I competed in my first slam at the weekend and was impressed to finish third, behind Benjamin 'IQ' Sanders and Michael Reynolds, both worthy contestants. It was a lot of fun and of course, with the scoring popping up so quickly, a great opportunity to get instant feedback on some pieces. It would seem my spider poem is a definite hit and is sure to come out again.
Perhaps as soon as May 12th. Yep, that's right, I was invited to compete in the next heat, and I am sure there will be tough competition again. I am also sure it'll be fun again, and as that's my main priority, I felt I had to accept. It'll all be happening at ETs Hotel, 211 High St, Prahran, from 8pm on Tues May 12.
I was also invited to do another feature, but, as that isn't until later in the year, will hold off with the details for now.
Anyway, the weekend slam inspired me to conjure up some more performance pieces, so I have been working on a couple for the last two days. Not sure what this might mean for the novel, which is frustrating me a little at the moment (the novel, not what it means). Maybe with what's coming up, including being busy all through May, I might put the novel on hold until June and spend some time working on performance pieces.
Meanwhile, I am heading to the EWF program launch on Thursday (look out for the program online soon afterwards) and then to a poetry workshop with Kevin Brophy (run by the Melbourne Poets Union) on Friday. I feel so very busy, but in truth, getting to poetry/lit events is really my only kid-free time, so no wonder I'm trying to get out to more of them!