Expecting and organizing for some dozens of our mob, last night's Bello Bards poetry around the bardfire was, sadly, attended by very few (apologies were sent by Marti Guy and Steve Grey due to ill health), but we did pass some resolutions and also read some poetry in convivial circumstances. As the Winter Solstice is upon us soon -- "When the days lengthen, the cold strengthens" -- until the weather is warmer, 'The Ponderosa', Wilson's home at 23 Dowle St will hold Bello Bards meetings indoors around the slow combustion stove. As always, please BYO grog and tucker. Friday night Bello Bards gatherings, every second Friday night at 6:30 pm at 'The Ponderosa', are unrestricted in terms of food and beverage.
It was decided by our small crew to have weekly meetings every 3pm on Saturdays, at 'The Pondereosa', for practising and perfecting our poems for the Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup. We can help each other improve our poems and their presentation, so Bello Bards will be a force with which to be reckoned in Nimbin, July 31 - August 1, 2010. It was decided by acclamation that no alcohol be consumed at these Saturday afternoon Bello Bards sessions. We might drink afterwards; perhaps even adjourn to the Federal Hotel at about 5pm after we work on our poems and their presentation. At the meeting, we all hoped that future meetings will be well attended both for the pleasure of poetry, and for preparation to win the Nimbin Cup.
As yet undecided: transport and accommodation for the Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup.
Below are the minutes of the June 11 meeting, kindly recorded by Liz Routledge.
Abundance and gratitude,
Local scribbler and, with Liz Routledge, co-administrator of http://bellobards.blogspot.com/
PS Our troupe has many hundreds of poems not yet submitted. Please send your poems, old or new, to wilsonsalmanac [AT] gmail.com with the words BELLO BARDS in the subject header. Yours truly will post those poems by people whose surnames begin A-L. Liz Routledge will post those from poets whose surnames begin with the letters M-Z. The "How To" is clearly posted at http://bellobards.blogspot.com/
Bello Bards minutes
As recorded by Elizabeth Routledge, June 11, 2010:
Present: Misty Hanley, Iain MacDonald, Elizabeth Routledge, Pip Wilson, Brian Carter, Nick and Belle, Stu and Emily and Lyn Thiry.
N.B. ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN WORKING ON NIMBIN POEMS YOU CAN COME EVERY SATURDAY ARVO AT 3PM TO PIPS PLACE!!!
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NIMBIN WORLD POETRY CUP (and were too lazy to find out for yourself):-
The NPPWC is an annual performance poetry competition held in Nimbin NSW Australia.
The terms and conditions of performance are:
Poets have 8 minutes to perform 1 or more poems.
The competition is run over a weekend with heats and semi-finals held in Nimbin Cafes and the grand-final held on the Sunday evening in the Nimbin Town Hall.
Poems must be the performers' OWN work and must not have been previously performed at the NPPWC.
Performer Poets will be marked on a number of 'attributes' including content, diction, presentation and timing.
Good use of time will be marked by the judges and poets may be penalised for being over time, or running too short.
There is a people's choice award as well as the judges' decision; winners, runners up and encouragement awards.
It is the responsibility of each performer to arrive at their venues on time.
Poets may use an instrument for accompaniment (not a band).
Poets may use props where appropriate.
All performers will be notified of their venue and heat time by Thursday 29th July 2010.
HEATS: Saturday July 31st
Heats to be held in Cafe's within the Nimbin village.
SEMI FINALS: Sunday August 1st
Semi-finals to be held in Nimbin Cafes from 11am
GRAND FINAL: Sunday August 1st
~ from 7:30pm at the Nimbin Town Hall ~
Verandah Cafe open 6:00pm + After Party.
Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup 2010
* Entries Close Monday 26th July 2010
* Competition is held on the 31st July and 1st of August in Nimbin NSW Australia.
* Poets have 8 minutes to perform 1 or more original poems.
* Poems must be the performers' OWN work and must not have been previously performed at the NPPWC.
* Good use of time will be marked by the judges and poets may be penalised for being over time, or running too short.
* It is the responsibility of each performer to arrive at their venues on time.
* Poets may use an instrument for accompaniment (not a band).
* Poets may use props where appropriate
Please see http://www.nimbinpoetry.com/entry_form.html