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.

Lentil Thornbury Spoken Word

28 November 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

What is a week without words? A week without expression?

Slamalamadingdong featuring Buki Hannaway

29 November 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

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

Cafe Philosophique De La Mort

29 November 2018
Australian Poetry

Cafe Philosophique De La Mort will utilise poetry and music to prompt safe...

Dan Poets featuring Yvette Stubbs

1 December 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

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

Just Give Me The Pills book launch by Koraly Dimitriadis

2 December 2018
Melbourne Spoken Word

Outside The Box Press invites you to the launch of the novel-in-verse “Just...


3 December 2018
The Moth
True Personal Stories, Told Live

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