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.

Spoken Word Films from Urban Africa featuring Piriye Altraide

20 November 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Australian Festival of African Film presents a fundraiser featuring spoken...

To the Ends of the 'Verse Northcote

21 November 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

To the Ends of the ‘Verse is all open mic, all the time, hosted between two...

Afro Hub Poetry Slam featuring Idil Ali

23 November 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Afro Hub is a monthly open mic where poets can share their work.

Poetry @ Chrissy Hills featuring Helen Lucas

23 November 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Poetry@Chrissy Hills originally began as...

Whiplash: a solo show by Scott Wings

23 November 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Scott Wings brings his physical theatre and poetic mashup style to a new...

Melbourne Poets Union Awards Night

24 November 2017
Melbourne Spoken Word

Join the Melbourne Poets Union for their last event, presenting the winner...