We are at the end of 2011 and the right to free speech is still being visibly violated around us. Most dramatically in the casual showering of pepper spray. Well, Amnesty once again joins Cottonmouth to voice the common rights to basic freedoms by spraying back. With words, those painful and powerful things.

Spoken word artists, writers, poets and musicians will congregate once again for a night that entertains, yes, but does so with import. All proceeds go to Amnesty International, bolstered by the ammunition of declarations and exaltations that remind us of the wrongs as much as it reasserts the rights.

Performers will be announced shortly!

WHAT: Cottonmouth XXXIII meets Amnesty International For ARTillery Spoken Word.
WHEN: 7.30pm Tuesday 6 December 2011
WHERE: The Bird, 181 William St, Northbridge
HOW MUCH: $10 - all proceeds go to Amnesty.

A zine will be released. Submissions with socially conscious interests and themes will be considered. 

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Why hello there, September. Fancy seeing you in a bar like this? Can I buy you a drink? No? What would you prefer? Enough triple-charged words to send you out to Mars? I think we've got the night for you with the return of Cottonmouth with  enough blather to turn you out into a lather.


Yes, the date is Tuesday the 6th of September and we're taking you out to The Bird once again for a night on the town.


Our Maitre d' will be the debonair dignitary Tomas Ford, serving us up a main course of bodies, mouths and voices on-stage for delectable consumption. Tut tut, but what will our main course be, September? What treats await us?


Our performers will be:

Steve McCall

Benjamin Mulvey

The Scrutineer of Splodge

David Vincent Smith

St John Cowcher

Daniel Kershaw

Khin Mynt

Eva Bujalka 


Nothing fans intimacy between us, September, than the music of the spheres...


Our music acts are:

Mobb Saraswati and

Obscotch


Dessert will be provided by that suave sod Byron Bard, providing us surprising sweets in those who bite at the chomp for the Open Mic.


And if we need further advice on the practicalities of when to make a sure-fire seduction of September or at least when to read the signals right, the Perth Zine Collective will provide advice and wisdom stored in the printed words they have for purchase.


Dress up to the nines and we'll open the door for you, September. Our words may be polished or our words may be rough, but they'll be sincerely full of love for you. As long as we can go steady.


While you think it over, submit to the zine at zine@cottonmouth.org.au!

WHAT: Cottonmouth XXVIII
WHEN: 7:30pm Tuesday 6 September 2011
WHERE: The Bird, 181 William Street, Northbridge WA

HOW MUCH: $5 entry; $20 entry + Cottonmouth anthology
ZINE: by donation

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A month away, yes, and I know you've had words, you've had voices, and you've had music. Maybe you even had some Byron Bard on the side (he gets around, we know). What you've been really missing though, I know, is the night when all of these precious things coagulate into a vibrant spectacle known as Cottonmouth.


For August, we have something special - basically, a new night and a new venue! Yes, like any important thing in your life that leaves you momentarily, we have returned changed. Different. New.


As the old poem goes, The Bird is the word, yes, but on the first TUESDAY night of each month, THE BIRD will be for the word, particularly that word known as COTTONMOUTH. We return to you on Tuesday 2 August, resurfacing for a restaging of the night you've been really missing, really exploring the space of The Bird as best we can, because Tuesday nights right? The Bird. Tuesday nights. The Bird. Tuesday nights. You're picking up what we're putting down, yes? 


As per usual, Tomas Ford MCs your face off, swinging on a chandelier to lead the resumption into a consumption for your ears, which are begging for it, I know.


Though he's sullied his reputation with others, Byron Bard will be Chancelloring the Open Mic like the elegant despot he claims to be, undertaking the overtaking of the stage by the great unwashed.

Further words are to be found in the printed medium, the Perth Zine Collective as they open up their wares for perusal, zines to purchase for all those lonely nights when Cottonmouth cannot keep you company. One night a month is so fleeting, I know...


So, open your arms and embrace us warmly, because we've missed you too!


In the meantime, submit to the zine at zine@cottonmouth.org.au

WHAT:: Cottonmouth XXVIII

WHEN: 7:30pm Tuesday 2 August 2011

WHERE: The Bird, 181 William Street, Northbridge WA

HOW MUCH: $5 entry; $20 entry + Cottonmouth anthology

'Zine: by donation

Cottonmouth XXV: Ghostdrums

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Cottonmouth XXV: Michael Collins

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Cottonmouth XXV: Matthew Hall

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Cottonmouth XXVIII, Thursday 7 July

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Gadzooks, our fellow homeboys and homegirls, gad-muthaluvin'-zooks!

It's gonna be July soon and hark(!), it's gonna be Thursday 7 July soon.

Have them washed and brought to our tent, 'cause we're gonna be Cottonmouthing until late.

The illustriously high-steppin' Tomas Ford will herald us through sweethearted performers with much raising of hands and crying out with hallelujah.

The Chancellor of Open Mic Byron Bard presents his new open stage spectacle. Know the rules.

As always, the Perth Zine Collective sets up shop in the back chill out room with loads of awesomeness to read and touch and buy!

In the meantime, submit to the zine at zine@cottonmouth.org.au

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

Cottonmouth XXVII, Thursday 2 June

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Sometimes Cottonmouth comes down in June
Sometimes the sun goes 'round the moon
I see the passion in your eyes
Sometimes it's all a big surprise

Cottonmouth XXVII swooping into a North Perth bar near you - Thursday 2 June. We've got a line-up in store for you that'll make you say "And now we're standing face to face, isn't this world a crazy place?"

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 2 June 2011
Where: 459 Bar Rosemount Hotel 459 Fitzgerald St North Perth
How much: $5 entry; $20 entry + Cottonmouth anthology
'Zine: by donation

Cottonmouth XXV: Jackson Eaton

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Cottonmouth XXV: Clayton Lin

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Cottonmouth XXV: Bobby von Baker

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Cottonmouth XXV: Andrea Gibbs

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