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.

To the Ends of the 'Verse Upwey

6 April 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

To the Ends of the ‘Verse is all open mic, all the time, hosted between two...

Mother Tongue featuring Chalise van Wyngaardt and Farah Beaini

7 April 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Mother Tongue is an intimate and inspiring Women’s Spoken Word event.

Blame Smarty featuring Marty MonStar plus more

13 April 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Why ‘Blame Smarty’ as a gig name? Good question.

Courthouse Readings featuring Ross Donlon

20 April 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

The Courthouse reading is a monthly poetry and spoken word event held in the...

Get out of the way of your own performance with Nathan Curnow

22 April 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Melbourne Spoken Word presents the next in our series of workshops, this...

Bar Oussou Spoken Word

24 April 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

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