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.

Fresh Voices featuring Sigrun Mikula, Danny Hutley and Nour Alamar

9 May 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Melbourne Spoken Word is pleased to present a special event, Fresh Voices,...

Dan Poets featuring Anthony Lawrence

13 May 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

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

La Mama Poetica featuring Mark Tredinnick, Susan Fealy, Brendan Bonsack and Yvette Stubbs

16 May 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

La Mama Poetica is an evening of some of the best spoken word and poetry to...

Eltham Courthouse Readings featuring Gayelene Carbis

18 May 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

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

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...