dont miss one of the leading NZ poetry voices from Wellington – Ali Jacs!
Music by fabulous Emily Rice + Local spoken word artists – TBA
KOHA entry, to book a dinner table call IronBar on 09 379 5933 …
any other info firstname.lastname@example.org
+ a poetry workshop with Ali 1pm at Ellen Melville Hall !
*** little more about Ali:
An engaging and topical performer from Wellington, Ali Jacs is the 2012 New Zealand National Poetry Slam Champion. After getting involved in the spoken word community in the Canadian prairies, Ali returned home to NZ in 2010 and has since played an integral role in building up Wellington’s performance poetry community. In early 2012 she started up the monthly Poetry in Motion evening.
After winning 2nd place in the 2011 NZ National Poetry Slam, she went on to win the 2012 title, has since featured as a guest at the Australian National Poetry Slam and competed in the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Minneapolis.
Ali has performed her poetry in schools, bars, museums, poetry slams and festivals in Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia. With a wry sense of humour, Ali uses slice-of-life storytelling, exploring themes of politics, sexuality, social and environmental justice; and examining the madness of these crazy times. Ali has published one chapbook Romantic Pragmatism and is currently working on a second.
“Ali uses her voice and her natural charisma to draw the listener toward her, rather than jumping out at them. It’s a style that very much suits and also provides an interesting tension with a lot of her content which is very passionate, sometimes political, and often very personal. Instead of declaiming and announcing on stage she speaks, one human to another. The poem always wins out in the end – just as it should be.” – Hinemoana Baker. Writer, Poet, Musician and Producer.
“Ali’s passion for life and language is undeniable. Her performances are delightfully surprising and refreshing in their journey to bring the audience closer to enlightenment” – Carrie Rudzinski. 2010 and 2011 Boston Cantab National Slam team; 7th in the Individual World Poetry Slam 2013.
*** a little more about Emily Rice
“She sings with such conviction displaying the voice of an experienced performer as she soars through beautiful phrases with hints of jazz scatting – perhaps her most noted trademark. With the use of exotic instruments and rhythms, she has begun experimenting with new flavours in her song writing which will move your feet and stir your soul. Emily likes nothing more than to collaborate with fellow musicians and entertain her audience with her exuberant personality, thoughtful lyrics and delicious sound.”