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.

Poets' Corner featuring Michael Pardy

30 June 2019
Melbourne Spoken Word

Poets’ Corner gathering usually includes a guest poet set and always has...

Spoken Word at Bar Oussou

1 July 2019
Melbourne Spoken Word

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

Ivanhoe Reading Circle discussing The Library by Stuart Kells

2 July 2019
Ivanhoe Reading Circle
Stuart Kells

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders is a fascinating and engaging...

Girls on Key featuring Fiorella Guerra and Maja Amanita

3 July 2019
Melbourne Spoken Word

Girls on Key is a monthly poetry gig offering a platform for women and non-...

Australian Poetry Slam heat

9 July 2019
Boroondara Library Service
Australian Poetry Slam

Australian Poetry Slam is a live literary performance program where the...

Commonground: Brimbank

10 July 2019
Melbourne Spoken Word

Common ground was established by Multicultural Arts Victoria 5 years ago and...