Thursday, April 17, 2014

Letters to a Suburb from You Are Here

One of the projects I managed as a You Are Here co-producer this year was Letters to a Suburb.
Image credit: Pascalle Burton and Sarah Kaur
The project involved commissioning writers and artists with a connection to Canberra to write to a suburb within the Australian Capital Territory. I generally kept the terms of reference as vague as that for each of the people I asked to be involved, though sometimes I called specifically for a poem, or wanted a writer and artist to work together. 

The project got a great response at the independent publishing fair on Sunday 23 March. We set up a letterbox from which people could collect a letter and 90 copies were taken by visitors to the fair.
A small portion of the
independent publishing fair.
Image credit: Adam Thomas and You Are Here
The festival also posted one-hundred copies to random addresses within the suburbs to which the letters were addressed. I hope the recipients enjoyed the work they received.


You can check out all the work online on the You Are Here website by following the link above.

The letters commissioned come from David “Ghostboy” Stavanger, Pascalle Burton, Adam Hadley, Good Ghost Bill with Paul Summerfield, Duncan Felton, Matt Hetherington, Tessa Rose, Fiona McLeod with Aaron Kirby, and Zoe Anderson with Raphael Kabo.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! PODCAST

There are two new BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! Podcasts.

Podcast twenty features Bela Farkas with his poem Toilets.
Podcast twenty-one features Alex Scetrine with her poem To the boy I've been stalking for over a year, I'm sorry but I thought you would have noticed by now.


Thursday, April 03, 2014

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! @ SMITHS ALTERNATIVE, 7:30PM ON 15 APRIL 2014

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!
THE EPIC VOYAGES OF BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! TO SMITHS ALTERNATIVE!

YES THE EPIC VOYAGES. BE PART OF THOSE VOYAGES AND BRING THE TIM TAMS AND THE SALT AND LEMONS TO AVOID SCURVY AND THE SIBILING TO CHOP UP AS A DISTRACTION.

BECAUSE BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! VOYAGES.

What is this voyage of BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! to Smiths Alternative for?
I hear you ask.

IT IS FOR THE POETRY SLAM.

That means we want your words on stage for two minutes with no props no music for prizes.

And we want you – the audience – for all of the night to yell and clap and jeer and heckle and drink.

And we want you there judging because what would poetry be without judging.

And for that we give you a stage, two microphones, audience, MCs, The Master of Conflict, The Score Adder, The Sacrificial Poet, The Sound Guy, The Feature Acts and The Toilets. And The Lights too.

AND WE PROVIDE THE MOST FIRST PRIZES EVER FOR THE CLAIMING BY THOSE WHO WIN 1ST PRIZE.

So join BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! at Smiths Alternative on Tuesday 15 April, 7:30pm with your original words, no propos, no music.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! vs Transit Bar vs You Are Here

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! RETURNS TO STOMP THROUGH THE CITY OF YOUR HEART WITH LASERS FOR EYES AND A SUPER FREEZE TAIL SWISH!

Because it is March and we battle You Are Here!

Pew Pew
Swish (Freezing crackle noise)

We want your words on stage for two minutes with no props no music and your original material, TO BE JUDGED FOR PRIZES, FIRST PRIZES.

A WHOLE LOT OF FIRST PRIZES!

We want you in the audience to judge, TO JUDGE TO GIVE AWAY FIRST PRIZES.

FIRST PRIZES.

We want you in the audience to audience, TO AUDIENCE YOUR HEARTS OUT ALL OVER THE FLOOR.

THE FLOOR.

Yo ki–Pew Pew–arrrrr!
Swish (Freezing crackle noise)

And because this is the kind of battle that you would want to have to crush the city you love we bring you:

Finnigan and Brother
Finnigan and Brother is the duo of siblings Chris and David Finnigan. Formed in Canberra, Australia, Finnigan and Brother have performed their ragged blend of music and spoken word for crowds around Australia and Colombia. Chris creates eerie and blissful songs and soundscapes using a guitar, loop station and FX pedal, over which David performs scattered story-poems sampling popstar interviews, overheard conversations, science texts, FM/AM radio and ancient historians.

And we bring you from Brisbane:

Ma Ya Ga Ng Re Ne
Ma Ya Ga Ng Re Ne (aka Thomas A. Day) is a multi-disciplinary artist, who is currently exploring experiential installations, which seek to synthesise elements of digital and analogue collage, manipulated visuals, sound, and live performance. He has featured as a spoken word, performance and installation artist at Australian festivals, arts spaces and events including the Queensland Poetry, Woodford Folk, Tasmanian Poetry, Brisbane Emerging Arts, Brisbane Fringe and Brisbane Festivals.

Pew Pew
Swish (Freezing crackle noise)

And from Texas we bring you:

Good Ghost Bill
Good Ghost Bill (aka Bill Moran) was a proud member of the 2011-2013 Austin Poetry Slam national teams, as well as the 2012 & 2013 Austin Poetry Slam Champion and 2013 Southern Fried Haiku Champion. He has co-directed the Texas Grand Slam two years running, featured at venues and taught workshops across the US, conducted long-term poetry programs at a local juvenile justice center, as well as released three books and a CD. He is currently the president of Mic Check, a non-profit poetry and spoken word organization based in Brazos County, Texas.

Pew Pew
Swish (Freezing crackle noise)

And because Hadley is dead (MAY HE REST IN PEACE) we fill The Hadley Memorial Slots with Ellie Malbon.

So join BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, 7:30pm Wednesday 19 February, Transit Bar.

Remember, no props, no music, and your original words, for prizes!
FIRST PRIZES.

We’re super exci–Pew Pew–arrrrr!

Swish (Freezing crackle noise)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Word Co-op and You Are Here

Word Co-op

19:30 to 21:30, Saturday 15 March 
The ANU Co-op Food Store  
3 Kingsley Street, ACT

Word Co-op is a bimonthly poetry night at the ANU Food Co-op, this special March edition is brought to you in conjunction with You Are Here.

For the evening we have Dr P.S. Cottier, Ma Ya Ga Ng Re Ne, Good Ghost Bill and Roshelle Fong.

Chai and potentially even cup-cakes will be available for your delectation before proceedings and during the break.

Entry is by donation.


Here are some brief notes about our performers:

Dr P.S. Cottier
P.S. Cottier has been writing for aeons, but in 2007 she decided that poetry was her main mad discipline. She loves the ability to dwell in words; to play in the vocabulary sandpit with sharpened spade, and a bucket that leaks puns beyond the pale. She likes ideas in a poem as much as sound, which makes her a tad old-fashioned, if not totes eighteenth century. She has three books of poetry published, and wrote a PhD on Dickens. Recently she has discovered the ambiguous pleasures of editing. You can call her Post Script (as she nearly forgot to seek publication). You can call her Peripatetic Similes, if you like big words. You can even call her Penelope Susan (as that is her name).

Ma Ya Ga Ng Re Ne
Ma Ya Ga Ng Re Ne, aka Thomas A. Day, is a multi-disciplinary artist, who is currently exploring experiential installations, which seek to synthesise elements of digital and analogue collage, manipulated visuals, sound, and live performance. He has featured as a spoken word, performance and installation artist at Australian festivals, arts spaces and events including the Queensland Poetry, Woodford Folk, Tasmanian Poetry, Brisbane Emerging Arts, Brisbane Fringe and Brisbane Festivals.

Good Ghost Bill
Good Ghost Bill (aka Bill Moran) was a proud member of the 2011-2013 Austin Poetry Slam national teams, as well as the 2012 & 2013 Austin Poetry Slam Champion and 2013 Southern Fried Haiku Champion. He has has co-directed the Texas Grand Slam two years running, featured at venues and taught workshops nationwide, conducted long-term poetry programs at a local juvenile justice center, as well as released three books and a CD. He is currently the president of Mic Check, a non-profit poetry and spoken word organization based in Brazos County, Texas.

Roshelle Fong
Roshelle is a little bit silly from head to toe. She shares an entirely reasonable height of 5'2'' with Reese Witherspoon, who she will one day meet and stand back-to-back with, barefoot. It is probable that this whole-body fist-pump of aligned proportions will shatter both girls' perceptions of perfection. She loves making films and dancing for hours on end until her intestines are very grumpy with her. Roshelle, not Reese. Roshelle can't speak for Reese. Yet. As a zygote she really knew how to work a womb. But enough about the past.