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.

Workshop: Poetry and Spoken Word

18 November 2017
Stonnington Libraries
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa

Tap into the spoken word poet within and learn the basics of spoken word...

Dan Poets featuring Sarah Rice

18 November 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

The Dan is Melbourne’s longest running weekly poetry venue is now in its...

Launch: Ray Liversidge's Oradour-sur-Glane

18 November 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Everyone is welcome to help Ray celebrate the launch of his new book of...

Broadford and Beyond

19 November 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Broadford and Beyond welcome poets and spoken word artists from far and wide...

Temporary Adults: Live in the Shed featuring Steve Smart, George O'Hara, and Loran Steinberg

19 November 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Temporary Adults are the sort of people who set alarms to remind themselves...

Spoken Word Films from Urban Africa featuring Piriye Altraide

20 November 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Australian Festival of African Film presents a fundraiser featuring spoken...