JELTJE FANOY (jeltje)
has been writing, performing and publishing poetry in Australia since the 1970s. Since the early 1990s she has broadened her activities in collaborations with other performance artists, including the soundscape for the Big River project at Scienceworks (1995, Melbourne International Arts Festival), the sound poetry CD accompanying a commemorative edition of work by the late Jas H Duke (poems of life and death, collective effort press, 2003), the CD Dreaming in English with improvising musician Harry Williamson (2005), as well as various performance projects and recordings with the improvising group Unamunos Quorum (UQ) (including Voiceprints for the 2007 MIAF). Other publications include her collections Living in Aboriginal Australia (1988), Poetry Live in the House (2004) and Princes by night (2015), her translation of De Zon en de Wereld (The Sun and the World) by the Netherlands poet Arjen Duinker (2005), the anthologies Blowing out the Candles (1989), Poetry for Peace (CD, 2003) and the compilation CD Heart to Heart (Reconciliation Poetry at La Mama Poetica, 2004 – 2007). jeltje was the convenor of poetry performances at La Mama (Melbourne) from 2004-2010. http://www.ftloose.com.au/
's poetry crosses into the world of singing and sound, bringing surprising textures to what performance poetry can be. Her work has appeared in publications such as Unusual Work, Rabbit, Quadrant and Best Australian Poems, and on recordings such as the Voiceprints anthology of sound poetry. In 2012 she ran ‘La Mama Poetica’ for Melbourne's historic La Mama Theatre. Her CD Mouthful was listed in 3RRR's best spoken word releases for 2013: 'In this emotive, instinctive, consuming love poem to language, Fern uses sound, song and music with such grace and creativity... She is wonderful live and this CD captures her adventurous tone.' (Alicia Sometimes) http://cordite.org.au/tags/anna-fern/
SJAAK DE JONG
Moving on from the hallowed halls of Rock music in the sixties and later to the more obscurevenues (often cellars) of experimental and underground music Sjaak de Jong started to explore that rather magical world where language and music overlap. At times this took the form of working closely with poets providing accompaniments that tuned into and intermeshed with the musical lodes running through their poetry. At other times it culminated in performing, creating and promoting soundpoetry, especially as a founding member of the performance / soundpoetry chorus “UQ (Unamunos Quorum)”. For almost a quarter of a century UQ has worked the vein of soundpoetry previously explored by such groups as the legendary “The Four Horsemen” and more recently by “F’loom” and “AWOL Love Vibe”. Also during this time he collaborated with a variety of others as part of the F..tloose label publishing material from the border-regions where Music and Poetry overlap. http://www.ftloose.com.au/
ASHLEY J. HIGGS
is an artist, singer-poet, and all arts curator. His poems are sung, spoken, whispered, screamed; verses are twisted, changed, forgotten and transmogrified into sonic incantations. He has transformed around Australian festivals: Artrage, Perth Fringe Festival, Outrage Festival Melbourne, This Is Not Art Festival, St. Kilda Poets Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, Overload Poetry Festival, and the Totally Huge New Music Festival and National Poets Festival, Perth. Poems and music have been aired on Melbourne 3RRR, 3PBS and 3CR, and Perth’s RTR FM. His work has appeared in The Western Review, Verandah, Vehicle, Openmouth, Navigations, rHino, Southern Review (Vol. 34, No. 2), Nova, Five Bells Poets Union newsletter, Unusual Work, Boxkite, Collective Effort Press' the essential Chris Mann, Ars Poetica and Scarp. Ashley holds Diploma’s of Visual Arts (Sculpture major) and Professional Writing and Editing, from the Centre for Adult Education, Melbourne; completed three years reading Literature at Victoria College (now Deakin University) and holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts, in Sculpture and Spatial Practices from Victorian College of the Arts. Independent publishing of chapbooks and cdrs are released and managed through Dark Starless Night Productions. He currently performs in the musical ensembles We Are Denizens of Pluto, and, the Ashley J Higgs trio.
For the open section, up to 10 readers will read for 2 minutes each. Please arrive from 7pm to sign up. And feel free to perform a sound poem