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.

The Moth StorySLAM: SCANDAL

9 October 2018
The Moth
True stories, told live

The Moth's StorySLAMs are open-mic storytelling competitions.

Particle/Wave

13 October 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

Particle/Wave Melbourne Festival October 6, 10 and 13th. 7pm and 9pm shows...

The Universe Looks Down

17 October 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

Emeritus Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe will discuss the genesis of this...

GOKxTTEOV Feast and Beats featuring Vista Rajan and Ella Fornalska

23 October 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

A blended night like no other.

The Moth StorySLAM: BEGINNINGS

12 November 2018
The Moth
True stories, told live

The Moth's StorySLAMs are open-mic storytelling competitions.

Just Give Me The Pills book launch by Koraly Dimitriadis

2 December 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

Join Outside The Box Press for the launch of Koraly Dimitriadis’s second...