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

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Poetry Slam inside Canberra in the Phoenix Pub

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! wants your words on stage inside the Phoenix Pub for two minutes with no props no music for prizes, 1st prizes!

Because BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is the Poetry Slam that gives anyone a microphone on stage in front of an audience, judges, MCs, feature acts, a bar, bar staff, toilets and doorways! All for you!

And we want you there to audience, judge, perform, read, drink, toilet, go to sleep, wake up, yelp, go back to sleep and/or win first prizes!

And we have a feature act and a house band.

Our feature act is the long lost father, mother, daughter, uncle, grandmother and grandson of BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, he is David Stavanger.

David Stavanger’s poetry & flash fiction has been published in various Australian and international magazines, newspapers & anthologies. Known for his distinct live performance he has featured at various writers festivals & poetry venues around the world. His chapbook And the Ringmaster Said… was released through QLD's Small Change Press in 2008. In 2012 he was invited to be QLD’s Writer in Residence as part of the National Year of Reading. In 2013 he received CAL funding to visit Edinburgh and be mentored in their Reader-in-Residence program. As part of this UK tour he also presented at StAnza, Scotland’s National Poetry Festival. In the same year he also won the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and took up residency as Australia’s inaugural “Reader-in-Residence”, a 12 month live weekly writing & poetry installation at Brisbane Square Library. His new poetry collection The Special will be released by UQP in August 2014.’


Our house band is the Viola Cloning Project!

‘The Viola Cloning Project is a one-man, one-viola, seventy-five-effect-pedal band. Using loop recorders and harmoniser pedals in particular, a single instrument becomes a full string and percussion orchestra. It is the brainchild of Richard Grantham, a classically-trained composer and band-hardened multi-instrumentalist based in Brisbane, Australia.’


And filling the Hadley Memorial Slots is the Flying V.

So join BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, 7:30pm to sign-up, 8pm to poetry slam, all night for drinking, and remember no props, no music, your original words!

Friday, March 13, 2015

A Noted ABC interview


Ashley Thompson and I talked all things Noted festival with ABC radio on Wednesday 11 March. 

You can read an article that came from our discussions with Adam Shirley on the ABC website.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Poetry Slam

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!
Photograph by Adam Thomas
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! versus FEMINARTSY versus THE FESTIVALS!

IT IS THE TIME WHEN BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! FIGHTS THE YOU ARE HERE AND THIS YEAR YOU ARE HERE BRINGS THE NOTED FESTIVAL!

AND BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! HAS INVITED FEMINARTSY!
And Feminartsy said yes!
IT’LL BE A BLOODBATH.

You no doubt have many questions, here are answers.

FIRST!
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is the poetry slam, your poetry slam, the poetry slam that gives you a stage, two microphones, many audience, poets, The Master of Conflict, a surprising amount of MCs, sound, scores, with score adding, by The Score Adder, plus a sacrificial poet.

ALL FOR PRIZES AND GLORY AND A CURRICULUM VITAE ENTRY AND DRINKING.

ALL FOR YOUR 2 MINUTES OF POETRY!

Second
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! has teamed up with Feminartsy, Noted and YouAreHere in a grand battle of poetry conflict and word showcasing with bonus mystery act!

Third
PRIZES!

Fourth
BRING YOUR WORDS AND YOU TO BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!

Five!
FEATURE ACTS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER

Representing You Are Here as part of I Hate You for Sentimental Reasons is:

Nicola Lambert!
Bare-knuckle boxing's illegal. Corporal punishment's out of fashion. Project Mayhem came to nothing. What recourse is left to a city in need of improvement but to invite its brightest minds to verbally excoriate its flaws? Throughout You Are Here experts are delivering short, bloody, insight-laden calls to arms.

In this episode first Nicola Lambert, artist and arts facilitator, questions the cultural inclusiveness of the ACT's arts programs!

Don't miss this pointed brutalisation of your beloved capital's shortcomings!

From Feminartsy and Noted we have:

Beige Brown is Australia’s foremost feminist performance poet. Her permutative sound poetry ingests uncertainty into the phallogentric project of mainstream literary culture, exploding the big edifice to spurt many smaller openings. A past honoured guest at Crack & Griffringe, she is highly regarded by discerning members of Australia’s literary cognoscenti.
And there will be an additional surprise guest!

WE WILL TELL YOU NOTHING OF THEM.

So remember, your original material, no props, no music, 2 minutes, judges, judging, yelling, prizes, glory, all in a pub! In the Phoenix Pub, East Row, Civic, the poetry slam.



Want to know more about You Are Here, Noted and/or Feminartsy? Then visit them on the world wide web:

You Are Here

Noted
Feminartsy
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! WEDNESDAY 18 FEBUARY @ THE PHOENIX

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!
YOU AND BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! IN THE PHOENIX PUB
FOR POETRY!
BECAUSE WE WANT YOU!
TO POET JUDGE CHEER YELL GET DRUNK GET TO THE BATHROOM AND SCORE!
ALL FOR PRIZES!

Because BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! provides a stage sound two MCs The Master of Conflict The Score Adder The Sacrificial Poet five judges two microphones feature acts sound and audience so you can claim victory and call yourself an award winning poet or judge or audience member or toilet goer or something like that. Award winning! NO MORE COMMAS!

Anyway because BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! we provide you with a house band and special feature act!

Fossil Rabbit
‘Fossil Rabbit is the solo project of Chris Finnigan making multi-layered melodies and beats with a guitar, loop and effects pedal. Drawing inspiration from a range of post-rock and lo-fi electronica influences, Chris produces an ambient, beat-driven and atmospheric sound.’
FOSSIL RABBIT ALSO KNOWS COMMAS!


And filling The Hadley Memorial Spots is the Zoe Anderson!


7:30PM TO SIGN UP IN THE PHOENIX PUB TO POETRY SLAM!
8PM IN THE PHOENIX PUB TO START THE POETRY SLAM!
JOIN BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! IN THE PHOENIX PUB!
And remember two minutes no props no music your original material


During the evening BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! will ask you for $5 to pay the feature act and for the running of BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! Pay it if you can but not if you are performing!

Monday, February 09, 2015

ArtsHub on poetry in pubs

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!
Photograph by Adam Thomas
Late in January I was interviewed for ArtsHub on what makes a successful night of poetry in a pub. I talked quite a bit but the one important thing I did not say was to remember that the event is a show. You can read the interview here, it draws on the views of a number of other poetry organisers.