The Spoken Word Exchange – a grassroots, creative writing initiative, providing groups of artists and spectators from around the world the opportunity to experience and learn about each other’s culture through poetry – comes to Bangkok on from October 14 to 18.
Organised by Bangkok Lyrical Lunacy, the Exchange features Miami poets Arsimmer and Calvin “MadeSon”, who travel around the world developing a global network of poets.
The Spoken Word Exchange will be a week’s worth of events including three workshops where poets and writers of any experience level can gather to sharpen their skills and self-awareness.
On October 14, explore Bang Krachao and its unique districts and cycle through Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Botanical Gardens between workshops to experience what Bangkok was like before the urban sprawl. Bang Krachao is an area required to remain commercially undeveloped so as to maintain the nature and culture of this unique district devoid of high-rise buildings and commercial factories.
Participants will have free time to enjoy the clean air, ride around Bang Krachao, visit the local Bang Nam Phueng Market, and do some writing when inspiration hits. Bike rentals will be included.
An intercultural dialogue will be held on October 16 led by Arsimmer and Early as a way to build bridges between the different worlds represented, while on October 18 at Live Lounge, open mic shows and poetry showcases will feature the talents of the masterminds behind the SpokenWord Exchange.
Registration cost, including 3 workshops, poetry show, bike rental and boat ride to Bang Krachao from Khlong Toei Pier, is Bt2,000 or Bt1,700 for bookings made before September 16.
For more details, email Bangkoklylu@gmail.com or visit www.TheSpokenWordExchange.com.