We’ve been going around some of the poetry and spoken word events in Melbourne armed with stickers and leaflets to find newcomers to the scene and introduce them to a whole world out there in Melbourne of regular open mics, poetry slams, performances in different cities and performers you don’t want to miss.

We thought we would highlight to you all some gigs listed in our ‘Upcoming events’ page that you certainly want to try and get to, including a gig hosted by this very website!

SLAMALAMADINGDONG: The Nerd Slam! Featuring Bron Batten and Randall Stephens
Thursday, May 16 @ 7.30pm / The Bella Union, Trades Hall, cnr of Victoria and Lygon Street (enter via Lygon Street) / $15-12 (ticketed) / Open slam (see event)

MelbourneSpokenWord.com presents spoken word at Conduit Arts featuring Benjamin Solah, Amanda Anastasi, Steve Smart, Kerry Loughrey, Randall Stephens and Santo Cazzati
Saturday, May 18 @ 8pm / Conduit Arts, 83 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy / $5

Dan Poets featuring MelbourneSpokenWord.com editor, Benjamin Solah
Saturday, May 25 @ 2pm / The Dan O’Connell Hotel, 225 Canning Street, Carlton / Free / Open Mic

One night stanza with Anis Mojgani, Ken Arkind, Carrie Rudzinski, Randall Stephens and Steve Smart, Michelle Dabrowski, Grace Vanilau and Ajak Kwai
Sunday, May 26 @ 7pm / The Performance Space, Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray / $15 (ticketed)

Port Phillip Gilgamesh Readings featuring Ken Arkind and Carrie Rudzinski
Monday, May 27 @ 7pm / Claypots Evening Star, Sth. Melbourne Market, Corner Cecil & York Streets, South Melbourne / Free / Open Mic

Williamstown Literary Festival: Three Poets’ Journeys featuring Matt Hetherington, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Amanda Anastasi
Saturday, June 1 @ 5pm / Williamstown Library, 104 Ferguson St, Williamstown / $10-7 (ticketed)

Passionate Tongues featuring Cece Ojany
Monday, June 3 @ 8.30pm / Brunswick Hotel, 140 Sydney Road, Brunswick / Free + Raffle / Open Mic

Keep Left featuring Maxine Beneba Clarke
Saturday, June 22 @ 8pm / Under the Hammer Arts Hub, 158 Sydney Road, Coburg / $5 / Open Mic

We will also be hosting a stall as part of Page Parlour during the Emerging Writers’ Festival, which will feature publications and CDs from poets and spoken word artists from around Melbourne, as well as special leaflet with events that are happening after the festival. If your gig is happening in June, and want to make sure your event is included, make sure you email us at [email protected]

Benjamin Solah

Benjamin Solah

Benjamin Solah is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, activist and the Director of Melbourne Spoken Word. He grew up in Western Sydney before calling Melbourne home in 2008, where he's performed since 2010 around Melbourne's regular spoken word and poetry nights including Passionate Tongues, The Dan Poets, Voices in the Attic and House of Bricks as well as the NGV and White Night. He's released a chapbook, broken bodies, and two spoken word albums, Duel Power with Santo Cazzati and The World Doesn't Make Sense EP.
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