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Try To Avoid Standing In The Light Of The Fridge by Mia Gypsy

 Belly, Belly by Alice Griffiths (Winner!)

Blue Hats by Roderick Lenz

Western society has a manic obsession with food – preparing it, presenting it, photographing it, showing off your foodie skills, growing your own, buying local – with an ever-growing number of competitive food-based as well as instructive cooking shows, blogs, and the proliferation of food related social media.

Preparing and eating a meal is an integral part of celebration and tradition. Yet in many parts of the world, people struggle to scrape together just enough food to get by. Has food and food rivalry become a struggle for status? What does this tell us about social divides?

Write a perform piece that deals with this cultural phenomena. Include mention of your favourite meal. Here’s some food for thought:

“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.”
– Orson Welles

“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”
– Christopher Hitchens

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”
– Oscar Wilde

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta”
– Federico Fellini

“We all eat and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly”
– Anna Thomas

“I am not a glutton – I am an explorer of food”

– Erma Bombeck




Announced: 3 March 2014

Deadline: 5 April 2014

Shortlist: 7 -18 April 2014

Winner Announced: 19 April 2014

Length of Poem: 5 minute maximum on performance time. (Can be a minute or less if you like. No minimum requirement).

Prize:   $150 First prize, $50 People’s Choice, all short list eligible for July Invitational

Eligibility: Everyone