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Cottonmouth XXVI, Thursday 5 May

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I can feel May coming in the air tonight, oh Lawd
And I've been waiting for this May all my life, oh Lawd
Can you feel May coming in the air tonight? oh Lawd, oh Lawd

Cottonmouth XXVI is coming to all the sweethearts of Perth on Thursday 5 May - it might even be sweded!

Our indomitable Tomas Ford has got a line-up in store for you that'll give ya goosebumps. More info to come.

The Chancellor of Open Mic Byron Bard presents his new open stage with open arms and an open scowl. Trust us, this new incarnation the Bard has cooked up is a spectacle! Sign up before 10pm peeps.

In the meantime, submit to the zine yo!

When: 7:30pm Thursday 5 May 2011
Where: 459 Bar Rosemount Hotel 459 Fitzgerald St North Perth
How much: $5 entry; $20 entry + Cottonmouth anthology
'Zine: by donation

Cottonmouth XXIV: Kucka

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Cottonmouth XXIV: Cameron Avery

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Cottonmouth XXIV: Scott-Patrick Mitchell

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Cottonmouth XXIV: Emlyn Johnson

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Cottonmouth XXIV: Jake Dennis

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Cottonmouth XXIV: Gabby Everall

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Cottonmouth XXIV: Amber Fresh

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Cottonmouth XXIV: Elizabeth Tan

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Cottonmouth XXIV: S.J. Finch

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Cottonmouth XXII: Luxury Cat

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Cottonmouth XXII: David Egan

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Cottonmouth XXII: Matt Giles

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Cottonmouth XXII: Kaitlyn Plyley

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Cottonmouth XXII: Geoffrey Power-King

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The new rules

  1.  The correct form of address when speaking to the Chancellor is "Your Eloquence".
  2. Open mic sign up concludes when the Chancellor takes exclusive possession of the sign up board (at around 10:00pm, most likely).
  3. The sign up board comprises separate sign up sheets in different spoken word categories, each containing six spots.
  4. Performers signed up in the first spot (marked "1") in each category will be called first. Subsequent performers will be called at random from the various categories until the open mic ends.
  5. Performers may sign up in the first spot in only one category each. They may sign up elsewhere in one other category, but preference will be given to performers who have not yet been heard from.
  6.  Brevity is the essence, the core, the very soul of wit. Time is limited, so performers are asked to present only one short piece. One or two minutes is excellent, three quite acceptable, four or five pushing it a bit, six or seven almost unbearable, and eight or more unspeakably naughty.
  7.  Performers are asked to keep their pieces within the reasonable bounds of their category. For example, claiming that a poem about a cat counts as a lecture is a little suspect.
  8. When it is time for the open mic to end, the Chancellor will personally select the final performer for the night from the names remaining.

Cottonmouth XXII: Eva Bujalka

Cottonmouth XXII: Byron Bard

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Cottonmouth XXII: Chris Arnold

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Cottonmouth XXII: Renata Sain

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Cottonmouth XXII: Claire Potter

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Cottonmouth XXV: photos by Anon

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Hurray! Danielle Marsland from SixThousand sent us this:

Congratulations! Your project Cottonmouth has been chosen as the READ nominee for Perth in the The Thousands Awards!

The Thousands Awards is an online program that acknowledges talented local people, places and groups we believe are doing great things in each Australian city. Selecting these nominees has been a dental-grade headache. We come into contact with some scary talent each week - and whittling that down to one nominee per city is basically DIY molar extraction. But we did it  - and you're it.

If you get the most votes overall, you get $1000 towards your company (plus a really neat trophy and endless media acclaim!) Voters can win the same amount just by voting, too - so make sure you get all your friends involved and post the link on your websites and Facebooks. The Awards voting site is now live, featuring profiles on all the nominees in each state -


Voting closes on April 18, with winners announced on April 21.

Well done again, and good luck to you!

We're pretty chuffed to be held up alongside some pretty fabulous publications.

Help us out and go vote!