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One of the past Regular Events held at the BMI

Do you have an idea for a regular event to be held in Ballarat’s independent cultural hub?  Get in touch.  We’d love to hear from you.


feast on ideas, poetry, prose, plays, conversations


Looking for a participatory experience with other lovers of the words and ideas that move, inspire, and change us?


Read and listen to poetry, prose, plays – a different form of words each month. There’ll be themes. Read work you love – yours or someone else’s. Or join moderated big conversations on a pre-posted topic.

IMPORTANT:  Want to read on a particular night?

On the EVENT PAGE for that date, look for the SIGN-UP POST and add your name in the comments underneath. If you forget, add your name to a list on the night, and read if there’s time. Count on up to five minutes, maybe more, depending upon how many of us are there—bring extra poems in reserve!

The Word Banquet events are administered from HERE….

NOTE:  We can continue with Tara and Stephen over the road at The Lost Ones Basement Bar if we just can’t stop!


A cultural event auspiced by BMI, hosted by Susie Surtees, and with Amy Tsilemanis.

Entry by gold coin donation to cover operational costs.

Coming Up


Word Banquet Fast Fiction: Foldover Stories

Wednesday, June 13 at 7.00pm

Hooper Room, BMI

Ready for creative fun around the Word Banquet* table? We’re writing foldover stories! Bring sheets of paper and a pen. We’ll start with the same great line (or few lines**—some fine examples below), and take the story in new directions. We’ll each finish writing the first paragraph. Then we’ll fold the paper, leaving the last line visible before handing it to the Word Banqueter beside us. Paragraph by paragraph we’ll finish the stories. Then it’s unfolding and reading time! There’re just a few guiding rules to keep stories coherent, but come and let your writing creativity rip! We’ll make as many stories as time allows. Feel free to bring along some great starting lines.
*BYO snacks and drinks if you’d like. And remember, we’ll continue over the road at The Lost Ones Basement Bar after 8.30-9.00 if we have more to say!

Entry by gold coin donation to cover operational costs.

**Some examples to get you thinking (and maybe practising!) …

SUSAN SONTAG: Irresolute, no, shivering, I’d crashed a party in the private dining room of a hotel.
ALBERT CAMUS: Mother died today. Or, maybe yesterday; I can’t be sure.
ROSE MACAULAY:”Take my camel, dear”, said my aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass.
FRANZ KAFKA: Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong, he was arrested one fine morning.
JANE AUSTEN: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
PAUL BEATTY: This may be hard to believe, coming from a black man, but I’ve never stolen anything.
ELENA FERRANTE: This morning Rino telephoned. I thought he wanted money again, and I was ready to say no. But that was not the reason for his phone call: his mother was gone.
KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD: For the heart, life is simple: it beats for as long as it can. Then it stops.
CAROLE SHIELDS:The real troubles in this world tend to settle on the misalignment between men and women—that’s my opinion, my humble opinion, as I have learned to say.
JOHN BANVILLE: They departed, the gods, on the day of the strange tide.
ALICE MUNRO: Mrs Gannett came into the kitchen walking delicately to a melody played in her head, flashing the polished cotton skirts of a flowered sundress.
DOUGLAS ADAMS: it can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression “as pretty as an airport”.