Melbourne Spoken Word is very excited about this year’s upcoming Emerging Writers’ Festival taking place this May, especially because spoken word and spoken word artists feature in the fantastic program. It is definitely worth checking out for both writers and lovers of words. Melbourne Spoken Word is also excited because we have sponsored a writer as part of the ‘Pen Pal’ program. All of the festival’s guests are paid, and many of that is thanks to donations from individuals and sites like ours.

Featuring in the program this year are poets and spoken word artists such including Melbourne’s own Omar Musa, Jessica Alice and Alia Gabres, all regular features of our scene.

Opening Night: Stories that matter
Thursday, May 24 @ 7.30pm / Treasury Theatre, 1 Macarthur Street, Melbourne / $20-$12

Featuring Omar Musa as well as a call to arms for writers and a range of performances.

Poetry Cafe
Wednesday, May 30 @ 3pm / The Moat, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne / Free

Introducing the Cafe Poet for the Moat, Alia Gabres and featuring readings from other poets.

EWF Open Mic
Sunday, June 3 @ 12.30pm / Future Bookshop, NGV Studio, Federation Square, Melbourne / Free / Open Mic

Hosted by Jessica Alice and featuring Josephine Rowe, it’s a chance for budding poets and storytellers to get up and have a go yourself.

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.
Benjamin Solah