Everyday Poetry and Everyday Kin with Gok-Lim

Saturday, June 26th, 11:00am-1:30pm
WA Poets Inc, Level 2, Room 33, Bon Marche Arcade, 80 Barrack Street Perth
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 Poetry is relational. Through writing poetry, we make kin. This workshop explores this intersubjectivity through writing exercises, conversation, and food.

By the end of the workshop, you will have developed a plan for daily poetic routines and an understanding of the place and use of poetry in your everyday relationships.

Each participant is welcome to bring and share food.

Gok-Lim (角林) Finch is a writer, artist and researcher living on the unceded lands of the Whadjuk people of the Bibbulmun nation. They have been published in Westerly, Djed Press, Voiceworks, Cottonmouth, and Australian Poetry. They are an editor with TehICha and Zou Mat Je.

Cost: $30 regular
$25 WAPI Members
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Taking Care of the Silences, The Grammar of Performance with Mar Bucknell

Saturday 7th August 2021 11.30am–1pm
WAPI office, Room 33, Second floor Bon Marche Arcade, Barrack Street, Perth.
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Performing, rather than just reading, your poem can bring your words, your ideas to life. And just as with most things, there are useful disciplines you can learn.

There are a few things that can be easily learnt to help you with this process, and far from diminishing your individuality, they will help you find your voice. No one method of performance works for every poet or every poem, but by exploring how performance is put together you can learn how to make an impact.

This workshop is suitable for anyone of any level of skills or experience. If you are a beginner you can learn some important steps. And if you think you know everything about poetry and performance, here is the news: you don’t.

Good performers never stop learning.

Things to bring:

  • some poetry, preferably some of your own and some by your favourite writers
  • your preferred writing media
  • an open mind.

Cost: Suggested donation is an hour of your wage or salary, (e.g. on an average wage you pay $30) Unwaged free. WAPI members 50% discount.

All proceeds to WA Poets Inc.

Bookings are essential as places are limited

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Mar Bucknell has been performing poetry, theatre, comedy and noise art in Perth since 1978. He published a book, With No Apology and poetry bookmarks in 1980. Since then his emphasis has been on performance, though he was published in Spare Times in the 1980s and Navigations in the 1990s. Mar has performed frequently since 1985 at Disk, Artemis, Open Mouth, Cottonmouth and whatever else was happening. He joined the poet art terrorist band The Magick Trousers in 1997. In 2006 Mar joined with Ray Grenfell to form the noise and spoken word band Catastrophe. He has performed at every Putting on an Act at PICA since its inception in 1994. He has also been a writer, actor, producer, director, sound artist, stand-up comedian, radio presenter and producer, reviewer, lighting designer and produced and presented News from Nowhere on RTR-FM for twelve years.


For your comfort and safety there will be Covid 19 Safety procedures in place for all workshops:

  • Room capacity limit: 18
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Venue cleaned prior to and after the event
  • Venue set up to maximise social distancing
  • Coffee/tea available in paper cups, or bring your own cup/drink
  • List of attendees and contact details kept in the event of contact tracing being necessary