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

24 September 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

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

MSW Workshop: Ebony Stewart on Performance

25 September 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to present a special workshop on performance...

Slamalamadingdong! September Slam featuring Sharifa Tartoussi

26 September 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

Slamalamadingdong is Melbourne’s premiere poetry slam, being the only slam...

Lentil with a Side of Poetry

28 September 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

Lentil as Anything in Abbotsford are now hosting a monthly poetry open mic...

Melbourne Fringe: Tenda McFly presents Memoirs of A Decent Man

28 September 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

88 Miles proudly presents Memoirs of a Decent Man as part of this year’s...

Dan Poets featuring Allan Lake

30 September 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

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