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Slamalamadingdong is Melbourne’s premiere poetry slam, being the only slam in Australia currently PSI-certified, with three rounds and high-calibre nationally and internationally recognised feature artists that push the boundaries of spoken word. Slama runs on the last Thursday of every month, with slammers competing for cash, a published video of their work, performance opportunities and the chance to represent Slama at the National Poetry Slam in the United States each year.
The Dan is Melbourne’s longest running weekly poetry venue is now in its 24th year. Every Saturday between 2pm-5pm, The Dan O’Connell Hotel becomes, The Home of Poets. The Dan is a community of poets, who support each other’s work, and endeavour to improve their poetry. Some of the poets that perform at The Dan have been writing poetry for decades, but many, are just starting their poetry journey.
The Dan is also, for people that love to see poets performing their poems. Our poetry audience can listen, and watch the open mic, with a drink and a meal in front of them, you will hear words from around the corner, and around the world. It’s free entry, and everyone is welcome on the open mic.
Give yourself the gift of a living performance, come and experience Poetry @ The Dan O’Connell. Put your name on the blackboard and be part of the open mic. Co-ordinated and MC’d by the Dan Poet’s Collective, Libby, Steve, Anne, Norman and Tim.
Be pleasantly challenged and inspired at ‘Be Mused’ – Poetry & Humanity at ‘The Resistance’ – Bar & Café in the heart of Hawthorn. This event was founded and is hosted by local poet Cheung-Ling Wong with a varied guest list of poets with two open mic segments available for all interested poets and lovers of the muses. Chill-out with a Rastafarian vibe on the bean bags downstairs in the large basement shisha lounge that also serves as the poetry reading space. This monthly event is free but cash donations are encouraged as this event is an official fundraiser for the Australian Red Cross and all the good humanitarian work they do around Australia and the world. ‘The Resistance’ is right next to Glenferrie train station and Glenferrie Rd trams.
We Work This Shop is a place for poets and spoken word artists of all styles and levels to bring their work for feedback and workshopping in a supportive environment.
Whether you’re an experienced poet who wants to try out your latest piece on a small audience for performance feedback, or if you’ve got a piece you want to test run before trying the open mic for the first time, or something you want to edit closely, to see if it makes sense, the place is open, especially for those new to spoken word.
We start with a short writing exercise to get your writing brain moving, and then everyone gets a turn to share their piece for feedback. Bring extra copies if you can, so people can make notes and suggestions.
Entry is free but donations are encouraged to help pay for the room.
Poets’ Corner gathering usually includes a guest poet set and always has open mic sets. It happens in a cosy, licenced, warm cafe`, opposite the beach, on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula on the last Sunday of each month; March to November. We aim to encourage anyone who is involved to write, to read, to perform or simply listen to poetry in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Patrons can enjoy a two-course meal and a glass of wine or just come and listen.
Why ‘Blame Smarty’ as a gig name? Good question. Truly MC/convenor/regular performer Steve Smart has been blamed for so many things – mostly aching heads and whiny livers – and he believes in making the best of what he’s got to work with. So feel free to come along to Swamp Land on the last Sunday of the month for poetry shenanigans, and the next morning know that you can always ‘Blame Smarty.’ Sometimes there are sparklers and glowsticks too, along with friendly staff, a high-end sound system and reasonably priced drinks. Come for the art, stay for the chaos.
Blame Smarty now combines the best of the two poetry events at Swamp Land (formerly Tago Mago) into one event, combining features and open mic. Entry is by donation, helps us pay our artists in the style to which they’ve become (cough) accustomed.