COMMON PEOPLE #28

lorin reid

thirroul nsw

A Thirroul local, Lorin Reid HAS A PASSION FOR POETRY, CREATIVE WRITING AND COMMUNITY. LORIN co-FOUNDED ENOUGH SAID POETRY SLAM SEVEN YEARS AGO HERE ON THE SOUTH COAST AND HASN'T LOOKED BACK. POETRY FOR LORIN IS AN EXPRESSION OF VULNERABILITY, PUSHING HER OWN BOUNDARIES AND CHALLENGING THOUGHTS OF THE STATUS-QUO.

 

INTERVIEW BY rachel abbott IMAGES BY anna heyligers

COMMON PEOPLE #28

lorin reid

thirroul nsw

A Thirroul local, Lorin Reid HAS A PASSION FOR POETRY, CREATIVE WRITING AND COMMUNITY. LORIN co-FOUNDED ENOUGH SAID POETRY SLAM SEVEN YEARS AGO HERE ON THE SOUTH COAST AND HASN'T LOOKED BACK. POETRY FOR LORIN IS AN EXPRESSION OF VULNERABILITY, PUSHING HER OWN BOUNDARIES AND CHALLENGING THOUGHTS OF THE STATUS-QUO.

INTERVIEW BY rachel abbott IMAGES BY anna heyligers

 

 

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

Hiya! I write, perform and teach spoken word poetry and am the co-founder of Enough Said Poetry Slam, Wollongong’s monthly poetry reading. I work at The Best Little Bookshop in Town as a bookseller and at Red Room Poetry as the office manager. I recently moved back to my hometown, Thirroul after a stint in Sydney and am in love with the ocean, reading, breakfast food and my flower garden.

 

HAS WRITING ALWAYS BEEN IN YOUR BLOOD?
 

I have always loved to read (shout out to my parents for taking me to the library) and I think my love of writing totally stems from there. I definitely enjoyed writing stories as a kid and my Pop used to make me memorise and recite Banjo Patterson poems, so that’s probably my love for spoken word sorted.

I landed on poetry after starting the Creative Writing undergrad degree at the University of Wollongong and discovering hiphop music and spoken word on exchange in the USA.

 

YOU POPPED UP AT OUR MOTHERS DAY MARKET LAST YEAR WITH YOUR TYPEWRITER, WE LOVED IT. WHERE DID THE INSPIRATION COME FROM TO GO MOBILE?

Typewriter poetry is kind of a thing! I first bought a typewriter poem from the Subway Poet, Lynn Gentry in NYC. You choose a topic and a price and the poet writes the custom poem on the spot on an old-school typewriter for you to take home. A beautiful friend lent me her typewriter for the Yours & Owls music festival a couple of years ago and I’ve been testing out the concept in different spots ever since. I love all the mothers in my life so much, so it was a joy to work with you guys on the market!

 

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

Hiya! I write, perform and teach spoken word poetry and am the co-founder of Enough Said Poetry Slam, Wollongong’s monthly poetry reading. I work at The Best Little Bookshop in Town as a bookseller and at Red Room Poetry as the office manager. I recently moved back to my hometown, Thirroul after a stint in Sydney and am in love with the ocean, reading, breakfast food and my flower garden.

 

HAS WRITING ALWAYS BEEN IN YOUR BLOOD?
 

I have always loved to read (shout out to my parents for taking me to the library) and I think my love of writing totally stems from there. I definitely enjoyed writing stories as a kid and my Pop used to make me memorise and recite Banjo Patterson poems, so that’s probably my love for spoken word sorted.

I landed on poetry after starting the Creative Writing undergrad degree at the University of Wollongong and discovering hiphop music and spoken word on exchange in the USA.

 

YOU POPPED UP AT OUR MOTHERS DAY MARKET LAST YEAR WITH YOUR TYPEWRITER, WE LOVED IT. WHERE DID THE INSPIRATION COME FROM TO GO MOBILE?

Typewriter poetry is kind of a thing! I first bought a typewriter poem from the Subway Poet, Lynn Gentry in NYC. You choose a topic and a price and the poet writes the custom poem on the spot on an old-school typewriter for you to take home. A beautiful friend lent me her typewriter for the Yours & Owls music festival a couple of years ago and I’ve been testing out the concept in different spots ever since. I love all the mothers in my life so much, so it was a joy to work with you guys on the market!

"I definitely enjoyed writing stories as a kid and my Pop used to make me memorise and recite Banjo Patterson poems, so that’s probably my love for A spoken word sorted."

"I definitely enjoyed writing stories as a kid and my Pop used to make me memorise and recite Banjo Patterson poems, so that’s probably my love for A spoken word sorted."

 

ENOUGH SAID POETRY SLAM HAS THAT COMMUNITY FEEL WE STRIVE FOR, CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THE SLAMS AND YOUR INVOLVEMENT?
 

Ahh, community is the most important thing at Enough Said! I co-founded the slam in 2012 and have been helping to run it ever since. We started at Yours AND Owls bar (most recently Rad bar) and now call Society City home. We run our cosy reading on the last Thursday of every month and it’s made up of an open mic slam where anyone can share their poem on stage, a local support feature AND a headlining feature poet who closes out the night (Google Desireé Dallagiacomo, Luka Lesson AND Sierra DeMulder for a start.) It’s been so exciting to see regular poets return month after month and become slamily (slam family).

 

HAVE YOU SEEN THE LANDSCAPE OF WRITING CHANGE OVER THE YEARS?
 

The writing scene is amazing here! Wollongong Writers Festival started up the same year as Enough Said and we’ve grown up together supported by the South Coast Writers Centre and UOW’s Creative Writing program. We’ve cross-pollinated a bunch with the music scene and the LGBTQIA+ scene and with the recent birth of Baby Teeth Journal, I think we’re definitely at a creative industry peak and there’s way more opportunity for emerging writers to be heard.

I would like to think that Enough Said Poetry Slam has helped the local scene to become more visible and interactive. The fact that we’re on every month is something that community can rely on for their writing fix and the fact that we’re primarily an open mic means that no-one is excluded from the fam.

 

ENOUGH SAID POETRY SLAM HAS THAT COMMUNITY FEEL WE STRIVE FOR, CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE SLAMS AND YOUR INVOLVEMENT?
 

Ahh, community is the most important thing at Enough Said! I co-founded the slam in 2012 and have been helping to run it ever since. We started at Yours & Owls bar (most recently Rad bar) and now call Society City home. We run our cosy reading on the last Thursday of every month and it’s made up of an open mic slam where anyone can share their poem on stage, a local support feature AND a headlining feature poet who closes out the night (Google Desireé Dallagiacomo, Luka Lesson AND Sierra DeMulder for a start.) It’s been so exciting to see regular poets return month after month and become slamily (slam family).

 

HAVE YOU SEEN THE LANDSCAPE OF WRITING CHANGE OVER THE YEARS?
 

The writing scene is amazing here! Wollongong Writers Festival started up the same year as Enough Said and we’ve grown up together supported by the South Coast Writers Centre and UOW’s Creative Writing program. We’ve cross-pollinated a bunch with the music scene and the LGBTQIA+ scene and with the recent birth of Baby Teeth Journal, I think we’re definitely at a creative industry peak and there’s way more opportunity for emerging writers to be heard.

I would like to think that Enough Said Poetry Slam has helped the local scene to become more visible and interactive. The fact that we’re on every month is something that community can rely on for their writing fix and the fact that we’re primarily an open mic means that no-one is excluded from the fam.

"I love vulnerability and I’m really interested in pushing my own boundaries and challenging myself to talk about uncomfortable things in my work, especially if I think the discomfort has been taught to me. For example, I have a poem about my period that feels uncomfortable to read in front of a group of strangers but I’m almost certain that society (patriarchy) has taught me to feel that discomfort and that I need to unteach myself. I think that almost everything is better when we talk about it out loud."

"I love vulnerability and I’m really interested in pushing my own boundaries and challenging myself to talk about uncomfortable things in my work, especially if I think the discomfort has been taught to me. For example, I have a poem about my period that feels uncomfortable to read in front of a group of strangers but I’m almost certain that society (patriarchy) has taught me to feel that discomfort and that I need to unteach myself. I think that almost everything is better when we talk about it out loud."

 
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT POETRY?
 

I love vulnerability and I’m really interested in pushing my own boundaries and challenging myself to talk about uncomfortable things in my work, especially if I think the discomfort has been taught to me. For example, I have a poem about my period that feels uncomfortable to read in front of a group of strangers but I’m almost certain that society (patriarchy) has taught me to feel that discomfort and that I need to unteach myself. I think that almost everything is better when we talk about it out loud.

I also love unexpected concrete imagery and metaphor and I love the break in between poems or an intermission during a reading, where you have the chance to meet the poets you love and to tell them how great they were.

 

FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T EXPERIENCED A SLAM, CAN YOU TELL US WHAT IT'S LIKE?
 

They’re like a lounge room sleepover with fifty of your besties but instead of horror films, you’re watching your friends say the things they always wanted to say to you but couldn’t. You’re watching them feel the rush of adrenaline at being seen and heard, you’re watching them feel relieved and supported and loved and inspired. The audience at a slam gets super involved by clicking for their favourite poems and also judging the poems on a scale from 1-10 (to one decimal place) and the highest scoring poet wins a silly prize. Our host Bella Luna loves Brooklyn Nine-Nine, so if any of the judges score a 9.9, the whole audience screams “Nine-Nine!” There’s a bunch of cute traditions like that.

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANY ASPIRING POETS AND WRITERS OUT THERE?

Your writing doesn’t have to be a solo act. Come and test it out on us, we welcome all first drafts. Before I wrote poetry, I didn’t know that a writing community could exist. Now, writing community is almost more important to me than writing. We run a free workshop each month as well as a bunch of partnership events outside of the slam. The best way to improve your writing is for other people to read or hear it and the best way to improve yourself is to have loving and supportive writer friends.

Learn more about lorin here

 
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT POETRY?
 

I love vulnerability and I’m really interested in pushing my own boundaries and challenging myself to talk about uncomfortable things in my work, especially if I think the discomfort has been taught to me. For example, I have a poem about my period that feels uncomfortable to read in front of a group of strangers but I’m almost certain that society (patriarchy) has taught me to feel that discomfort and that I need to unteach myself. I think that almost everything is better when we talk about it out loud.

I also love unexpected concrete imagery and metaphor and I love the break in between poems or an intermission during a reading, where you have the chance to meet the poets you love and to tell them how great they were.

 

FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T EXPERIENCED A SLAM, CAN YOU TELL US WHAT IT'S LIKE?
 

They’re like a lounge room sleepover with fifty of your besties but instead of horror films, you’re watching your friends say the things they always wanted to say to you but couldn’t. You’re watching them feel the rush of adrenaline at being seen and heard, you’re watching them feel relieved and supported and loved and inspired. The audience at a slam gets super involved by clicking for their favourite poems and also judging the poems on a scale from 1-10 (to one decimal place) and the highest scoring poet wins a silly prize. Our host Bella Luna loves Brooklyn Nine-Nine, so if any of the judges score a 9.9, the whole audience screams “Nine-Nine!” There’s a bunch of cute traditions like that.

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANY ASPIRING POETS AND WRITERS OUT THERE?

Your writing doesn’t have to be a solo act. Come and test it out on us, we welcome all first drafts. Before I wrote poetry, I didn’t know that a writing community could exist. Now, writing community is almost more important to me than writing. We run a free workshop each month as well as a bunch of partnership events outside of the slam. The best way to improve your writing is for other people to read or hear it and the best way to improve yourself is to have loving and supportive writer friends.

Learn more about lorin here


 

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