Spoken Word

Melbourne is one of the most active live poetry and spoken word communities in Australia. From The Dan Poets and La Mama Poetica to Passionate Tongues to slamalamadingdong and SPORTING POETS to special slam competitions and long-time music-themed 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. The Footscray Community Arts Centre also often put on spoken word events.

Key resources for regular poetry event 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 SlamMother TongueWest Word Poetry, Girls On Key, Words Out LoudSpeak 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's weekly radio program Spoken Word is dedicated to performance and poetry; there's also All Our Stories on PBS. For video lovers, there's the Melbourne Spoken Word YouTube channel.There are also great archives of video on Red Lobster, an old Channel 31 program, and RealPoetryMovies, run by Ken Smeaton.

Spoken Word at Bar Oussou

26 February 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

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

Poetry at Absinthesalon featuring Michael Reynolds

28 February 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

Come on down to the finest bar in town to indulge your senses: tulip...

Girls on Key featuring Miriam Barr (NZ) and Michelle Helliwell

28 February 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

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

Cafe Philosophique Des Toilettes: Everyone Poops ft. Emilie Zoey Baker, Sean M Whelan Tumi

28 February 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

Spoken word poetry and philosophical conversations inspired by public toilet...

Books Plus Poet featuring Andy Jackson

2 March 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

Books Plus Poet is at Books Plus bookshop, The Comma, Hargraves Street,...

Dan Poets featuring Christine Burrows

3 March 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

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