Wednesday, June 06, 2018

POETRY SLAM! SMITHS ALTERNATIVE!

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! COMES FOR YOU FROM THE SMITHS ALTERNATIVE!

Which means Poetry Slam!

Which means 2 minutes, no props, no music and your original material! All for 1st Prizes!

Which means Victory! Defeat! Random Capitalisations! Your choice of Commas and Apostrophes! Yelling, cheering, lights, sounds, THE BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! CANBERRA NATIONAL PIANO MAN, Beer! Toast! Cider! THE BAD!SLAM!NO!BISUIT! CANBERRA NATIONAL ANTHEM! Poetry and Judges and Heckling and Tears of Joyness/Love/Animals/Terror and of More First Prizes!

Because this is Poetry Slam we have feature acts!

AND WHO ARE THEY!?

We Have The Careerists, the Careerists are the band that puts the punk into petre out’s solo music! That’s The Careerists!

And we have Elliot York Cameron, Elliot is a spoken word poet and educator from Western Sydney. He co-organises Enough Said Poetry Slam in Wollongong. He was a finalist at the 2016 NSW Poetry Slam, 2017 Sydney Slam and 2017 Bankstown Grand Slam. That’s Elliot York Cameron!

And in the Hadley (RIP) Memorial Spots we have Seb Ashley! That’s Seb Ashley!

So! Sign-up from 7:30pm! poetry slam from 8pm! glory, infamy, drinking and yelling ‘til 1st Prizes and it’s all over before 11:30pm!

ENTRY COSTS A POEM FROM THE STAGE OR $5 OR IF YOU EARN ALL THE CASH MONEYS THEN $10!

And remember, 2 minutes, no props, no music unless you are a rebel rule breaker!

POETRY SLAM!

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The Roll For Intelligence Christmas Special

My character for the three Phoenix Pub episodes
of Roll For Intelligence was Dwarven
Heavy Metal Battle Mage, Mack the Truck
During 2017 I was involved with the Dungeons and Dragons performance group Roll For Intelligence. Our first two shows were part of the 2017 You Are Here and held upstairs in the Civic Pub. Our group performed to capacity crowds both nights, which was an excellent start. We went on to do three shows in the Phoenix Pub, and our grand finale for the year was a Christmas special at Smiths Alternative. The group is made up of our producer, Morgan Little, our Dungeon Master Josh Bell, as well as players, Euan Bowen, Helen Luan, Joel Barcham, Sharona Lin, and me. We also have a bard, Jack Collins, who plays all our environmental and mood music, and we were joined by artist Arran McKenna for some of the nights.


The podcast of the Christmas Special is in two parts. 




Saturday, December 16, 2017

2017 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards

My book, For All The Veronicas (The Dog Who Staid), was shortlisted in the poetry category for the 2017 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards.


This is my second book and it was developed with an ArtsACT Project Grant during 2015, and the work also benefited from residencies in El Bruc, Catalonia, and at the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, both during 2014. I haven’t had poetry nominated for a prize previously so I was stoked to have the book make the shortlist in this ACT award and excited to have it receive a prize.

This is what the judges had to say about it:

‘Andrew Galan's collection is distinct, varied, and engaging. His poems challenge the reader, and do not allow for an easy interpretation. Some require re-readings to fathom both the narrative and metaphorical thrust. It’s a rich collection, with a clear influence drawn from performance poetry, and Galan utilizes conversational, disrupted rhythms to achieve something unique. The imagery is vivid, always inventive, and some individual lines are highly memorable, “You can look in strange places for fathers and you don't always grow out of it.” ’

Congrats to the other two shortlisted award winners, Chris Palmer with Afterlives, and Carmel Summers who edited The Last Day Before Snow, you can see the full list of awards given on the night at the ACT Writers Centre website.