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.

Paper Waves featuring Alicia Sometimes

1 April 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Paper Waves brings poetry south-side in an intimate, alcohol-free setting,...

The Owl & Cat Readings featuring Claire Gaskin and Sean M Whelan

2 April 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

The Owl & Cat Readings are hosted by the colourfully dressed Santo...

Girls on Key Q featuring Gabrielle Everall

3 April 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Girls on Key presents their series at Hare Hole with female identifying and...

Passionate Tongues featuring Waffle Irongirl

3 April 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

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

Writers Under the Influence

5 April 2017
Buck Mulligan
Rachel Hennessy

Writers Under the Influence is a monthly literary event at Buck Mulligan'

Girls on Key featuring Saaro Umar and Zee

5 April 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Girls on Key is a monthly poetry gig offering a platform for female-...