Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sweetalkers presents ANTHROPOETRY: The Players (08/03/2013)


At Sweetalkers next Tuesday, these are the people I'll be trying to squeeze ten dollars worth of poetry out of for you...


Ben Mellor is a UK writer, performer and poet who has performed at theatres and international festivals, garnering critical acclaim wherever he goes. He won BBC Radio 4’s National Poetry Slam 2009 and the Dike Omeje Slam Poetry Award 2008. He has had poems and short stories published by Corporate Watch, Inc. Magazine, Poetry Review and Route and his first full length collection, with accompanying spoken word album – both titled Light Made Solid – were published by Flapjack Press in 2010/11.

Anthropoetry is Ben’s first full-length spoken word show, and his third solo show after the critically acclaimed theatre pieces ‘Voices of Dissent’ (Contact) and Everything We Need (Royal Exchange/ Dartington), both part of the Changing Cycles Project – “Mellor is astounding in his performance” **** The Public Reviews.

Dan and Ben began working together on Voices of Dissent and the two have continued to collaborate on various theatre, music and spoken word projects over the years. They are currently also playing together in a band called Geddes Loom, which also features the singing, songwriting and ‘cello talents of Léonie Higgins.

The Big Chill Campfire Sessions: Ben Mellor
(if you are not seeing a playable YouTube window above click (here)


Dan Steele has been playing music since an early age, starting out on the Piano, and taking up the guitar at around 12, but regrettably giving up on piano at the same time, although he likes to tinkle the ivories again these days.  He has played in bands for most of the time since learning guitar, some have been better than others.

Dan works as sound engineer, composer and sound designer for theatre.  Has a solo project producing electronic music, often using found sounds as well as often working in collaboration with other artists.  He has been working in theatre since leaving school, initially as a sound engineer, and later finding himself working as Sound Designer for various projects.  Composing professionally came later as for a long time writing music was something he did only for himself.

(below: Ben and Dan doin' their thing together on stage)

Dan and Ben began working together on Voices of Dissent and the two have continued to collaborate on various theatre, music and spoken word projects over the years. They are currently also playing together in a band called Geddes Loom, which also features the singing, songwriting and ‘cello talents of Léonie Higgins.


Randall has somehow managed to convince award winning Australian writer Briohny Doyle to return to the spoken word stage to slum it with us poets yet again. A ”scholar of the apocalypse” she has written for Ampersand Magazine, Going Down Swinging, Overland, Cordite, Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow and all over the internet.

Briohny has taken the stage at the Cockatoo Island Festival, The State Library of NSW, The Melbourne Writer’s Festival, The National Young Writer’s Festival, The Overload Poetry Festival and The Wheeler Centre for Books and Ideas with everything from room stopping spoken word to XXX fan porn. She’s been commissioned to write performance work from the Sydney Festival, The Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, The Red Room Poetry Company and the Sydney Writer’s Festival.
Have a squizz at her website:

To check out podcasts of Briohny's spoken word (sound edited by yours truly) go to: 


Emily Andersen is an Australian poet who lives in Melbourne (and sometimes London), whose work is inspired by the themes of pop music, politics and place. Emily was mentored by the late Dorothy Porter between 2004 and 2005, and made her Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in 2012 with her one-woman spoken word show Love in the Key of Britpop.
She has performed her poetry on the BBC 6 Music breakfast show, as well as at spoken word events in the UK and Australia, and at Fringe World in Perth and Adelaide Fringe. Emily previously wrote, produced and performed in plays for her former company the Union Players, and was General Manager of young writers’ organisation Express Media between 2007 and 2010. As well as writing, her passions include activism, community cultural development, psycho-geography, the Fitzroy Football Club, and pop and indie music, particularly Britpop, the Beatles and Morrissey.

...and your MC for the night is:

(hey y'know what? I just rewrote this bio for a couple of submissions that probably won't ever see the light of day, so here is...)

A Melbourne-based performance poet who combines humorous and personal writing with an energetic delivery style to create a strong stage presence.  His work in concerned with masculine identity, romance and relationships, eroticism, travel, sustainable living, the experience of urban cyclists, people who annoy him, and dinosaurs.  Randall has toured his poetry extensively in Australia with his first spoken word album Product, as well as in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo, competed in poetry slams in New York and London.

His work has been broadcast on RRR and 3CR in Melbourne, and published by erotic fiction label Little Raven, as well as in Australian Poetry’s online journal Sotto.  Together with filmmaker Alex Scott, Randall won the Queensland Poetry Festivals Filmmakers’ Challenge in 2011, for their collaboration on an animated poetry film “I Statements”.

 Randall serves as Vice President of the Melbourne Poets Union, and is currently writing a book of gonzo-poetry about his work with Asylum Seekers entitled “The Gated Community”. In 2013 Randall and long-time collaborator Steve Smart will also be releasing “Fuck These Guys” a series of chapbooks collecting their work on their hang ups about women and sex. 

He also hates re-writing his bio, and has vowed not to do so again for a while. 

oh and the bloody venue....

John Curtin Hotel, 29 Lygon Street, directly opposite Trades Hall. (it looks exactly like the above photo)

(and almost exactly the same at this photo below)


So, I guess it's C U Next Tuesday...


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