On the 26 of May, international performance poets Kate Tempest (UK) and Anis Mojgani (USA) graced the Sydney Writers’ Festival with breath taking performances. Responding to each others work they performed several poems to a packed crowd. Audiences vied for prime positions and front row dwellers mouthed to words, people peeked through windows and dangled legs over banisters. It was a wonderful compliment to the earlier spoken word poetry event Troubadours and Minstrels and the atmosphere was warm and friendly.
Performances were made by Skye Loneragan, Miles Merrill, CJ Bowerbird, Jo Sri, Tom Hogan (aka Scott Sandwich) and others. It was wonderful to see local talents alongside international performers, and to see that the spoken word poetry scene has so much to offer. The performances of poets from so many varied cultures and experiences brought an atmosphere of creativity, collaboration and community to the event.
Photo by Jamie Williams.
Candy Royalle with troubadours.
Troubadours and Minstrels was an explorative spoken word poetry event held as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, hosted by slam poetry non-for profit Word Travels. After being split into four groups, guests were invited to explore a different side of the Rocks. The audience members were led through the historic area by troubadours to cracks and crevasses where minstrels appeared and performed. In the first week (18th, 19th May), it was the poetry of Cj Shaw, Jade Oldfield, Catherina Behan and Tom Hogan (aka Scott Sandwich) that dazzled the audience. The second week (26th May) featured performances by Anis Mojgani, CJ Bowerbird, Jo Sri and Eleanor Jackson. Both weeks were hosted by Candy Royalle.
It was a fantastic event that left audience members begging for more time with the very talented poets (it was hard to get them to move on). It was an honour to see such highly esteemed performers in such intimate spaces.
2012 Australian Poetry Slam runner up Jo Sri.
Candy Royalle warms up the audience.
Australian Poetry Slam 2012 winner CJ Bowerbird performing.
Two-time winner of the Midsumma Poetry Out Loud slam and recent National Poetry Slam finalist Eleanor Jackson performing.
Eleanor Jackson performing.
National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam Anis Mojgani in the intimate space.
Anis Mojgani performing.
NOTES: I was only able to get pictures of the performances on the second week. Apologies for the Iphone quality of the photos.