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Why open mic is at the heart of the spoken word scene and the heart of the Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival

Perhaps it’s slight self-interest or perhaps it’s obvious but the opportunity for anyone to sign up and get up on a stage around Melbourne and perform poetry through our city’s […]

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Thabani Tshuma / Newton’s Apple

Thabani Tshuma performing ‘Newton’s Apple,’ which received an honourable mention at The 2018 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. Thabani Tshuma was born and raised in Zimbabwe but has been globe-hopping for […]

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Rhiann Isaacs / Black on Both Sides

Rhiann Isaacs performing ‘Black on Both Sides,’ which received an honourable mention at The 2018 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. Rhiann Isaacs is an outspoken Afro-Guyanese poet that has nurtured a […]

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Alison Whittaker / A love like Dorothea’s

Alison Whittaker reads ‘A love like Dorothea’s’ as part Blakwork, a reading for the Melbourne Visiting Poets Program, at The Wheeler Centre in August 2018. Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi […]

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Sharifa Tartoussi / On blood and handprints

Sharifa Tartoussi performs ‘On blood and handprints’ at Slamalamadingdong in October 2018 at The Melba Spiegeltent. Sharifa A Tartoussi is a dentist, poet and performer. She is involved in several […]

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Thabani Tshuma / Put It In Writing

Thabani Tshuma, winner of Slamalamadingdong in March, performs ‘Put It In Writing.’ Thabani Tshuma was born and raised in Zimbabwe but has been globe-hopping for the greater part of the […]