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: The Poetree

25 November 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

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Dan Poets featuring Peter Bakowski

25 November 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

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Be Mused Poetry featuring Marty Monstar, Cecilia Morris and Emma Kathryn

25 November 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

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Memoirs Secret Show with Tenda McFly

25 November 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

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Workshop: Performance Poetry with Omar Musa

26 November 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

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West Word Poetry featuring Elizabeth Etta

26 November 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

A Melbourne poetry event that’s been running for over a decade – West Word...