7 April 2009 Main Posts stimulating wordplay Maxine Beneba Clarke Thursday night’s swinging round and it’s that time of the month again for Wordplay’s so-hip-it-hurts spoken word line-up at the new Dan O’Connell venue in Carlton. This week, organiser Geoff Lemon tells it: Nikki Patin Coming all the way from Chicago, Nikki Patin has the whole bag of tricks. Having won slam upon slam, and featured in HBO’s Def Poetry Jam TV series, hers is spoken word with hip-hop flow and the smoothest soul-singing interludes. She has power and style and grace in equal measures. At Babble yesterday she blew the crowd away. Come and see her repeat the dose. Alex Scott A relative newcomer, Alex was a huge hit when he featured last year. We exist only to give the crowd what they demand. Alex’s incredible moustache is still in place, and he and I may even be dusting off our duet piece for your edification. Meg Dunn There’s nothing this woman can’t do. The daughter of a mermaid and a lighthouse keeper, she’s constantly torn between sea and shore. But on occasions when she comes onto land, we sometimes catch her for a few quick minutes. Award-winning, soul-stirring, beautiful. Crazy Elf The tiny muscle-bound gentlemen we all know and love, the only Wordplay feature to have literally made someone laugh until they threw up, and the man who single-handedly destroyed political correctness. Bring a Samurai. That’s Wordplay at the Dan O’Connell, back bar. Thursday April 9th, 8:00 pm for an 8:30 start. Corner of Canning and Princes Streets, Carlton (between Lygon and Nicholson). Entry by donation www.wordplay.org.au Maxine Beneba Clarke Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian author and slam poet of Afro- Caribbean descent. Her short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the 2015 ABIA Award for Best Literary Fiction and the 2015 Indie Award for Best Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Her memoir, The Hate Race, her poetry collection Carrying the World, and her first children’s book, The Patchwork Bike, will be published by Hachette in late 2016. More by Maxine Beneba Clarke Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 24 February 202317 March 2023 Main Posts Final Results of the 2022 Judith Wright Poetry Prize Editorial Team Overland, the judges and the Malcolm Robertson Foundation are thrilled to announce the final results of the 2022 Judith Wright Poetry Prize. First published in Overland Issue 228 24 February 202317 March 2023 Main Posts Final Results of the 2022 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize Editorial Team Overland, the judges and the Malcolm Robertson Foundation are thrilled to announce the final results of the 2022 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize.