Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! Wednesday 21 January 2015


BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is the poetry slam that gives you two minutes to perform your words for prizes.

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is the poetry slam in the Phoenix Pub.

And BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! gives you a stage, microphone, MCs, The Master of Conflict, The Score Adder, The Sound Guy and feature acts all in proximity to a bar and toilets so you can perform, judge, yell, mutter or ignore what is going on while you miss your cat.

Because BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is the poetry slam and BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! wants you!

And that means feature act(s) and this month that feature act is Stackhat.

'Stackhat is an absurdly passionate exploration of abstract sound, unadulterated self-expression and raw emotional exhibitionism. Painstakingly crafting his very own unique brand of urban-surrealism, Stackhat composes vast auditory odysseys peppered with schizophrenic samples and avant-garde poetics. Morbidly beautiful, Stackhat is an exercise in dark, enigmatic, sonic contradiction. For those seeking an escape from the usual played out cookie-cutter counter-culture clichés, Stackhat’s infallible punk rock ethos and penchant for genre mashing will leave you feeling slightly disturbed, strangely intrigued and pleasantly bewildered.'

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!

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



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

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

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.