Sunday, February 26, 2017

Andrew Galan with Okinawa Girls jam session, 19 February 2017


I’ve been jamming with Okinawa Girls for our shows at the National Folk Festival coming up in April this year. In preparation I’ve been going to their gigs as well as those of the Blade Winner (who is one half of Okinawa Girls). I’ve taken notes on the performances, on the song lyrics, as well as the vibe of what is going on. I’ve also been listening to one outtake that was sent to me by Laura Milkovits (the other half of Okinawa Girls) and discussing the songs with the band. The result is a poem called Tuesday: the Definitive Cherry Blossom, which I am still writing. Here is a small section of it recorded during our first jam session.

Friday, February 24, 2017

An interview with Shane Strange, the Salt Room



As part of running the Salt Room this year I am interviewing our artists. The discussions are conducted using found questions. For my first with Shane Strange I delved into chats with Sylvia Plath at Modern American Poetry, and Robert Frost and Ted Hughes in the Paris Review. You can find the interview along with a short work from Shane Strange on the Ainslie and Gorman Art Centres website.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Salt Room, 7:30pm Friday 3 March, Gorman Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre

Brought to you by BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, in partnership with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, the Salt Room presents poetry in its many forms. Featuring national, international and Territory poets alongside performers from varied disciplines, this is a night that combines experiments, entireties and fractures.

Featuring Shane Strange, Jacqui Malins, Sandra Renew and Paul Heslin.

$15 full /per event $10 concession /per event $50 for 2017 series pass (5 events)

 
Shane Strange
Shane Strange’s writing has appeared in various print and on line journals, including Overland, Griffith Review, Burley, Verity La, foam:e, Cordite Poetry Review, and Axon: Creative Explorations. He is currently studying at the University of Canberra, where he also tutors and lectures in Creative Writing.

Jacqui Malins
Jacqui Malins is a performance poet and visual artist. She was the ACT Poetry Slam champion and an Australian Poetry Slam finalist in 2015, won best walk-up poet at the Woodford Folk Festival 2015-16 and took second place in the State Library NSW Sonnet Slam 2016 to commemorate the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Jacqui has featured at Poetry in the Pub, Newcastle, and supported poets including Good Ghost Bill (Moran) and Candy Royalle at Word in Hand, Sydney. Jacqui is also the co-founder and organiser of Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry events in Canberra.

Sandra Renew
Sandra Renew’s poetry is informed by her many years working in war zones, in Indigenous communities and on the fringes of heterosexuality. Her poetry comments on contemporary issues and questions: war, environment, gender, climate and the planet’s health, migration, dissent, protest, human rights, freedoms. Sandra has published poems about gay and lesbian rights in social justice anthologies and international and national journals. She creates poetry as a protest form for gay and lesbian rights, and writing poetic responses to some contemporary events (such as the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida) and the historical context of gay and lesbian politics in Australia.


Paul Heslin
Paul Heslin is a Canberra-based composer/producer/whatever. He is a graduate of the Centre of New Media Art at the Australian National University and has performed regularly locally and nationally, most notably at the This Is Not Art/Electrofringe Festival in Newcastle and the Australasian Computer Music Conference. Recently he undertook a residency at the Arteles Creative Center in Finland, exploring the potential for generative sound composition, making use of recent development in microcomputer technology.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! at 730pm on Wednesday 15 February at the Phoenix Pub


BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!

YOUR FIRST LAST ONLY AND ALL POETRY SLAM WANTS YOU FOR THE POETRY SLAM

AND TO POETRY SLAM WE PROVIDE STAGE BAR SOUND SOUNDGUY MCS SCORE ADDER SCORE ADDING THE MASTER OF CONFLICT THIS GUY THE SACRIFICAL POET AND FEATURE ACTS AND MICROPHONES
AND BECAUSE THIS IS POETRY SLAM WE HAVE RULES!

2 MINUTES NO PROPS NO MUSIC YOUR ORIGINAL MATERIAL ALL FOR 1ST PRIZES

AND ALL IN THE PHOENIX PUB

OUR FEATURE ACTS

Emily Crocker

Emily grew up in the outer-suburbs of Sydney. She has since found a home in the Wollongong spoken-word community, including performances with Wollongong Writer's Festival and at The Vault Cabaret, Port Kembla. In 2016 she won The Rumble youth slam, and scored the opportunity to feature at the Australian Poetry Slam National Finals. Her work can be found in various Australian journals including Southerly, Verity La, Cordite, and Seizure. Emily habitually picks junk up and pockets it away only to turn it all out a week later asking 'what can I get for this?'.

Pablo Latona
Pablo Latona is a performer and teacher of physical theatre, based in Canberra, Australia. He has performed his unique routines all over the world, including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, European Juggling Convention, Dublin International Arts Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, World Juggling Day and Adelaide Fringe Festival. Pablo’s professional recognition includes winning the 2005 National Buskers Competition, being shortlisted for Circus Oz, and getting a kiss from Kylie Minoque.

Reuben Ingall

Reuben Ingall grew up in Canberra, and studied computer music and interactive digital media at the Centre for New Media Arts at The Australian National University. He makes music through an array of home-made software patches, iteratively mangling his guitar, voice and other sources to create lonely pop and glitchy, psychedelic soundscapes. His other projects include a radio show, motion-capture 3D-drawing software, recording and mixing bands, and a novelty mashup-DJ act. He has worked on music for installations, theatre, film, and dance.

So join BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! in the Phoenix Pub, East Row, the Civic Bus Interchange for Poetry Slam, 1st prizes and victory!

Sign up from 7:30pm!

Poetry Slam from 8pm!

Victory by 11:30pm!

And remember, 2 minutes, no props, no music, your original material.