry Slam Champion. He is the curator and host of Bloody Lips, a high quality spoken word and music event in Canberra, Australia. CJ has featured at the Bookworm International Literary Festival in China, and the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Indonesia. He was a presenter at TEDxCanberra 2013 and has performed in cities across Australia, China, Indonesia and the US.

Eleanor Malbon is from Canberra and this evening she will be performing poems about growing up here. As the audience, some people can chose whatever interests you from a whisky-sodden suitcase of trinkets, memorabilia and driftwood, before you sit back to listen to the intimate poems that accompany them.

Grapple Publishing
The Grapple Annual No. 1 has just been released and will be officially launched in Canberra in early November. Containing more than thirty works by artists and writers from Canberra, Australia and the world, it's a diverse collection spanning forms, genres and the Gregorian calendar. Each work in the Annual relates to a date in its own unique way. Every page grapples with words, art and ideas. It'll hook and hold you for a whole year. You can find out more and buy a copy at www.grapplepublishing.com or come along for a preview on the night.

Canberra music maker. post rock-esque, electronica-ish.

Monday, October 13, 2014

THE POETRY SLAM INSIDE THE PHOENIX PUB, CANBERRA

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! WANTS YOU ON STAGE BECAUSE BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! IS THE POETRY SLAM THAT GIVES ANYONE TWO MINUTES WITH A MICROPHONE AN AUDIENCE MANY MCS THE MASTER OF CONFLICT A SCORE ADDER JUDGES TOILETS FEATURE ACT(S) ACCESS TO ALCOHOL HOUSE BAND AND A STAGE ALL FOR MORE FIRST PRIZES THAN ANY OTHER COMPETITION ACROSS ALL TIME AND SPACE.

AND WHEN WE SAY POETRY WE MEAN ANYTHING THAT’S POETRY!


Did we mention feature act?

We have one.

EUCAPOCALYPTS NOW
Eucapocolypts Now
‘Eucapocolypts Now starts from the premise that we need to be prepared for a future in which human life is no longer the center of the world. The capacity of the world to fulfill our material desires is being rapidly depleted, particularly in Australia, and we are concerned to think through a particularly Australian response – a wave of eucalypt breaking over our cities and towns; tarmac cracks and blisters and the mallee begins its long march back over abandoned farmland. How are we to process this? Will we go mad? Or can we develop new myths and philosophies which complement the sour taste of sap?’


Did BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! mention house band?

We have one.

BACON CAKES
Bacon Cakes
Photo by Adam Thomas
This is what Bacon Cakes says about them(it)selves(self).

‘ 12 slices bacon
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 (9 ounce) package white cake mix, batter prepared as directed on package
1 teaspoon maple flavored extract
1/4 cup maple syrup’

Finally! Because Robot Zombie Hadley appears to have arisen to walk among the living in Brisbane we are filling the Hadley Memorial Slots with Charles J Quinn!


Join BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, 7:30pm East Row, The Phoenix Pub in the Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory.

And remember, no props, no music, and your original words, for first prizes!


FIRST PRIZES