Melbourne Spoken Word is the online connection to the Melbourne poetry and spoken word scene. Our city is full of poetry readings, open mics, slams, and spoken word performances. It is a diverse scene with a lot happening, and we want to share it with other people, and bring the community together. This site is maintained by people in the Melbourne spoken word and poetry scene for the scene and to welcome others.

It includes a list of the upcoming events in Melbourne, including open stage opportunities for anyone to get up and perform, as well as reviews of the latest publications of poetry, interviews of poets in the scene and a discussion about the state of poetry.

We accept contributions from others to add diversity to our discussions on this website, we sometimes run events or support/sponsor poetry gigs (e.g. Keep Left), we hand out leaflets at gigs highlighting other upcoming gigs around Melbourne, and we sometimes have tables selling publications by poets around the scene, such as Page Parlour at the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

Editor: Benjamin Solah
Regular contributors: Amanda Anastasi, Randall Stephens
Sponsored by: Melbourne Poets Union

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  1. Ken Smeaton

     /  June 23, 2013

    Terrific site, all the best.

  2. Hi, I’m wondering if you could add our event to your what’s on, not sure where to email, or how much info you need, so I’ll try here. Thank you, Warrandyte Neighbourhood House.
    The Grand Read
    Tuesday March 25th From 7.30pm
    Finale of the Warrandyte Festival. Featuring Kevin Brophy and award winning local poets. Described by The Guardian as “witty, friendly but also unexpected and sometimes dark -edged”. Kevin Brophy has a reputation as a wonderful performer whose work is emotionally honest and accessible. Also appearing: Scott Podmore, Lyn Hatherly, John Jenkins, Lisa Jacobsen, Sandi Jeffs and Karen Throssell.
    Tuesday March 25th, from 7.30pm. Tickets $20 concession $16. Includes supper. Call 9844 1839

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