Unspoken Words

Sat Jun 3 10:30 2017 - Sat Jun 3 16:00 2017

A festival of stories

Come and listen to the best of storytelling from a range of voices and communities. This is about spoken word and unspoken words. Writers show their craft, and direct their own discussions about it.

What is overlooked or silenced when it comes to poetry? Who’s there, and who’s missing? How can we broaden the range of stories we’re engaging with? How can we ask the uncomfortable questions? How does our storytelling and storylistening affect the way we do other things? This is a kind of fringe SWF.

Doors open 10:30AM. Sessions start 11AM and finish at 5PM. Tickets TICKETS AVAILABLE https://www.chuffed.org/ project/a-festival-of-stories

Making Poems Making Poetics
Evelyn Araluen

11:00 – 11:45am, main stage

The Aboriginal voice is a central anxiety for institutions of Australian literature and poetics. Accepted narratives of the birth of Aboriginal literary history negotiate fixed points in the twentieth century, and recognise only narrow parameters of creative expression and practice. Today, this dynamic is rapidly shifting. In this lecture Evelyn Araluen challenges the origin story of a shared, national poetic and asks how Australian poetics today can and must benefit from the philosophies, perspectives, and provocations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices.

Let's Get LoudLet’s Get Loud

Subbed In

12:00 – 12:45pm, main stage

This session aims to give emerging writers a safe space to learn, discuss and practice the art of reading/performing their work in public. Dan Hogan and Stacey Teague will show participants a range of oral modes recorded from their literary reading series Subbed In and encourage writers to give voice to their work on the page. Dan and Stacey will provide coaching (how to effectively use a microphone, voice, body language, etc.). The workshop will include an opportunity for writers to read/perform their work (if they feel up to it – it is a safe/supportive safe), as well as a guided informal discussion around ‘reading anxiety’, questions regarding Doing A Reading, and viewing of associated videos of live performances.

Visual NavigationVisual Navigation

Emily Crocker, Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, Effy Marie Smith

12:00 – 12:45pm, backstage / outside if weather permitting

Visual Navigation will examine the word as image, and the image as word—equipping participants with new ways to think about each of these in their own practice. We’ll interchange visual metaphors and word imagery, considering what is absent and what gained in each rephrasing. We’ll then move to re-purposing established forms for a different medium (e.g. by creating shape-haikus and portrait-poems).

PoesifikaPoesifika: Land and Language of the South Pacific Oceanic States

Sea, Stelly Gappasauress, MC Trey, Joseph Zane.

1:00 – 1:45pm, main stage

The Oceanic States of the South Pacific region have a rich history of cultural expression and creative practices. Sea and Joseph invite you to experience their folklore traditions served on a poetic landscape through a power pact talanoa session comprising of short films and poetry performances, focusing on pacific tongues and climate change. Sea will be joined by special guests Stelly Gappasauress (showing her work ‘SA YADRA MAI NA MARAMA LAILAI’), MC Trey (performing her new track, ‘Daily’), and Joseph Zane (from 350 Pacific & 350.org, speaking on frontline climate change action in the Pacific).

Haiku Drop-in Paper AlchemyHaiku Drop-in Paper Alchemy

Fayroze Lutta

2:00 – 2:45pm, backstage

Group or individual drop-in haiku poetry writing experience for all levels, all ages. Join in the haiku poem creating experience or create your own. Learn how to use a typewriter to create your own personalised postcard on limited-edition and individualised gold stamped postcards made by Sydney’s own gold paper alchemist and bling stationaire, Fayroze.

Looping and Vocal EffectsLooping and Vocal Effects

Paige Phillips, Bron Watkins

2:30 – 3:15pm, main stage

We invite you to explore new vocal textures and create sonic landscapes using your words. No experience with other musical instruments is necessary! You will have the opportunity to learn and practice a variety of looping techniques, and are encouraged to experiment with brought poems in order to discover new possibilities for your words. Looping can be used to create amazing dynamics for performance, and can also be used as a tool for writing and rehearsal. After your looping practise, you are welcome to play in our pedal wonderland, where together we will explore the unlimited possibilities of vocal effects including distortion, reverb, tremolo, chorus, delays, octavers, phasers, flangers and more. This is a space where possibility, chance, and curiosity reign. There are no wrong sounds here, only sounds.

DevicesDevices: A workshop on disagreement and change

Emily Crocker

2:45 – 3:30pm, backstage / outside if weather permitting

Devices will explore poetry as a form of dissent. The workshop will give participants strategies to express disagreement and dispute ideas in their own writing, as well as present poetry as a tool to exhibit, and thereby advocate for, alternatives and change. Created for high-school-aged poets, welcoming to all ages.

The Afternoon Shift 1The Afternoon Shift

Evelyn Araluen, Emily Crocker, Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, Sea

3:30 – 5:00pm, Gasoline Pony (115 Marrickville rd, 5 minutes walk from the Red Rattler). Facebook event.

After a full day of workshops, lectures and panels, come around the corner to the Gasoline Pony for The Afternoon Shift. There will be live readings / performances from Evelyn Araluen, Emily Crocker, Holly Friedlander Liddicoat and Sea, as well as open mic (ten slots of three minutes each: sign up on the day).

This session will be in the back courtyard of the Gasoline Pony. It’s licenced, but minors are welcome. Entrance is free and open to the public, not just festival ticket-holders, so bring your mates!


All welcome. Humans aged under 7 get in FREE.

This festival takes place on Gadigal land, where sovereignty was never ceded. The festival organisers wish to pay respects and ask permission for storytelling to take place here. Always was, always will be.

Please respect the presenters and the space. No tolerance for disrespect / discrimination. There will be folks on the door and the floor taking care of things. If you need anything, please come to us. Here's a policy on safety and respect from the Rat:http://www.redrattler.org/sydn ey/Policy+.

Here's our info on accessibility: https://unspokenwordsfest. wordpress.com/accessibility/. If there's something else you need, please let us know!