Masterclass: Poetry

Poetry as a record, or a map. Poetic practice as protest. Poems as performance. Find your voice, and learn how to craft poetry with depth, clarity and concision.

10am Keynote: On Responsibility

With voice and freedom come responsibility. Narungga activist-poet Natalie Harkin , author of Dirty Words, speaks about the responsibility to remember and how poetry can offer new narratives of history.

10.30am The Poetic Gaze

The poetic gaze can offer vast possibilities to rewrite, reinterpret and rework narratives of the world and the self. Four writers explore their influences, seeing the world through a poetic lens, and crafting new visions and modes through poetic language.

With Shastra Deo, Magan Magan, Chris Tse and Saaro Umar

11.30am Adventures In Form

From hybrid texts to visual narratives, encoded poetry to ekphrasis, working with poetic form can provide space for infinite variation. Poets who work in unique visual and multidisciplinary forms discuss the perplexing, exciting and experimental aspects of their work.

With Alison CroggonLouis Klee, Benjamin Laird, and Prithvi Varatharajan

1.15pm Academics And Poetics

Exclusionary politics often come hand in hand with literary categorisations of poetry. This discussion will explore and deconstruct the ways in which certain experiences and perspectives are denied access to these classifications.

With Evelyn Araluen and Jonathan Dunk

2.00pm Rule Book

Do you have to know the rules to break them? Learn how to harness the fluidity and flexibility of poetic form to craft poems that leave your reader wanting more.

With Charlotte Guest, Melody Paloma, Anupama Pilbrow  and Gig Ryan

3pm Workshop: Poetry and Voice

Slam champion Emilie Zoey Baker will whip your performance poetry into shape, looking at how to write with voice, how to perform your work, and what makes for a stage presence that will blow your audience away.

Monday 25 June

$90 full/$75 concession

The Wheeler Centre Performance Space
176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000