AC ARTS’ Professional Writing Program announces inaugural SPOKE
During Adelaide’s month-long cavalcade of alternative & fringe dwelling celebration of the arts the Professional Writing Department of AC ARTS is producing SPOKE for the first time from 22 February, 2011.
Bringing a broad range of wordsmiths together of all ages, genders and cultural backgrounds to present a series of workshops, discussions and performance presentations, SPOKE Writers’ Festival provides a festival for all writers to extend their networks and share their work. Not the usual ring-in novelists from interstate, but local practitioners based in South Australia.
Guests include: Robyn Archer, Chris Tugwell, David Jobling, Michelle Saint-Yves, Rob de Kok, Rosalba Clemente, Terence Crawford, with more to be announced.
Just a stone’s throw from Adelaide’s cultural precinct in the comfort of AC ARTS’ X-Space Theatre, SPOKE slams it with poetry workshops, gives it up with open mic readings, and makes sense of the virtual platforms waiting to be filled with new writing.
Date Event Stream Time Location
22 Feb 2011 Opening address 6.30 – 7.00 pm X-Space
22 Feb 2011 SPOKE goes Virtual 7.00 – 8.30 pm X-Space
23 Feb 2011 SPOKE makes improetry! 4.30 – 6.00 pm X-Space
23 Feb 2011 SPOKE gives it up 6.00 – 7.00 pm X-Space
23 Feb 2011 SPOKE slams it 7.00 – 8.30 pm X-Space
24 Feb 2011 SPOKE springs eternal 4.00 – 6.00 pm Marquee
24 Feb 2011 SPOKE-N First 7.00 – 8.30 pm X-Space
24 Feb 2011 SPOKE-N First Loud-N-local 8.30 – 10.00 pm X-Space
25 Feb 2011 SPOKE breaks a leg 4.30 – 6.30 pm Marquee
25 Feb 2011 SPOKE puts out 6.00 – 7.00 pm X-Space
25 Feb 2011 Closing address 7.00 – 8.30 pm X-Space
VENUE: AC Arts Building, Light Square
DATES: FEBRUARY 22 to 25, 2011
SPOKE Virtual Sense host, internet legend*, writer, broadcaster and performer David Jobling, says, “Since the mid-1990’s writers have been debating the future of publishing, electronic books, blogs and the effects of new technology on the way we create and present our work. How do we make the internet work for us? Is it possible to use it as a tool? Who is doing what and is any of it working? SPOKE offers an opportunity to ask some questions, discuss the answers and get up to speed.”
“In the 1990’s I was writing material for a cable channel movie website (SBS Movie Channel) and started an email subscribers-list called Queerstage with support from queer.org at Sydney University. By the time I was studying at the NIDA Playwrights’ Studio (1999) I had been on-line for a few years and was well aware of the massive resource available on-line, but I was one of the few at the time. Now, a decade later many writers have taken up publishing their work on the net, blogging and using the net to earn some money,” says Jobling. “SPOKE Virtual Sense will be an opportunity to hear from some of these writers and to talk about it all.”
‘Queer City: Cyberactivism in Sydney’ 2001, Pluto Press
SPOKE-N First Loud-N-local event coordinator Liz Packer says, “This event should not be missed. Young, exciting, energetic aboriginal artists presenting their own extensions of hip hop and rap. Musical, insightful and in your face; they’ll capture your attention if not your heart for the duration.” The SPOKE-N First & SPOKE-N First Loud-N-local events both bring isolated artistes from all over South Australia, here for a rare gathering of indigenous writers to hold their own series of workshops and meetings concurrently with SPOKE as well as making presentations of their work in the SPOKE-N First & SPOKE-N First Loud-N-local sessions.
SPOKE Breaks a leg
“In Adelaide you rarely hear from people who write for the stage at ‘writer’s festivals or events’. Usually you hear from playwrights at theatre subscriber-only events or indirectly through a Director at a post-show matinee Q&A,” says writer Michelle Saint-Yves, “SPOKE pokes a big hole in that velvet veil and showcases those whose words are written to leap from the page to the stage!” Audiences are invited to hear from local playwrights Rosealba Clemente, Chris Tugwell and Edwin Kemp-Attrill.
SPOKE Puts out
In an age when most entertainment is delivered via pixels on a screen we present live words in 3D! Living drama using ancient people based technology. “Short plays and mini-performances will reveal whole lives in a minute and worlds in two. Live and in colour,” says documentary film-maker, tutor and writer Rob de Kok, “We may even resort to giving out 3D glasses to those who are accustomed to viewing entertainment in 2D,” he jokes.
Although Alex Broun’s juggernaut ‘Short and Sweet’ has made it as far afield as India, so far it hasn’t reached Adelaide, but the growing popularity of short plays has not gone unnoticed in the City of Churches, so the festival will be presenting renditions of short works when SPOKE puts out.
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As this is the first festival of its kind in Adelaide we hope you may wish to cover the event. All artists and practitioners involved will be available for interview and images will be available on request. Please contact David Jobling to arrange interviews or for any other information.