Sunday, 30 April 2017

Word Play ~An evening of Spoken Word, Poetry & Theatrics~


Word Play 
~An evening of Spoken Word, Poetry & Theatrics~




What’s Going On?

Strap yourself in as seven scintillating spoken word artistes fill your evening with renditions of satire, sensuality, nihilism, socialism, sound compositions and more… featuring Amy Bodossian - Benjamin Solah  - Brendan Bonsack - Danksta Downunder – Geoffrey Datson - Hunch - Lisa McLean.

With music and poetry from Brendan Bonsack (Accidental Bedfellows) to poetry from raconteur and world traveller, Hamish Danksta Brown (Danksta Downunder).

Currently touring the east coast from Queensland, Geoffrey Datson, from psychedelic folk duo ~Datson Hughes~, will amaze with an incredible piece from his EP ‘Whispering Highway’.

After a phenomenal circuit of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, spoken word and cabaret artiste Amy Bodossian will make you laugh, make you cry and possibly a little bit aroused with her mischievous morphology of words.

Slammer and performer, Hunch will impress us with his speed of wit, his interwoven words and his vocal dexterity.

Lisa McLean will inspire and melt your heart as she takes you deep within the shadow of her psyche to tantalise and inspire you with her revelations of truth and beauty through Spoken Word.

Benjamin Solah, the man behind Melbourne Spoken Word is described as a writer to be reckoned with… his work is passionate, no holds-barred and pulls no punches!

Hop on a tram, train, bus, bike, taxi or uber and discover what this night will deliver....


oors - Bar - Lounge - Courtyard:
from 8pm

Stage:
from 8:30pm sharp

Arrive early, grab yourself a bevie from the bar over a chat with friends and chill out in the lounge or courtyard before the show

Venue minimum dress request:
Neat smart, neat casual or even a little eccentric.
No torn jeans or casual shorts, no thongs/flip-flops permitted at any time.

Event Enq: James
0478 093 068 ~ Mon – Fri 12pm – 8pm

Other Enq: BluAfterGlow
0412 510 424 ~ Mon - Fri 12pm - 8pm
Please do not send text messages, as they cannot be replied to.



Tickets:
Bookings are recommended, secure your ticket on-line now.
On-line bookings close at 7pm on show day.
Tickets may be available on the door, if not sold out prior.

Pre-sale Tickets: www.trybooking.com/278680

$29 - Reserved premium cocktail table seat
$29 - Reserved premium High Table seat
$22 - General entry non-reserved seat
$18 - Concession non-reserved seat.


~ Amy Bodossian ~



Critically acclaimed Cabaret performer and Spoken Word artist, Amy is an eccentric and unforgettable performer who has been captivating audiences for over fifteen years with her unique blend of song, spoken word and comedy.

Amy has appeared on ABC’s Spicks and Specks and Please Like Me, performed at major festivals across Australia and headlined most of Melbourne’s major poetry events. She's been nominated for a Green Room Award and received rave reviews.

★★★★½ - The Advertiser . . . . | . . . . ★★★★½ - Glam Adelaide’

~ Benjamin Solah ~



A wearer of various hats, Benjamin is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, Director of Melbourne Spoken Word and a co-producer at Slamalamadingdong. He grew up in western Sydney and after moving to Melbourne, became addicted to the vibrant spoken word scene. He has been described as 'a writer to be reckoned with' and his work as 'no-holds-barred passionate'.

Benjamin has been featured in Overland, Going Down Swinging and Cordite Poetry Review as well as featured at Passionate Tongues, The Dan, Voices in the Attic, The Owl & Cat Readings plus White Night and Melbourne Fringe.

~ Brendan Bonsack ~



An accomplished poet and songwriter, Brendan has featured at Australian and European festivals with his written work appearing in print and on-line.

Brendon’s original songs have been released over ten solo albums and may be heard in cafes and bars around Melbourne. He has produced six books of poetry, including a collaborative work with poets from coastal Australia and the US where his most recent collection is published by Blank Rune Press.

Brendon’s poetry and music is available online at www.brendanbonsack.com

~ Geoffrey Datson (Datson Hughes) ~




A sound artist combining spoken word, electronica and instrumentation in his recordings. Datson's recorded work is a synthesis of forms of sonic expression in which the voice and the sound field are interdependent. He has two books in print: 'Protest Singer' and 'Then, and Then; a memoir', and many recordings soon for digital re-release.

Datson has appeared at the Gloucester, Byron Bay, Wordjammin's 'Random Acts of Poetry' at the Brisbane Writers' Festival and Reality Bites Non-fiction Festival. He is currently working in collaboration with Melbourne artist Nicholas Nedelkopoulos on a major series entitled the Datson Driveby, each 15 min episode incorporating film, poetry, music, song and spoken word. He is currently touring his psychedelic folk duo Datson Hughes's EP Whispering Highway . www.datsonhughes.com


~ Hunch (Daymon Greulich) ~





Hunch explores his own limits through spoken word, both physically and mentally, with his rambunctious rantings of self-loathing and self-acceptance.
Known for his signature syncopated style and twisted lyrics, he searches for humour and absurdity in the darkest recesses of the human condition.
In just over two years as a spoken word performer, Hunch has fast-talked his way to a Voices In The Attic feature, scored a victory at Melbourne Spoken Word's Wham Bam Thank You Slam and has been a support act for American spoken word superstar, Oveous.

~ Danksta Downunder ~





Born in Sydney 1957 and facing the facts of this being a sexagenary year. A nomadic poet, writer (in English and French) and spoken word performer who arrived in Melbourne a year ago after extensive travels around the world.
Shortlisted for the Melbourne Spoken Word Prize 2016, Danksta has performed in heats of the Australian and Toronto Poetry Slams and at events of all kinds including Adelaide Fringe, Woodford Folk Festival, Bowery Poetry Club, Spoken Word Paris and Istanbul.
Frequently published in journals and websites here and abroad.
Currently writing a new collection 'Sifting Through Poembers' to be published later this year and involved in organising poetry and spoken word events in Melbourne.

~ Lisa McLean ~




a Melbourne-based poet who has been writing poetry for 18 years, where her work has been described as raw, confrontational, passionate and infinitely entertaining.
Lisa performs on a wide range of topics, though especially loves expressing her dark side. She recently published her first book of poetry called 'Shadow' , which follows her exploration of the dark and unconscious aspects of her psyche.
Lisa can be found appearing on the circuit where she has featured at various events such as Blame Smarty, Simply Spoken, Poetry at Absinthesalon and West Word.


Find Lisa's book here: www.au.blurb.com/b/7761814-shadow

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Brickley Jules – Vested In Her Release date: April 26, 2015.

Brickley Jules – Vested In Her

Release date: April 26, 2015.

Red Wolf Press would like to announce a new release from a very good friend and supporter of what we are trying to do here:





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Small town biker princess Haven Mercedes Johnson wants to live a normal life, but she’s relentlessly protected by her father and his crazy right-hand man who will do anything to keep her under his thumb. With the help of an ex, Haven escapes the confines of the club, and after one last wild night, she eagerly sets off to start a new life. After being on the run for days, she’s taken under the wing of a kind woman named Ruby, and with her help, Haven disappears.
 Riker Davis will do anything to earn a vest and become a member in Chrome Thunder, a prestigious motorcycle club. His chances are bleak until Haven, the club leader’s daughter, runs away. As a prospect, Riker is tasked to finding her, and he agrees, determined to do anything to earn a vest, including finding a woman who doesn’t want to be brought home.
 Haven thinks she’s in the clear until Riker walks into the diner where she works, and her old life boomerangs back at her. Now she must choose, go back to her old life and give Riker what he wants, a vest in her father’s club, or give him up and keep the life she’s always dreamed of.

Friday, 3 February 2017

SUPPORT THE BANDCAMP REFUGEE INITIATIVE



100 PERCENT OF ALL PROCEEDS GO TO ACLU SUPPORT BANDCAMP! 
You can help support the urgent work of the American Civil Liberties Union by simply purchasing any my spoken album “Hell is Other People” online from Bandcamp.
Red Wolf Press Aust. stands by and supports
the Band Camp initiative!

Like 98% of U.S. citizens (including the President), I am the descendant of immigrants—my great-grandparents came to America from Russia and Lithuania as teenagers and worked in sweatshops until they were able to afford to bring the rest of their families over. Most everyone you speak to in this country has a similar story to tell, because we are, in fact, a nation of immigrants, bound together by a shared belief in justice, equality, and the freedom to pursue a better life. In this context, last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States is not simply immoral, it violates the very spirit and foundation of America.
Contrary to the assertions of the current administration, the order will not make us safer (an opinion shared by the State Department and many members of Congress including prominent Republicans). Christian religious leaders have denounced both the ban, as well as the exception prioritizing Christian immigrants, as inhumane. It is an unequivocal moral wrong, a cynical attempt to sow division among the American people, and is in direct opposition to the principles of a country where the tenet of religious freedom is written directly into the Constitution. This is not who we are, and it is not what we believe in. We at Bandcamp oppose the ban wholeheartedly, and extend our support to those whose lives have been upended.

And so all day today (starting at 12:01am Pacific Time), for any purchase you make on Bandcamp, we will be donating 100% of our share of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union, who are working tirelessly to combat these discriminatory and unconstitutional actions.

As another way of showing solidarity with the immigrants and refugees from the seven banned countries—as well as those impacted by the construction of the Mexican border wall—we’ve compiled a list of albums made by artists from the affected countries (Bandcamp may be incorporated in the United States, but we host artists from every corner of the world). We believe that knowledge and empathy are crucial weapons against fear and intolerance. We hope that, as you listen to these albums, you’ll not only discover some great new artists, but will also gain a further appreciation and understanding for the way music transcends all borders, and remember that, even in the darkest of times, there is more that unites us than divides us.
— Ethan Diamond, Bandcamp Founder & CEO

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Halloween Feast by James WF Roberts

Halloween Feast
by James WF Roberts

Here they come
all those little kiddies
dressed in their capes
and their shields,
Princesses and Little Green men,
Spider man and Wolverine.
Their skin oily and loose
from pigging out all night
as they go from house to house.
There’s something about
American life these days
that makes me hungry.

So, many kids, fat and docile
zombified from behavioural drugs
fast food, TV, phones, pads, Facebook
and consoles.
The fatter they are
the harder it is for them
to get away; why would they want to get away
from little old me?

I have cakes,
I have candies,
I have candy-apples
gum drops, gingerbread men
everything a baker can bake
to entice his prey.

And here they all come
two by two this human
anime zoo,
my piper’s song
baked goods wafting out my chimney
they’re floating like a Disney movie
straight to my door

straight through my door
as they gorge themselves
plumper, and plumper; with my baster I drizzle extra
virgin olive oil.

Their skin glisten,  like wet leather
Calm down—calm down!—patience—patience is all  that is required.
Why are they always so eager to jump in the hot tub,
with all of  their little friends?

I throw in some carrots, parsley, potatoes and leaks.
four onions and four flowers of garlic—just for a dash of flavour.
I switch off the light. 

Down comes the lid of my giant pot.

Me and the pastor will be eating tonight!

“Trick or Treat” (a drabble).

“Trick or Treat” (a drabble).
James WF Roberts

Fuzzy. Everything’s fuzzy, out of focus. Head throbbing. What’s that rancid smell? Where am I? What happened? Come on think…think. What’s the last thing you remember?

A muffled scream echoes down a hall way.
Fuck! What was that?  Fuck!
Gunshot rings out. Creaking floorboards. A door slams.
Don’t make a sound. Don’t make a sound!

Heavy foot falls, pound wooden floorboards.
SHIT! Shit! What’s happening…where am I? last thing I remember. Opening the door some kids screaming out “trick or treat”. The world went dark.
Keys are fumbling. Latch open. Dull eyes are staring.
“trick or treat…girlie”. He reaches in. 

The Ballad of Jack ‘O’ Lantern By James WF Roberts

The Ballad of Jack ‘O’ Lantern 


by James WF Roberts


Old Jack, was of the Emerald isle,
they say, he traveled a mighty mile
by sea, over mountains, swampy road
only ambition was to find and build a home.

‘That’s enough for a man’,
he’d say, ‘who wants riches
power or fame?
I’ve a good patch of land
cattle and crop
just a good cigar
a nip of a wee drop’.

But, all did not augur well for this man named Jack
for a drought had come hard and come fast,
his beautiful crop, had turned all to ash,
all except his strong and lucky pumpkin patch. 

Poor Old Jack, started drinking
desperate for cash,
oh, poor Jack fell deep, and he fell fast,
pretty soon all he did was lying and sinning
women and whiskey, dice, card or horse,
he’d make his luck back, by skill or by force.
he’d given up on prayin’, he’d given up all hope,
then he happened by a Spring Heeled Jack
bored and looking for a chance.



Old Jack knew what he was doing
when he offered a game to that stranger,
Spring Heeled Jack, was the Devil, so old Jack knew of the danger
he offered his soul and his strong pumpkin patch,
if old Nick himself would turn all the dirt in Jack’s pockets, into cold hard cash.
Not caring for the warning, or the deal he had made,
with a wave of a hand



Jack soon became the richest man in the land
But, old Jack did get greedy, and old Nick would laugh,
for soon Jack wanted every farm in the land
an angry mob stormed his homestead
where old Jack’s stubborn and greed, knew no end,
a fight broke out, old Jack lost his head.

And now every Halloween he wanders around
every state, every city, every town,
looking for his head, so he can be buried in full, where his body remains.

For all the children say, ‘run, run, run and hide,
if Jack looks you in the eye, you die and take his place,
wandering the land for his lost head.



We put out those pumpkins, every October, to send old Jack on his way.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Release Day: The Siren's Call, issue #29 Hallowe'en.



Release Day: The Siren's Call, issue #29 Hallowe'en.


The 29th issue of The Sirens Call eZine comes in at 167 pages and features short stories, flash fiction, and poetry centered on the theme of Hallowe'en Hell.

It also contains artwork by, and an interview with, Joe Roberts, as well as interviews with KL Dantes, author of Mill's Woods, and Maynard Blackoak, author of Eerie Trails of the Wild Weird West!


It's such an honour to be published in such illustrious company.
  Artist, Joe Roberts (@Joe_R_Roberts). Authors: Diane Arrelle, James Austin, Maynard Blackoak, C. Cooch, Stuart Conover, Stephen Crowley, Jessica Curtis, Calvin Demmer, Stacy Fileccia, Marlena Frank, David J. Gibbs, J.W. Grace (Jim Grace), L. Page Hamilton (Laura Hamilton), Jill Hand, Kevin Holton, Patrick Loveland, Kahramanah, Nick Manzolillo, R.J. Meldrum (Richard Meldrum), Jacob Carl Mielke, Otis Moore Jr., Madeline Mora-Summonte, Megan O'Leary, Carl Palmer, Author Lucretia Richmond, James WF Roberts, Andrew Robertson, Rory J. Roche, Nicolas Rose, B. David Spicer (Brian Spicer), Mark Steinwachs, Larry Underwood, J.M. Van Horn, Tim Wellman, Terry M. West, Matthew Wilson, Patrick Winters, and KL Dantes. And of course, our relentless team at SCP: Julianne Snow, Gloria Bobrowicz, and Nina D'Arcangela (plus all the usual assorted suspects/minions who go un-named)


Download it free here today: 

http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/pdfs/SirensCallEZine_October2016.pdf