Soapbox Skills

by Martin Voyage Veres


As part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival’s Live and Local event at Wollongong Town Hall, the SCWC’s own Gabe Journey Jones will be holding a workshop on performance poetry skills.

Let Gabe take you on a journey where you will learn the finer skills required for performing spoken word poetry, and develop the confidence to actually get up and speak your piece. The workshop will focus on improving your stage presence, mic techniques, connecting with the audience, articulation, and confidence building.

The class will teach you to draw from ideas and topics you are knowledgeable and passionate about, and to use those ideas to construct a meaningful, engaging, and powerful piece of poetry that will go unheard – nevermore!

So come along if you’ve got something to share, and learn to turn your passion into poetry.


Now, if you’re not familiar with Gabe, perhaps a bit of an introduction would be in order.

Gabrielle is a co-founder of Creative Womyn Down Under, an organisation that helps to connect women with creativity. She has been using her spoken word and drumming performances to raise awareness of social issues for over 20 years (since the Howard years - seems appropriate). She has also been engaged with various not-for-profit community organisations across the country in her role as a Social Worker, and incorporates creativity into her professional projects.

She plays the djembe and other percussion instruments with her group, Tranceportation, and you can usually see her at Sydney Spiritfest, or as a guest performer for a wide variety of music groups. Something tells me that, despite being a maestro with words, 'stage fright' isn't one she's familiar with.

She is a born performer, and channels her experiences and thoughts into provocative words that challenge the many levels of oppression facing women due to gender, race, ethnicity, class, ability and sexual identity inequality. She also writes! Her first published collection of poetry, Spoken Medicine, will be published this year by Ginninderra Press.


The workshop will run from 1.30pm – 3.00pm and entry will be $15.

We hope to see you there!

Written by SCWC

Posted on May 17, 2017