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Poets, storytellers bring first spoken word theatre to Kuching

KUCHING: Wordsmiths of Kuching (WoK) team up with KL-based Poets Passport MY (PPMY) to bring the first spoken word theatre to Kuching next Sunday (October 6), 8pm at Location X (old Ting & Ting Supermarket) in conjunction with What About Kuching (WAK) 2019.

The show ‘Jalin’ and its accompanying workshop that same morning was conceptualised to reflect the relationship between Peninsula Malaysia and Borneo by using the 18-point Agreement between Malaya and Sarawak in the Perjanjian Malaysia 1963 as its core.

Director Jamal Raslan said that his hope is that the communities, the poets, the workshop participants and the audiences will leave Jalin with a renewed sense of understanding of each other, which would inspire further efforts to foster deeper and more meaningful ties between East and West Malaysia.

Production Crew and Performers for JALIN Showcase: (clockwise from top left) Director Jamal Raslan (PPMY), Performer Gwendoline Esther (PPMY), Performer Shahidah ‘Mochi’ (PPMY), Performer Jack Kin Lim (PPMY), Stage Manager Umar Azizi (PPMY), Coordinator Ariff Nagiuddin (PPMY), Performer Maclean Patrick (WoK), Performer Celine Tiang (WoK), Performer Bethany Balan (WoK), Producer and Performer Angelina Bong (WoK). Photos courtesy of About Kuching, WoK and PPMY.

“Since I first performed in Kuching in 2017, WoK and the city has never failed to be supportive, empathetic and committed, to not just the literary cause but community building. This kindness has fostered a deep attachment within me that has stretched across the South China Sea. Jalin is an effort on my end, someone who has been practicing spoken word in Klang Valley since 2010 to create a lasting relationship between the two cities,” he said.

Jamal added that the word Jalin was chosen as in Bahasa Melayu it means ‘to link, unite, connect, intertwine and weave.’

“I also hope that Jalin will introduce spoken word to the people of Kuching in a way that would inspire more people to support the efforts of WoK, and grow the writing community in Kuching.”

The Jalin showcase will be feature four selected poets from WoK and three from PPMY.

The Jalin workshop, happening at 10am on October 6, is a writing circle which will be exploring, documenting and archiving the issues surrounding the relationship between Peninsula and Sarawak. It is also open to the general public.

The workshop is priced at RM40 for adults and RM30 for students. Tickets to the showcase is priced at RM30. You can sign up for the workshop at and book a spot for the showcase at

Alternatively, you can also contact WoK at [email protected] or via Facebook and Instagram at @wordsmithsofkuching or via mobile at +6016-279 2350 (Angelina) or +60128876889 (Laura) for bookings.

Besides Jalin, WoK is also back with Word of Mouth KCH Special Edition III with MyWritersFest 19 for the third time at WAK, bringing you poets and storytellers from Kuching and KL. This will be held on October 4, 8 to 10 pm at Le Café Rouge. Admission is free.

WoK is a group of Kuching-based storytellers, performance poets, spoken word artists and those interested in bringing their page to the stage. Poets Passport MY (PPMY) a KL based poetry community led by Jamal Raslan, a renowned spoken word artist from Kuala Lumpur who is making his return to WAK for the third year running.

This event is part of What About Kuching 2019. For more information or to download our calendar, visit Programme booklet are also available for free across Kuching. For updates, find WAK on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter under @aboutkuching.

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