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Come on down to the finest bar in town to indulge your senses: tulip lighting, Absinthe drinking and kick ass poetry! Hosted by Grant Alexander McCracken and Lisa McLean, this casual affair contrasts the extravagant and sparkling surrounds in which it is held. On the last Wednesday of each month at 6pm Poetry at Absinthesalon sees one feature poet express until their heart’s content while sharing the floor with anyone who feels compelled to voice their work. No stage, no mic, just raw natural voices projecting our vibes out into the ether. Join them for a magical night of poetry, community and, of course, Absinthe!
Melbourne Poets Union (MPU) is a self-funded not for profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of poets and poetry in Victoria. They host monthly events in different venues around Melbourne and regional Victoria, run an annual international poetry competition, publish chapbooks, maintain an increasing web presence and are always looking for new opportunities for our members.
This month they celebrate the poetic accomplishments of their members and celebrate their 40th Birthday.
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.
The Owl & Cat Readings are hosted by the colourfully dressed Santo Cazzati and the colourfully spoken Anthony O’Sullivan on the first Sunday of the month at the Owl & Cat Theatre in Richmond, featuring an open mic and two featured poets, the latest poetry gig to grace the east side of the city is a blend of both hosts and their former gigs, House of Bricks and The Spinning Room, featuring some of the best poets in this fine city.
Hosted by ‘the patron-saint of Melbourne poetry,’ poet and photographer Michael Reynolds, what began as a one-off gig on Valentine’s Day in 1999, has turned into one of the longest running gigs in Melbourne, now hosted every second Monday at The Brunswick Hotel, with a diverse range of features from Melbourne and sometimes from beyond, and a substantial space for open mic, it is great for first time readers or performers.
Hawthorn Library invites you to experience a night of colourful language at Hawthorn’s House of Letters (aka Hawthorn Library) This space will be christened with words by our established 3 poets before being opened up to the floor. You will have 3 minutes to fill the stage -the blank canvas- with whatever you feel like. No theme, no safety net just you and the microphone!
Featuring Jess Knight, Alex Jurlina and Lara Mitchell.