The Geraldton Poetry Club is bringing audiences the intriguing experience of performance, writing and poetry combined for a weekend of artistic thrills. For the very first time in Geraldton, the Port City Poetry Weekender on August 1 and 2 will feature a free writing and performance workshop, the well-loved Poetry in the Pub show and a delicious breakfast to top it all off.
Join renowned Western Australian poets Kevin Gillam, Allan Boyd and Maitland Schnaars as they lead audiences and workshoppers through the wilds of collaborative performance poetry, intertwining music, spoken word and carefully spun yarns for a bewitching evening of wordy goodness. This special 3-hour workshop run by these poet extraordinaires will be held at the Geraldton Regional Library as part of the two-day residency in Geraldton for the first ever Poetry Weekender.
Each poet is an expert in their own field and will focus on different aspects of poetry to extend and expand the audience’s poetic horizons. With sessions on starter ideas and voicing in poems, performance poetry and the delivery of a subversive text, as well as a brief entree into the history of Aboriginal poetry and collaborative performance, there is something for every and any poet in the port city.
“Performance poetry is the noisy cousin of 'traditional' poetry. It’s in your face and it's dynamic and it's a lot of things that poetry can't just be on the page. It's a well-written celebration of the spectacle of the spoken word,” explains Event Organiser, Rosie Sitorus.
The free poetry workshop is brought to you free of charge by the Geraldton Poetry Club with the immense support of the City of Greater Geraldton and the Geraldton Regional Library.
After this exciting workshop, the Geraldton Poetry Club will be showcasing the poet’s new talents at the Poetry in the Pub show featuring the poetic stylings of the poets-in-residence. Poetry in the Pub is your annual fill of words and wine at one of our region's most atmospheric venues, the Hampton Arms.
Audiences are warmly invited to bring along their own words and poems to share during the open mic sessions.
“There are so many people in Geraldton just itching to try new things and whilst poetry is nothing new, we think this is a great reinvention of something people know and love. At Poetry in the Pub, punters will have the chance to throw their hat in the ring alongside some of our state's best,” says Rosie.
The Poetry Weekender wraps up on Sunday 2 August with a Poets' Breakfast at Tropicano's at Point Moore.
"Poetry at the Point will be a great, relaxing end to the weekend of wild words," continues Rosie. "It'll be a chance to listen to the guest poets read more of their poetry and to discuss the culture surrounding our local poets in Geraldton."
You can sign up for the workshop through the link below:
To get a ticket to Poetry at the Pub, $55 gets you a spot on the bus (leaving from Geraldton Regional Library) , a spot at the table for dinner and a part in the magic of the evening that will be Poetry in the Pub.
Tickets strictly limited and available from the link below:
Tickets for the Poets' Breakfast are $20, include the Tropicano's buffet breakfast and are available from www.geraldtonpoetry.com