The Salt Room (November)

  • VENUE: Gorman Arts Centre : Gorman Main Hall
  • COST: $10/$5
  • BOOKINGS: Eventbrite or on the door
  • PRESENTER: BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! and Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres
  • WHEN: 6:30am to 9am
    19 November 2016
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“If I have to have a poem, then I prefer it to be multiple choice.” With BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres presents a showcase of the finest ACT, interstate and international writers and performers exploring the boundaries of the spoken and the written word. Featuring performances by One Thousand Promises, Nigel Featherstone, Bela Farkas and J C Inman.

One Thousand Promises
One Thousand Promises is a duo art project between Francesca Willow and Madison Mae Parker. Francesca, a choreographer and performer, uses Madison’s poetry as a starting point for making movement.The duo aims to create a full, experiential atmosphere for the audience, not allowing them to be passive observers, but active participants in the conversation unfolding before them. Their work touches on the darkness that lies within us all, particularly focusing on eating disorders and mental illness, and the strength to overcome through the power that exists within womanhood.

Nigel Featherstone
Nigel Featherstone is the author of three thematically linked but standalone novellas: (Blemish Books, 2014), which has been described ‘Elegant and original’ (Sydney Morning Herald), ‘Accomplished – an intense fiction range’ (Canberra Times), and ‘Utterly enthralling’ (Newtown Review of Books), and was recognised with a 2014 Canberra Critics Circle Award; I’m Ready Now (Blemish Books, 2012), which was short-listed for both the 2013 ACT Book of the Year; and Fall on Me (Blemish Books, 2011), which won the 2012 ACT Writing and Publishing Award for Fiction. Nigel’s novel Remnants (Pandanus Books, 2005) was published to acclaim, as was his story collection Joy (2000). He is also the author of 50 stories published in Australian literary journals including the Review of Australian Fiction, Meanjin, Island, and Overland. Between 2007 and 2015 he was a frequent freelance writer for Fairfax Media. Nigel has been awarded residencies at Varuna and Bundanon and in 2013 he was a Creative Fellow at UNSW Canberra/Australian Defence Force Academy. In 2015 Nigel was commissioned by the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium to write the libretti for an original 12-song cycle, which is being composed by James Humberstone from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Bela Farkas
Serial celebrity name dropper Bela Farkas is a Canberra-based poet. A lot of his work has been heavily influenced by popular culture and current events. He has featured at Canberra’s BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, Traverse Poetry Slam, West Word Poetry and as part of the ACT Australian Poetry Slam. He has been interviewed and performed poetry as part of the documentary series Behind the Words and on 2xx radio. He has also performed at the Corinbank, Canberra Fringe, National Folk and You Are Here festivals as part of the Tragic Troubadours. He has been published in the Delinquent and has given speeches on poetry and performance at schools.

J C Inman
J C Inman is a contemporary Australian poet. His poetry blends humour and horror. Follow him on Twitter @JC_Who_Art.