For October WestWords and West Side Poetry Slam partnered to bring you featured poets Mel Rees and Reese North
Tell your story and stay connected during this age of social distancing!
Get ready for a night of poetry that gives you chills up your spine!
ZOOM link will be posted closer to the event date.
NOTE: This event has been moved from the 3rd Wednesday of the month to the 3rd Monday.
ABOUT: West Side Poetry Slam is an open mic night once every month. Sign up on the night and perform/read an original piece of writing to open minds, hearts, and arms. Random audience members score just for the fun of it and you could win a support feature slot at the next slam. Other performance art forms are also welcome. Anything can be poetry.
DONATION: This is a pay-what-you-can-afford event. $10 standard and $5 concession is recommended. However, if you can afford even a $1 please donate to our partner organisation to help support our slam and pay our feature poets. Sharing the event, following our socials, liking our posts, and leaving a review is also very much appreciated and a big help!
Account #: 1131 4940
Please write in the description: WestWords Donation
Mel Ree (Big Siis) trained as an actor, identifies as a messenger, poet and fierce woman. Born in Papua New Guinea to the daughter of a chief, her ancestors sit at the base of her spine spurring her on to tell her story, hoping to spark wildfires within listeners that burn down differences, uniting us in our pain and understanding of this human condition.
Reese North was born and bred in Newcastle NSW, and began writing poetry at Primary school. He graduated University with a History Major, and lived for 14 years with First Nation people. Reese represented the Hunter Valley as one of a number of regional poets at the Opera House for the first Sydney Writer’s Festival in 1995. In 2003 ten of his poems were exhibited as part of Andrew Ford’s ‘The Waltz Book’ event also at the Opera House. He has published his work in a variety of anthologies. Reese presently works as a Facilitator doing his best to help people with addictions, consequently some of his poetry explores the tragic aspects of the human condition.
Register in advance of the event to participate or cheer along!
Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam Champion?
Poets have two minutes to perform their original work; no props, no costumes, no music. Judges are randomly chosen from the online audience. The two highest-scoring poets will go on to represent Paramatta in the Western Sydney Final.
In the interests of maintaining fairness, poets must perform in their local heat to be eligible. Please get in touch with your local heat organisers to confirm your eligibility.
When: October 19, 7-9pm
Meeting ID: 883 2900 5402
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