2018 Perth Poetry Festival Program

A range of free and low cost events including workshops, discussions  and poetry readings.

To download the program, click on this link 2018 Festival Events Version 8.4

2018 Festival Events Version 9

 

For details about Festival Workshops click here

Festival Events:

Big Screen

Creative Connections Art & Poetry Exhibition

Wellness Poetry

Loose Tongues

WA Slam Heat #2

low ball

Soup and Sonnets

Hectic Measures Press Launch

Creative Connections Art & Poetry Exhibition Launch

Spoken Word Perth

Gala

Corporeality, temporality, spatiality and physicality in performance poetry

Outspoken

Straight Lines launch

Perth Poetry Club

Meet & Greet

WA Slam Heat #3

Women Writers

Rhythm of Place

Finale

Venues

Big Screen
Cultural Centre, Perth
Festival week

WAPPI is collaborating with the MRA to project poetry on the big screen in James Street outside PICA. Each poem will be projected for a couple of minutes at a random time during the festival, beginning on 9th August. Depending on the number of submissions, poems may be repeated.

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Creative Connections Art & Poetry Exhibition
14 – 17th & 20 – 24th August
10am – 4pm
TAFE Shop Front Gallery
A free event

An eclectic exhibition of artwork by artists with complex needs accompanied by poetry inspired by the artwork. All artwork is for sale. An Anthology of the art and poetry is also available for sale.

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Wellness Poetry
Friday 10th August
11am for a 11.30 start
Lorrikeet Centre
A free event. Lunch, tea and coffee and poetry anthologies for 2017 and 2018 are free; soft drinks are $1.50

For the fourth year running, the Festival will travel to the Lorikeet Centre/Clubhouse to enjoy the poetry of two WAPI Poets, Maddie Godfrey and Saoirse Nash, as well as poetry prize-winners from the Open Your Mind contest, who will also be featured in the 2018 anthology by the same name. The emphasis in work will be positive and focussing on the journey to mental wellness. Everyone is invited to perform in the Open Section, as long as pieces stay on topic. This is your chance to enjoy the supportive and friendly atmosphere of the Club House and some of its members. Plus the free lunch and poetry anthologies for 2017 and 2018 are always a treat.

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Loose Tongues
Saturday 11th August
2pm-4pm
YMCA HQ
Entry by donation at the door

Young poets let their words and tongues run wild as 6 feature poets take to the mike to tell us about the passion in their hearts and the world in their eyes. Lots of open mike opportunities for poets 22 and under.

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WA Slam Heat #2
Saturday 11th August
4:30 – 6:30pm
four5nine bar
$10 waged/$5 un-waged at the door

Perth Slam presents the second WA heat of the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam at the four5nine bar in North Perth. Poets and spoken word artists of all sorts have a chance to make it to the finals at the end of August, where the top two slammers get a trip to Sydney for a chance at the title of 2018 Australian Poetry Slam Champion!

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low ball
Saturday, 11th August
8 – 10pm
Perth Artifactory
$10 waged/$5 un-waged at the door

low ball is 2018 poetry festival’s sound and poetry showcase. poetry with a focus on sound or sound with a focus on poetry? artists decide. with a leaning toward experimentation, expect things and loud—earplugs available. feat. jakob boyd, sam fox, mar bucknell, chris arnold, furious audio description, Tineke Van der Eecken, &c.

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Soup and Sonnets
Sunday 12th August
4 – 6pm
Kent St Arts
$10 at the door, includes soup and soft drink

Roll up for this pre-Festival event where you will be wined (also tead and coffeed … or watered) and dined (four different soups, one vegetarian, one vegan; decent bread with spreads) in the charming surrounds of the Centre, then entertained by Festival Poets Julie Watts, Maddie Godfrey and Nina Lewis; some favourites from around town — Saiorse Nash and Rose van Son; and up-and-comers, Daniel Hansen, A. J. Brian, Rib Queen, Taonga Sendana and Chris Srisuwan; not to mention Tashi Hall, our Festival Musician. Poetry type will NOT be limited to sonnets, but the alliteration was catchy as the title of the event.

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Hectic Measures Press presents
Sunday 12th August
7-9.30pm
Entry $5 | Chabooks $5ea
239 Flinders Street, Yokine (near Morely Drive)

THREE CHAPBOOKS by AJ Brian, Taonga Sendama & Scott-Patrick Mitchell!
+ OPEN MIC

After taking a little bit of a break… we’re back flooding the Perth spoken word scene with chapbooks! chapbooks! chapbooks! Come hang out at Hearth and grab copies of ‘Object of Affection’ by AJ Brian – Poet, ‘This is How We Heal’ by Scott-Patrick Mitchell and ‘Unlearn’ by Taonga Sendama. Each poet will give a performance and a taste of their collection, and there’ll be a chance for you to get up and read a couple poems on the open mic!

Hectic Measures Press is Saoirse and Laundry Man making chapbooks for local poets. Come hang, come be a part of grassroots publishing, come and support your mates 

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Creative Connections Art & Poetry Exhibition Launch
Monday 13th August
6.30 – 8.30pm
North Metropolitan TAFE shop Front Gallery
A free event, Finger food and refreshments provided.

An eclectic collection of art by artists with complex needs with poetry written in response to the artwork plus presentations by Rose van Son (poet) and Rebecca Johnston (artist) supported by readings by contributing poets.

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Spoken Word Perth
Wednesday 15th August
7pm-10pm
City Farm
$10 waged/$5 un-waged at the door

Every fortnight we offer a microphone, carpet and at least one fabulous feature for your entertainment. Plenty of open mic – sign ups at the door. For our special festival event we’ll be featuring PEACH and AARON LEE. Check out our Facebook page for more details! https://www.facebook.com/spokenwordperth/

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Gala
Thursday 16th August
7 – 10pm
Queens Building
$15/$10 at the door. Catered with wine and beer for sale.

Featuring key note speech by Festival Patron, Terri-ann White and a taste of what is to come from guest poets Nina Lewis, Dave Drayton, Peach Klimkiewicz,  Lucy Dougan, Julie Watts, Sanna Peden and Maddie Godfrey plus the Creatrix Poetry and Haiku Prize presentations. Music by Tashi Hall.

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Corporeality, temporality, spatiality and physicality in performance poetry
(or, What is your body doing in my poem?)
(or Why slams are the death of performance poetry)
Friday 17th August
4 – 6pm
Queens Building
A free event

A short performance and a presentation on performance by Mar Bucknell, followed by an open discussion on performance and poetry where everyone will have the opportunity to express their opinion..

Mar Bucknell is a minimalist. Poet.

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Outspoken
Friday 17th August
7 – 9.30pm
Queens Building
$5 at the door with funds being raised for TransFolk of WA.

OUTspoken is Perth Poetry Festival’s annual LGBTIQA2+ poetry night. Each year we bring you some  of the biggest and brightest voices in local queer poetry. This year our showcase, hosted by Scott-Patrick Mitchell, includes Kai Schweizer, Lana Moon, Fable Goldsmith, Marziya Mohammedali, Daniel Bacon, Melanie Knight, Rigel Paciente and PPF2018 feature Maddie Godfrey.

This years showcase will also include a tribute to Candy Royalle.

Limited open mic spots available: signup on the night. Catering will be provided. Drinks will be available for sale.

This event takes place on Whadjuk Noongar Land. We would like to pay respects to Elders past, present and future.

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Straight Lines launch
1.40 – 2 pm
Moon Café
Free event

Vivienne Glance will be launching Mulla Mulla Press’ latest publication straight lines by Sanna Peden.

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Perth Poetry Club
Saturday 18th August
2 – 4 pm
Moon Café
Entry by donation at the door

A smattering of poetry and music from all of the festival guest poets; Aaron Lee,  Nina Lewis, Dave Drayton, Peach Klimkiewicz,  Lucy Dougan, Julie Watts, Sanna Peden and Maddie Godfrey and featured musician, Tashi Hall.

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Meet & Greet
Saturday 18th August
Saturday 4.00 – 5.30pm
Moon Cafe
A free event

An informal opportunity to talk to and have books, etc., signed by the festival poets and musician.

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WA Slam Heat #3
Saturday 18th August
4:30 – 6:30pm
four5nine bar
$10 waged/$5 un-waged at the door

Poets and spoken word artists of all sorts have a chance to make it to the finals at the end of August, where the top two slammers get a trip to Sydney for a chance at the title of 2018 Australian Poetry Slam Champion!

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Women Writers
Saturday 18th August
7 – 9.30pm
Queens Building
Entry by donation at the door

Join Kate Noske in conversation with women writers at various stages of their publishing careers. Poets from Westerly’s Writers Development Program and UWAP’s new poetry series will be reading their work and discussing their advances from emergence to journal and book publishing. Featuring Carolyn Abbs, Amanda Joy, Renee Pettitt-Schipp and more.

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Rhythm of Place
Sunday 19th August
3 – 5pm
The Orient
Entry by donation at the door

Ten OOTA poets will read their work exploring interior and exterior landscapes and the connection between them. Featuring Rita Tognini, Sue Clennell, Gail Willems, Annamaria Weldon, Ross Jackson, Christopher Konrad, Rosemary Longhurst, Veronica Lake, Rachael Petridis and Carolyn Abbs.

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Finale
Sunday 19th August
7 – 10pm
Fibonacci Centre
$15/$10 at the door. Catered with wine and beer for sale.

A celebration of everything about the festival with final performances by the guest poets; Aaron Lee,  Nina Lewis, Dave Drayton, Peach Klimkiewicz,  Lucy Dougan, Julie Watts, Sanna Peden and Maddie Godfrey plus the presentation of the Ros Spencer Poetry Contest Prizes. Music by Tashi Hall.

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Venues

 Artifactory 16 Guthrie St, Osborne Park (near O’Malley St)

City Farm 1 City Farm Place, East Perth (near Claisebrook Station)

Fibonacci Centre 19 Blinco St, Fremantle (between Amherst & Wood Sts)

four5nine bar 459 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth (cnr Angove St)

Kent St Arts 12 Kent St, East Victoria Park (near Albany Hwy)

Lorikeet Centre 104 Cambridge St, West Leederville (near Chappell Lane)

Mattie Furphy House Claire Copse, Swanbourne (cnr Kirkwood Rd)

Moon Café 323 William St, Northbridge (near Newcastle St)

North Metropolitan TAFE Shop Front Gallery 149 Beaufort St, Perth (near Newcastle St)

The Orient 39 High St, Fremantle (cnr Henry St)

Queens Building upstairs, 97 William St, Perth (cnr Murray St)

YMCA HQ 60A Frame Ct, Leederville (near Leederville Pde)

Yokine 239 Flinders St (Near Morely Drive)

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Queens Building: Enter via the doorway on William St, go through to the courtyard and take the lift/stairs to the first level. The venue is around the walkway on the opposite side. This building has good disability access.

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The 2018 Perth Poetry Festival is supported by:

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