07 August 2007


The Antipoet hits Melbourne this Sunday 12th August

West Australian poet, Allan Boyd (aka the Antipoet) arrives in Melbourne this week as part of the 2007 Overload Poetry Festival. And he's ready to play!

On Sunday 12th August - at the Glitch Bar and Cinema, North Fitzroy - Boyd will be joined by Melbourne performance poets, Ashley J Higgs and Jezza PA Speelman in a one-off experiment of sound, visuals and vocal collaborations.

A collaborative blend of performed poetry, vocal effects-processing, live laptop sonic-manipulation, rock-drumming and random visuals, Boyd will perform a brand-new batch of works for Melbourne audiences.

Since 1996, Allan Boyd's unique performance style has earned him a cult-reputation across the country. Borrowing from sound-poetry, the last-poets, hip-hop culture and informed by Australian politics, his acerbic words both entertain and engage.

His 2004 "Antipoet Manifesto", written as Emerging Writer in Residence at Fellowship of Australian Writers WA, has been republished in various countries including the US, the UK, Bangladesh and Oman.

A seasoned performance poet, musician, sonic collaborator, the Perth-based 40-year-old artist, labourer and web-designer, fronts two original independent bands in Perth and presents the weekly political-activist program "Perth Indymedia" on community radio station RTRFM.

Boyd says he is ecstatic to visit Melbourne again. "I'm ready to spit some hot sonic actions into the Melbourne winter. This will be my third trip to Melbourne for the Overload Festival," says Boyd. "I love it. Melbourne culture is inspiring. I'm looking forward to working with some old and new friends and collaborate whole new poetic experiences. Let's invent some paradigms..."

Allan Boyd's long-time friend, WA cellist and poet Kevin Gillam - together they form Perth indie-band "MiteyKo" - will also be in town to play a set at Federation Square on Friday 17th August and read poetry. The pair will also perform at Dante's, Fitzroy on Wednesday 15th August.

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