Words Out Loud returns to Babushka lounge in Ballarat on Thursday, May 18, 7-9pm, for its next session of spoken word.

Writers, readers, poets – all word lovin’ folks with a hankering to share the love are invited along, with five-minute open mic spots on offer. Babushka has excellent sound and backing tracks can be accommodated. You won’t find a friendlier venue.

The event has a nominal theme of “the darling buds”, but as always, performers are encouraged to take the theme and run with it for their 5-minute slots – or ignore it altogether!

Entry is free, though a gold coin donation would be appreciated for this non-profit, community event.

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