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.

Slamalamadingdong "New S*%#" Slam featuring Team Slama

26 July 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

Join Slama for July to send off Team Slama to the National Poetry Slam, and...

We Work This Shop

29 July 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

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

Sean M Whelan Special Collabs

29 July 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

After taking somewhat of a hiatus from creative projects in 2017 Sean M...

Spoken Word at Bar Oussou

30 July 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

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

Dramatis Personae

31 July 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

Eleven Amazing Poets will capture an ‘In Character Performance’ by bringing...


6 August 2018
The Moth
Open Mic Personal Storytelling

Hosted by: Cal Wilson • Venue: Howler Melbourne.