Furious Penguins is a loosely-organised Hobart (Australia) collective focussed on spoken word performance. We are dedicated to exploring the artistic possibilities of poetry, speech and storytelling in live performance (and recordings of same).
What we do, or might do:
- perform and present poetry as individuals and as a collective;
- run gigs and events that include a significant spoken word component;
- workshop each other’s poetry and stories to find interesting and effective ways of presentation;
- have meetings where we sit around in grungy spaces feeling very arty;
- develop collective poems or word projects;
- record and document our astounding work;
- publish our own zine, recordings, blog, etc.;
- conduct poetic interventions in the life of the wider community;
- bring in special guests who can help us learn how to be better performers;
- act like furious penguins. Somebody might as well.
What we don’t do, and probably won’t do:
- have a formal membership with dreary meetings, constitutions, minutes and motions, treasurer’s reports, AGMs and associated mundanery;
- aspire to publish obscure books of litwank propped up by arts grants and circulated only among mutual admiration societies of incoherent bilgehacks;
- the dishes. Let’s be very clear about this: Judith Steele wrote that ‘Poetry doesn’t do the dishes.’ Nope.
Furious Penguins is supported, or at least tolerated, by the Moonah Arts Centre.