Welcome to the first episode of Melbourne Spoken Word’s new podcast, Melbourne Speaks Poetry, where we discuss the art form of spoken within and around Melbourne.

In episode 00, we introduce ourselves and discuss what the podcast aims to do and what is this art form we call spoken word. Featuring Benjamin Solah, Anthony O’Sullivan, Amanda Anastasi, Esme Foong and Brendan Bonsack.

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  • 0:00 – 13:08: Introductions
  • 13:09 – 19:46: “Community” in the Spoken Word Community
  • 19:47 – 23:20: Do you write differently for performance?
  • 23:21 – 26:03: Voice, theatricality and presence in performance
  • 26:04 – 31:00: Why Melbourne Speaks Poetry? The point of this podcast.
  • 31:01 – 35:43: Conflicts in poetry
  • 35:44 – 1:05:04: What is Spoken Word?
    • 41:48 – The difference between ‘spoken word’ and ‘poetry’
    • 42:55 – Does poetry/spoken word have to be written?
    • 46:09 – Memorising poetry
    • 48:11 – The performative aspect of spoken word
    • 51:04 – Spoken word as a conversation: The audience.
    • 53:02 – Getting out to new gigs!
    • 55:22 -Is Spoken Word about Art or Community?
  • 1:00:53 – 1:08:06: Markers of a good spoken word piece
  • 1:08:07 – 1:15:22: What works for live performance versus audio?
  • 1:15:23 – 1:23:43: Highlights of the month


Can I Kick It?

La Mama Poetica

Ms Millie’s Pop Up Poetry Cafe

The Owl & Cat Readings

Paper Waves

Passionate Tongues

Poetry @ the Dan O’Connell

Ruckus Slam



Colossi by Scott Wings

Roshelle Fong – Virtual Reality Performance


Lentil as Anything


3CR Community Radio – Spoken Word

Triple R – Multi Storied

Going Down Swinging


Audacious Volume 4

Melbourne Spoken Word Prize

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