Words Aloud presents the best in spoken word from across Canada and beyond. With nine main stage performances, it’s a magical alchemy of spoken word’s full range.

Words Aloud 11 November 7-9 2014

Words Aloud 2014 

Save the Dates:  November 6-7-8-9 and 16

 

Main stage performers for this year's festival will include: Giles Benaway, Karen Connolly, Mary Dalton, Tanya Evanson, Charles Hamilton, Sheniz Janmohamed, Shane Rhodes, and Katherena Vermette.  This year's main stage events also includes the dance performance of "For Body and Light" -  giving full meaning to the term "poetry in motion".

 

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and at select locations in the community soon

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Festival Pass EARLY BIRD SPECIAL until October 16th.

 

Satellite Events

 

Giles Benaway with selected youth performers at the M'wikwedong Native Cultural and Resource Centre in Owen Sound on Thursday November 6th at 7:30 p.m.  This is a 'pay-what-you-can' event.  ALL WELCOME!

  

SLAM at The Great Books & Cafe in Williamsford on Saturday November 8th at 1:00 p.m. featuring the BURLINGTON SLAM PROJECT with Charles Hamilton.   Tickets $5 at the door.

 

Family Performance:  Join us on Sunday November 16th at 2 p.m. for a swashbuckling production of The Three Musketeers by DuffleBag Theatre, a truly unique interactive theatrical experience for all ages. With a brilliantly constructed plot, this classic story by Alexandre Dumas is a rip-roaring adventure for all ages. DuffleBag’s unpredictable and refreshing adaptations feature audience participation like you've never seen.

Tickets: $12.00 for adults; $6.00 for youth (12 years or younger).    Available at Holst Office Supplies in Hanover or Walkerton after October 15th, or at the door.  

The Words Aloud Family Program is a collaboration with the South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council.  Dufflebag Theater is represented by Prologue to the Performing Arts, a charitable organization dedicated to bring the performing arts to young people.

 

WORK SHOPS

 

with Katherena Vermette - Saturday November 8th  9:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Durham Town Hall 

A Short Journey Through Short Form  ...

Made famous with such forms as Haiku and Tanka, pondered with such finds as Sappho's fragments, short forms of poetry have always been alive and well. Pulsing with life in the 20th century Imagists and played with in contemporary Indigenous works, short poems prove poets can pack a punch in just a few lines. Then again, we can't forget the infamous 140 characters, or can we? In this poetry workshop, participants will explore and practice various forms, debate what is and isn't poetry, and learn just how mighty the short verse can be.

 

with Karen Connolly - Saturday November 8th  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Durham Town Hall

Writing through the World Workshop  ...

A seminar for travel writers in any genre - fiction, poetry, or non-fiction. It’s a look at how to effectively use sensory detail, suspense, and the unexpected when writing about new lands/landscapes.

 

with Tanya Evanson - Sunday November 9th   9:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Durham Town Hall

Turning Point Performance ...

This workshop marries the written word with oral tradition. Exploration of a personal transition point begins with meditation and the page. It is then transformed into the score for a performance of poetry, storytelling, hip hop and song. We peak by unleashing it all in a spoken word cabaret. Requirements: Passion, Patience, Paper, Pen, Mind, Matter and Mouth.

 

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Volunteers Needed!

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At first glance, there was little in my background to account for the descent of the large thumb of poetry onto the top of my head.

— Margaret Atwood

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