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.

Sporting Poets featuring Ali Alizadeh, Melinda Bufton, and Tim Wright

4 June 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Sporting Poets runs once a month, on the first Sunday at 5 for a 5:30pm...

Soul Arts Open Mic

18 June 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Presented by Soul Arts, this is an intimate open mic on the theme of death,...

Melbourne Spoken Word presents Ebony Stewart (USA), Women of the World Poetry Slam Champ

18 June 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Melbourne Spoken Word brings you the recently crowned Women and the World...

Bar Oussou Spoken Word

19 June 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

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

Poetry @ Chrissy Hills featuring Steve Smart

22 June 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Poetry@Chrissy Hills originally began as...

Spoken Word Night School: Reviewing with Bonny Cassidy

27 June 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to host this workshop on reviewing with Bonny...