Spoken Word

Melbourne is one of the most active live poetry/spoken word communities in Australia. From The Dan Poets and La Mamas La poetica to Passionate Tongues to slamalamadingdong and SPORTING POETS to special slam competitions and long-time favourite Liner Notes, there is always a lot going on. Not forgetting bigger events such as White Night MelbourneMelbourne Festival and the Melbourne Fringe Festival, all of which contain programmed spoken word performances, and the Footscray Community Arts Centre often put on spoken word as well.

Key resources for regular poetry events listings can be found at Melbourne Spoken Word as well as poet Steve Smart’s Gig Guide. Other key links for poetry event information for the city are: Australian Poetry SlamVoices in the AtticMother TongueBrother TongueWest Word Poetry, Slam of the CenturySpeak Up and the Eltham Courthouse readings.

Performance can be enjoyed at home or on the move: Melbourne is home to spoken word journal Going Down Swinging, publishing digital as well as print and audio anthologies since 1979 (as well as producing sensational, sold-out live events). 3CR has a weekly radio program Spoken Word dedicated to performance and poetry; there's also All Our Stories on PBS and Multi-Storied on RRR. For video lovers, there's the Melbourne Spoken Word YouTube channel as well as RealPoetryMovies, run by Ken Smeaton. There's also a great archive of video on Red Lobster, an old Channel 31 program.

Passionate Tongues featuring Michael Crane and Ben John Smith

29 May 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Hosted by ‘the patron-saint of Melbourne poetry,’ poet and photographer...

Harbour @ The Guild, a safe, spoken word testing ground for women

30 May 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Harbour @ The Guild provides a supportive space for women writers to present...

Poetry at Absinthesalon featuring Robert Drummond

31 May 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Hosted by Melbourne street poetry legend, Grant Alexander Mccracken and Lisa...

Melbourne Poets Union featuring Judith Rodriguez and Rob Wallis

31 May 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Melbourne Poets Union (MPU) is a self-funded not for profit organisation...

Launch: Fleassy Malay's Sex and God

1 June 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Fleassy Malay launches her new book of poetry, Sex and God, in an immersive...

Creative Responsiblity

2 June 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

To all of those who have heard the quiet call of creativity whispering their...