Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Salt Room - Friday 17 July, 7:30pm @ Gorman Arts Centre

Brought to you by BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! in partnership with the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, the Salt Room is the poetry and performance night the Australian Capital Territory deserves.

Bringing together local, national and international writers and performers it showcases some of the best that poetry can be.

For this event we have brought together Melinda Smith, Stackhat, Danny Wild and Raphael Kabo.

All MCed by Joel Barcham and Andrew Galan

Read below for more information about each of our performers and follow this link for information about the event

Canberra local Melinda Smith won the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award for her fourth poetry collection, Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call (Pitt St Poetry, 2013). This year she has performed at the Sydney and Newcastle Writers' Festivals, and the National Folk Festival. Sometimes her poems are funny, sometimes they are about being female, and sometimes they contain adult themes. At least one of them is all three. Some text installations of hers are currently on show at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. She tweets as @MelindaLSmith and is definitely #notboring.

For over a decade I’ve been actively involved in the Australian music scene, exporting my experimental hip-hop style from my hometown of Queanbeyan to Sydney’s Inner-West and even parts of Brooklyn NYC.

Staying true to my DIY roots I do all my own producing, scratching, beat boxing, singing and rapping at home in my small bedroom studio.

In 2011 I was commissioned by The Redroom Poetry Company to score a soundtrack for ‘The Analogue Crusader’, an animation that won ‘Best Short Film’ and ‘Best Sound Design’ at the Lucky Film Festival and later went on to be screened at the Museum of Contemporary Art. As a direct result of the animations success, I was then asked to design a syllabus for The Redroom’s Unlocked Initiative, a program teaching poetry in federal prisons around NSW with a direct focus on Hip-Hop. An opportunity which also helped me secure my job as curator/host of Sydney’s longest running mobile spoken word event Caravan Slam.

Since then I’ve been featured on underground mix-tape ‘Free the Beats’, collaborated with world-renowned street artists Jodee Knowles and Anthony Lister, written feature articles for German Hip-Hop magazine HHV, had tracks used by T-World Magazine NYC and in recent times set up a regular live music program at Villawood Detention Centre called 'Rock the Boats'.

Danny Wild is a visual artist living and working in Canberra, Australia. Danny has a multi-faceted practice that spreads across audio, video, installation and performance. Repetition, routine and suburban life is at the core of Dannys practice. Recently, Danny has presented a number of site specific performances as part of You Are Here and Art, Not Apart art festivals, undertook the 2014 Canberra Contemporary Artspace Studio Residency Program and was a recipient of the Australia Council ArtStart Grant, with which he toured an audio visual performance work to New York and Canberra in late 2014.

I am a performer, writer, and reader of poetry, an author of short stories, a traveller, a wordsmith, a slam poet, a web designer and itinerant coder, a collector of mental paraphernalia, a maker of zines, an incubator of brain eggs, a very good cook, a rubbish actor, a passable playwright, a writer of love letters to cities, an excellent editor, and an ardent believer in the power of Shakespeare to cure all ills.
Photograph by Adam Thomas

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