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.

Afro Hub presents I Exist Therefore I Am featuring Manal Younus, Bigoa Chuol, Tenda McFly, and Sista Zai

25 January 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

Afro Hub invites poets from Melbourne’s African community to share their...

2018 Manifestations

27 January 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

Featuring Tariro Mavondo, Charlotte Laurasia Raymond, Sharifa A Tartoussi,...

Ruckus Slam @ Rainbow Serpent Festival

28 January 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

The infamous Ruckus Slam makes its return to Melbourne in 2018 at Rainbow...

We Work This Shop

28 January 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

We Work This Shop is a place for poets and spoken word artists of all styles...

Afro Hub Poetry Slam featuring Tenda McFly

28 January 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

Afro Hub is a monthly open mic where poets can share their work.

Spoken Word at Bar Oussou

29 January 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

A night for the poetic sweepings of the inner north to degenerate into...