Emelia Haskey: Poetry workshops and performance at Adelaide City Library

Emelia Haskey at the 2020 SA Poetry Slam State Final

What keeps us together when we are so far apart? How do we stay connected with our bodies, with nature, with loved ones and the world when we are required to keep a distance? 

Join us at the City Library for a series of engaging workshops with Poet in Residence Emelia Haskey. Emelia will allow you to engage and discover the beauty of poetry by exploring ideas of togetherness and connection with a range of fun activities, thoughtful prompts and mindful discussions. These workshops are free and accessible for poetry-curious, budding poets and experienced poets alike. All are welcome to join and explore a shared loved of the spoken and written word.

Bookings required for workshops and the poetry slam. 

No bookings required to participate in the poetry project (22 May).

Click here and follow the links to book your sessions.

All sessions at:
City Library
Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall 
Adelaide SA 5000


Saturday 1 May, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Workshop: Not your Grandma’s Poetry
Join us at the City Library for the first in a series of workshops with Poet in Residence Emelia Haskey. Explore what it means to connect through poetry with a series of games and prompts designed to get you thinking and writing. All are welcome. 

Wednesday 5 May, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Workshop: Playing with Poetry
This week in our poetry workshop, you will examine literature and experiment with wordplay to create fun individual and group poetry.


Saturday 8 May, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Poetry Workshop: Bodies of Work
How has our relationship with our bodies changed since the pandemic? In this workshop, you will explore connections with your body – healthy, sick, vaccinated or otherwise – and how this has evolved.


Wednesday 12 May, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Workshop: Poetry in a Plague Year
In our final workshop at City Library, Poet in Residence Emelia Haskey will lead activities and discussions on personal experiences of the pandemic. You will then have the opportunity to present some slam poetry to the group in preparation for a slam poetry performance.


Saturday 22 May, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Poetry Project
Jump in and contribute to a collaborate poem with our Poet in Residence Emelia Haskey! No bookings required.


Friday 4 June, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Pandemic Poetry Slam
Join us at the City Library for this pandemic poetry slam, where budding poets will perform their poetry with Poet in Residence Emelia Haskey.

Contact Details – City Library
Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall 
Adelaide SA 5000
8203 7990
library@cityofadelaide.com.au

Spoken Word SA 2021 Poet in Residence Program at City Library – Round 2 Applications now open

A reminder that the Spoken Word SA Poet in Residence Program at the City Library Rundle Place is continuing in 2021. Whilst Emelia Haskey is our first 2021 resident poet there is still an opportunity to apply for the second residency in June/July.

The Poet in Residence will be given 16 hours over their allocated month to work from a studio space provided within the library, and will additionally create at least one opportunity to present or perform their work. Chosen participants will be paid for their involvement. All ideas and applications are welcome. Poetry might be written, spoken, and/or expressed in another form. To get your brains thinking: facilities in the library can include access to internet, access to media lab (thinking audio recording?), projectors (2 projectors in one space!), pin-up and whiteboard walls (for spontaneous scribblings, or something interactive perhaps?).

Applications for Round 2 2021 are open NOW. You can apply by one of the following options:

• Contacting Spoken Word SA for an application form by emailing saspokenword@gmail.com.
• Downloading guidelines and application forms here.
Completing the on-line application form below.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE at 5pm Sunday 9th May 2021.

Please make sure you read the guidelines and selection criteria before making your application.

Overview of the program

A 16 hour Residency will take place during April and again in June at the City Library, Rundle Place, Adelaide (Level 3, entry off Francis St). Before applying, we encourage you to explore the space and facilities and see what our other residents have done with the opportunity in the past.

Each chosen resident will receive:

  • 16 hours of studio space at the City Library over a period of six consecutive weeks (e.g. 4hrs per week for 4 consecutive weeks) during the library’s opening hours. Please ensure you are available for the full 16 hours. Note: The studio gives you a base but you are welcome to use the entire library in consultation with the Library Programs Staff.
  • Residency will be promoted through the City of Adelaide and Spoken Word SA networks.

Poet In Residence Guidelines

  • Present a public event in the library (e.g. performance, artist talk, workshop, exhibition,showcase).
  • Family friendly content (PG rated – suitable for public space).
  • Promotion of residency and any included event through the artist’s networks.
  • Work with City Library to establish a schedule of hours and mutual agreement around useof space. The Poet in Residence will need to agree to abide by all City Library guidelines and policies to be outlined in an MOU.
  • ABN required for payment. If you don’t have one, it’s quick and easy to obtain. More information available from Spoken Word SA.

Selection Criteria

  • Incorporating some aspect of spoken word (open to all forms and interpretations).
  • Engagement with the library community and patrons.
  • Use of library facilities (e.g. catalogue, media lab, library spaces, History Hub, engagementwith patrons etc).
  • Creation of new work. The library will require the production of new work to add to their digital collections. This could include writing, audio, video, photographs, etc.
  • You are free to define and redefine poetry and the way libraries are used.
  • An approach that requires new ways of thinking and engaging will be looked upon favourably.

The Spoken Word SA Poet in Residence Program is made possible through a partnership with the City of Adelaide and Adelaide Libraries. Spoken Word SA is responsible for administrating the program and can be contacted with any arising issues or questions. Please note that Spoken Word SA will process and recommend the applications but the City of Adelaide and Adelaide Libraries will make the final choice.

Emelia Haskey: 1st Adelaide City Libraries Poet in Residence for 2021.

Emelia Haskey at the 2020 SA Poetry Slam State Final

Spoken Word SA in partnership with Adelaide City Libraries are very pleased to announce our next Poet In Residence is Emelia Haskey who will be looking at the effects of COVID-19 on community and connection.

Emelia says, “As we slowly recover from the ravages of a global pandemic, it is important to acknowledge what keeps us connected when we are so far apart. I want to discover how we stay connected with our bodies, our loved ones, nature, and the world at large when we are required to stay distant. How does our relationship with our parents change when we can only visit them through the glass in a nursing home? When do we need to disconnect from the news or social media? Are we trying to keep moving or embracing time to rest? I will be creating a space to explore these issues and more through public workshops and a final presentation.”

Stay tined for dates and details of Emelia’s workshops and final presentation.

Applications are still open for the second residency. Click here for details.

Spoken Word SA 2021 Poet in Residence Program at City Library – Applications now open – Round 1 closes 17th February.

We’re pleased to announce the Spoken Word SA Poet in Residence Program at the City Library in Rundle Place, Adelaide, will continue in 2021. 

Our first month long residency will take place beginning late March/Early April followed by a second residency in June. The Poet in Residence will be given 16 hours over their allocated month to work from a studio space provided within the library, and will additionally create at least one opportunity to present or perform their work. Chosen participants will be paid for their involvement. 

All ideas and applications are welcome. Poetry might be written, spoken, and/or expressed in another form. To get your brains thinking: facilities in the library can include access to internet, access to media lab (thinking audio recording?), projectors (2 projectors in one space!), pin-up and whiteboard walls (for spontaneous scribblings, or something interactive perhaps?).

Applications are open NOW. You can apply by one of the following options:

• Contacting Spoken Word SA for an application form by emailing saspokenword@gmail.com.
• Downloading guidelines and application forms here.
• Completing the on-line application form below.

Round 1 Applications for the March /April Residency close on 5pm Wednesday 17th April.


Please make sure you read the guidelines and selection criteria before making your application.

Overview of the program

A 16 hour Residency will take place during April and again in June at the City Library, Rundle Place, Adelaide (Level 3, entry off Francis St). Before applying, we encourage you to explore the space and facilities and see what our other residents have done with the opportunity in the past.

Each chosen resident will receive:

  • 16 hours of studio space at the City Library over a period of six consecutive weeks (e.g. 4hrs a week for 4 consecutive weeks) during the library’s opening hours. Please ensure you are available for the full 16 hours. Note: The studio gives you a base but you are welcome to use the entire library in consultation with the Library Programs Staff.
  • Residency will be promoted through the City of Adelaide and Spoken Word SA networks.

Poet In Residence Guidelines

  • Present a public event in the library (e.g. performance, artist talk, workshop, exhibition,showcase).
  • Family friendly content (PG rated – suitable for public space).
  • Promotion of residency and any included event through the artist’s networks.
  • Work with City Library to establish a schedule of hours and mutual agreement around useof space. The Poet in Residence will need to agree to abide by all City Library guidelines and policies to be outlined in an MOU.
  • ABN required for payment. If you don’t have one, it’s quick and easy to obtain. More information available from Spoken Word SA.

Selection Criteria

  • Incorporating some aspect of spoken word (open to all forms and interpretations).
  • Engagement with the library community and patrons.
  • Use of library facilities (e.g. catalogue, media lab, library spaces, History Hub, engagementwith patrons etc).
  • Creation of new work. The library will require the production of new work to add to their digital collections. This could include writing, audio, video, photographs, etc.
  • You are free to define and redefine poetry and the way libraries are used.
  • An approach that requires new ways of thinking and engaging will be looked upon favourably.

The Spoken Word SA Poet in Residence Program is made possible through a partnership with the City of Adelaide and Adelaide Libraries. Spoken Word SA is responsible for administrating the program and can be contacted with any arising issues or questions. Please note that Spoken Word SA will process and recommend the applications but the City of Adelaide and Adelaide Libraries will make the final choice.

For the Love of Adelaide

Here it finally is, poetry people! After all the closures and restrictions you can now experience live ‘For the Love of Adelaide‘. This event is a culmination of all the hard yards put in by Adelaide City Libraries Poet in Residence Deb Stewart and those who attended and interacted at her workshops.

Friday 30th October
6:00 to 7:00pm.


Adelaide City Libraries

Level 3 Rundle Place, Adelaide.

Free entry.

Adelaide City Library Poet-in-Residence: Deb Stewart – coronavirus update…

Due to the coronavirus situation, the final event of this residency scheduled for 20th March has had to be cancelled.

In partnership with the Adelaide City Library, SWSA is pleased to announce that our first Poet-in-Residence for 2020 is Deb Stewart with her project Mapping the Human City.

Join Deb to explore your connections to the City of Adelaide through poetry.  Capture your memories and reflections, with an emphasis on human interaction with city buildings, spaces and landmarks. Together we will create collaborative and individual poems that map the ‘human city’ and discover what Adelaide means to us. 

Deb will be running three workshops in the Library followed by a performance of work developed during the project.

Adelaide City Library
Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall 
Adelaide SA 5000

Workshop 1 – For the Love of Adelaide 
Friday 14 February 5:30 pm

In this workshop you’ll engage in some writing exercises and reflections. Write a love letter to a city street, space or landmark and work on personification as you create and develop your poetry.

Workshop 2 – Collaboration and the Editing Process
Saturday 22 February 2:30 pm

In this workshop you’ll engage in writing exercises and collaboration. Write together with workshop attendees to develop a magical poetry piece, and work on editing your work.

Workshop 3 – Leap into Media and Music
Saturday 29 February 1:30 pm

In this workshop you’ll work from photos and news clippings as prompts for creative writing, and learn more about Creative Commons music resources to pair with your spoken word pieces.

CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS SITUATION
Performance – Poetry in the Library
Friday 20 March 6:30 pm 

Hear words and stories captured during recent poetry workshops ‘Adelaide – mapping the human city’ performed by Deb and the community. Come along and explore connections made with the buildings, spaces, and landmarks of the city of Adelaide.

Places are limited so books are required for all workshops. Reserve your place now.
library@cityofadelaide.com.au