Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

lowercase poetry: Naked

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Geelong’s best poetry night held monthly. Theme for this month is 'Naked'. A perfect combo of wine and words within a supportive community! All poets and poetry lovers welcome. Monthly zines featuring plenty of local and Melbourne talent released at each event. Founded by Joshua Maxwell De Hoog, Yasmin Mobayad and Annie Mullen-Walsh.

Open mic sign up: on the night

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Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

Words Out Loud Ballarat

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Words Out Loud presents poetry, readings and storytelling at the Printers Room at Sebastiaans cafe in Ballarat. The non-compulsory theme for July in "a shot in the dark". Performers are asked to keep to a maximum of five minutes. Gold coin donation appreciated. Meals and bar available all night.

Open mic sign up: on the door

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Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival Opening Night

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Melbourne Spoken Word invites you to the opening of The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival Opening Night. We're excited to open two and a half weeks of spoken word performances, poetry readings, slams, open mics, workshops and international guests.

Opening night features a special line-up including one of Australia's highest-calibre spoken word artists, Luka Lesson (QLD), plus Singapore's Stephanie Dogfoot Chan; former Australia Poetry Slam Champ, Arielle Cottingham; Stella Prize Vice-Chair and author of 'A Leaving' (Vagabond Press), Eleanor Jackson; selected in five of the last six Best Australian Poems, Andy Jackson; Melbourne Spoken Word Prize winner, Natalie Jeffreys and up & coming poet and Slamlamadingdong Grand-Slam runner-up (by 0.1 of a point!), Zaynab G Farah.

Accessibility: There's an elevator to The Toff in Town on Level 2. The Toff in Town has a fully wheelchair accessible toilet.

Adult: $30
Concession: $25
Golden Ticket (Including Opening, Closing and two workshops): $100 (on sale separately soon)

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Jul
13
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Fresh Voices with Arielle Cottingham

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Melbourne Spoken Word invites you to a special MSWPF workshop as part of our Fresh Voices series supported by Yarra Libraries. Fresh Voices supports the new and emerging in our spoken word scene and this workshop is reserved just for those new or newish to spoken word.

Poet, dancer, and performance artist Arielle Cottingham will lead a workshop focused on writing for performance, with an emphasis on weaving performance aspects into the writing process and using the voice and body to further carry the words we write to an audience accustomed to the multiple stimuli of the present day.

Bookings essential. Will book out quickly, but please do not book if you’re not sure of attending. If you cannot make it after booking, please cancel your booking to allow someone else to attend.

Accessibility: Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library is a fully accessible venue. There is a lift to the Community Room on level 2 and the library has an accessible Changing Places toilet as well as hearing loops on request.

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Jul
13
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Poetry, a Framework for Power Threat Meaning

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Melbourne Spoken Word invites you to a special MSWPF workshop as part of our series of MSWPF workshops at Siteworks. Poet Henry Briffa hosts a workshop on confessional poetry.

Poetry, like therapy, offers the words to say it; ways to create more hopeful narratives about our lives and the difficulties we have faced or are still facing. These stories contribute to self-worth, meaning and identity. We will:

  • consider work by poets who have written about personal difficulties

  • think about what works in these poems

  • we might write from our own woundedness or from our strength and power

  • consider the importance of supporting other writers and our inner poet

(Please bring 2 objects (or photos) representing strength & vulnerability)

General Admission: $30

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party, and two workshops)

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Jul
13
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: The Art of Engagement

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Melbourne Spoken Word invites you to a special MSWPF workshop as part of our series of MSWPF workshops at Siteworks. Poet wāni Le Frere hosts a workshop on decolonizing spoken word spaces.

The Art of Engagement unpacks the bumpy business of decolonizing socially engaged art practice in an Australian context as well as critically analyzing the ways in which we engage the diversity of communities both in our practice as well as organizing. This workshop looks to find ways in which we can learn to create, develop and unpack spaces in which cultural safety, awareness and engagement are the centre. Presented by wāni Le Frere, an emerging critical race theorist and artist, as well as a few special guests.

General Admission: $30

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party, and two workshops)

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Jul
13
1:00 PM13:00

Chamber Poets 70 featuring Michael Reynolds

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Chamber Poets is a monthly spoken word event which began in February 2013 and is convened by Myron Lysenko. The program consists of a featured poet, an Open Section where poets vie for the Poet of the Month Award and the resident band Black Forest Smoke, who perform poetry and music compositions. Character actor and renowned voice artist John Flaus is a regular who often reads the work of reluctant poets or those who wish to remain anonymous.

Chamber Poets #70 will feature Michael Reynolds, the well-known and well-loved Melbourne poet, photographer and host of the long-running event, Passionate Tongues. The Melbourne Poets Union, published his chapbook Upon Finding a Chair in the Forest, in 2008. His work is witty, humane and full of word-play.

There are bar facilitates, the kitchen provides vegetable soup and scones, there is a raffle for book prizes and everybody is welcome to listen or read.

Open mic: sign up on the door

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Jul
13
2:00 PM14:00

The Dan Poets featuring Sasha Cuha

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It’s been going since the beginning of time, and you bet your sweet bippy Dan Poetry will be running during the festival! Featuring Sasha Cuha - more Cohenesque than Leonard Cohen himself; with MC Annemarie Bowman, plus plenty of HOT OPEN MIC ACTION!

Open mic: Sign up on the board at the event.

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Jul
13
8:15 PM20:15

Write Here, Write Now hosted by Arielle Cottingham

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An anti-slam for poets, encouraging new and local work! All work must either be brand new and never before performed to an audience, or specifically about the area in which the competition takes place. Winner takes the pot and is decided by competitors, who get ONE vote each. Maximum of 15 - 20 competitors, competition entry of $10 to contribute to the winner's pot. Max time limit of 3 mins 30 secs per performer, competitors disqualified for going over (even by 1 sec). Audience entry is free. Tie breakers decided by host.

Slam sign up: on the door, $10 entry (cash only) for competitors, max of 15-20 places.

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Jul
14
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Performing your Poetry

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Melbourne Spoken Word invites you to a special MSWPF workshop where poet and experimental artist, Scott Wings facilitates a workshop on performing your poetry.

Scott Wings is a poet-meets-Physical-theatre practitioner. This workshop compiles his experience as a performance maker from a spoken word background. How does a poem become a show? How does text sit within theatre? How do we stay conscious of our body and the role it plays in storytelling?

Scott has been asking these questions in his own practice for over ten years. In this Melbourne Spoken Word workshop he doesn’t aim to answer them, but open up your curiosity of poetry as vibrant theatre.

General Admission: $30

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party and two workshops)

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Jul
14
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Preparing a Poetry Book Manuscript

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Melbourne Spoken Word invites you to a special MSWPF workshop as part of our series of workshops at Siteworks. Poet and convener of La Mama Poetica facilitates a workshop on preparing a poetry book manuscript.

So, you want to put together a poetry book. There is much to consider before you ask the question: should I self-publish or submit to a publisher? This workshop will focus on the questions to explore initially and give you tips on making your collection publication ready. Which poems should be included? How should they be ordered for best effect? Should there be an overarching theme? When does a poem written for performance sit well on the page, and when should the poem make its home on the stage or in an audio publication? Amanda will explore these questions with you, and help you create a vision and a plan for your poetry manuscript.

General Admission: $30

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party and two workshops)

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Jul
14
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Writing Haiku

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Myron Lysenko has been teaching contemporary haiku since the end of the twentieth century. Although there is a general perception that a haiku is a 17 syllable poem in a 5/7/5 structure, this is not the kind of haiku that is being written and published today by the world haiku community.

Myron will show examples of haiku and will teach you how to compose haiku and how to use specific techniques to achieve this.

Myron is the Victorian Regional Officer of The Australian Haiku Society.

General Admission: $30

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party and two workshops)

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Jul
14
6:00 PM18:00

Sista Zai presents Afrikan High Tea #9 The Melbourne Spoken Word Festival Edition

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Featuring Achut Thuc (poet/storyteller), Amarachi Okorom (poet), Rhoda Makur (poet) and Aminata Diallo (visual storyteller)

Afrikan High Tea is a  joyous sharing of good vibes and insights into the art of Bla(c)k storytelling. Fuelled by powerful performances, authentic heart connection, music, complimentary bottomless cups of herbal tea and a platter of refreshing fresh fruit, this is the perfect way to spend your Sunday with old and new friends.

This special Melbourne Spoken Word Festival edition is designed and organised by four stellar emerging storytellers. Keen to run their own signature storytelling events in the near future, Achut, Aminata, Amarachi and Rhoda signed up for a six month Afrikan High Tea mentorship with Sista Zai. 

Open mic sign-up: on the door.

Waged: $30

Unwaged: $10

First Nations and Afro-descended: By Donation

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Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

Piano and the Poet: Volume Two

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Featuring Taylah Adam, Zaynab G Farah, Charlotte Laurasia Raymond, Morgaine van Wingerden, Tim Evans, Amanda Anastasi, Miriam Dale, Benjamin Solah, Trixi Rosa, Tenda McFly and wāni

An evening with poets, storytellers, and a grand piano. Poet and musician Meena Shamaly plays piano alongside some of Melbourne’s finest poets and spoken word artists, allowing their beautiful words and expressive performances to shine in new musical lights.

General Admission: $20

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Jul
15
7:30 PM19:30

Spoken Word at Bar Oussou

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Spoken Word at Bar Oussou is a popular fortnightly open mic event that has been running in Brunswick for several years. It is a warm and welcome venue for this event convened by Hamish Danks Brown aka Danksta Downunder. Emerging and established poets and performers as well as first-timers and newcomers will find an appreciative and supportive audience here for their 5-minute time on stage. All languages are welcome, even if there are made up there and then. All forms and styles of poetry and spoken word are performed. There is no censorship, and trigger warnings are optional at the discretion of each performer, however this event is not a platform for any unkindness to others. As per the unusual, nobody knows what will happen on the night yet it will definitely happen in very surprising ways and means.

Open mic: just stick your hand up! Host picks poets on the spot.

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Jul
15
8:00 PM20:00

Aspiring to Birdsong

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Featuring, Unamunos Quorum, Anna Fern, Jeltje Fanoy, Eddy Burger, Sjaak de Jong, Peter Murphy.

Exploring experimental and soundpoetry as a current practice, with a glance back at the past, and its origins. Revisiting women poets in the Beat Era, recapturing a more essential form of language, before communication became stereotyped into words, when the voice was richer in vibrations, more mightily physical, reconstituting works by Hugo Ball (no recordings exist of the sound poems performed here by a wonderful array of different poets), and many other surprising events.

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Jul
16
6:30 PM18:30

Dramatis Personae II

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Featuring Tim Evans, Ela Fornalska, Hamish Danks Brown, Waffle Irongirl, Brendan Bonsack, Marian Webb, Gerard Lewis-Fitzgerald, Amanda Anastasi, Steve Smart, Michael Reynolds, and Marty MonStar

Dramatis Personae II encapsulates eleven amazing poets who will capture an 'In Character Performance' by bringing to the Stage, the Voice, Dress and Style of their chosen Poet. Each Performer will absorb and transform for a night of Cracking Spoken Word. The night will compose of three sets. Each performer will deliver individual performances. Please join us on a Journey of Reincarnation and Reinvention

General Admission: $20

Concession: $15

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Jul
16
7:30 PM19:30

Talkbox

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TALKBOX is a spoken-word night for the weird and the radical.

On every Tuesday in July, we’ll be showcasing the strangest spoken performances on the Southside. It's a space for emerging performers to turn the conventional slam night on its head through poetry, essays, manifestos, and spoken performance art.

General Admission: $10

Concession: $5

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Jul
16
8:00 PM20:00

To The Ends Of The 'Verse

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Always a warm & welcoming event, To the Ends of the ‘Verse brings you open mic poetry, sweet improv jams, and fresh freestyles from the cosy one-of-a-kind venue Open Studio in the heart of Northcote.

Every month, on the third Tuesday of the month, come down & sign up to perform, or sit & listen, enjoy a crepe, have a boogie with O’Stranger-Tang and find yourself amongst a community of spirited, thoughtful, playful and open-hearted folks.

General Admission: $7

Concession: $5

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Jul
17
6:30 PM18:30

Melbourne Spoken Word presents Fresh Voices

  • Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library (map)
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Featuring Thabani Tshuma, Cas Lee, Poetpre and Indrani Perera

Melbourne Spoken Word celebrates the new poets, the first timers on the mic and those emerging in our spoken word scene with four emerging poets featuring plus an open mic where the spots are reserved just for newbies to the art form. Supported by Yarra Libraries.

Open mic sign up: on the door. Please note the open mic is restricted those new or fresh to the spoken word scene in Melbourne for those that have been performing on open mics around Melbourne for less than 6 months to a year.

Free but bookings essential

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Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Trans Poetry Slam • Heats

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Calling all trans and gender diverse spoken word artists!

In a world that never seems to have enough space for us, where we must always moderate ourselves, so that others can tolerate us, we are claiming a place that has always been a home for us.

Wednesday 17 July (heats) and Thursday 18 July (finals) will be the first ever Trans Poetry Slam. For rules, refer to the Australian Poetry Slam website (strict 2 minute time limit). Heats will feature (up to) 20 poets, with the top 8 scoring poets returning the following night to determine the champion!

First Prize: $250
Second Prize: $150
Plus door prizes available for our gorgeous audience members thanks to community donations.

Pre-book your tickets to the heats and finals now to avoid missing out on seeing Melbourne’s best TGD spoken word artists!

Supported by Transgender Victoria. Image by Dexa101.

Warning for strong language and potentially triggering material. Parental supervision necessary for any under-18 attendees or competitors.

Heats sign-up: At the door (arrive 6:45PM)

General Admission: $10

Concession: $5

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Jul
17
7:30 PM19:30

Sloth Arts • Poetry Narratives

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Featuring Steve Smart as 'The Wild Optimist'

Sloth Arts presents a special night of poetic narratives, open to all styles and voices. Steve Smart is unearthing his one man poetry show 'Wild Optimist: the rises and falls of a performance poet', originally performed at Brisbane Festival Under The Radar in 2009. From wide eyed neophyte to embittered (and drunk, oh so drunk) emerged artist, to... (wait, no spoilers) ... it's a dark but recognisable journey with moments of humour and absurdity. Wild Optimist is also the birthplace of the poem 'The Turning' which opens with the immortal line 'Poets are the scavengers of human emotions'. How much of the show is character study and how much is autobiography is open to speculation and misinterpretation. So bring your poem stories and join us for a twisted evening upstairs at the fabulous Sloth Bar. Open mic sign up from 7.30, show starts at 8pm. MC Loran Steinberg.

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Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

Afro Hub Poetry Slam featuring Ruth Nyaruot Ruach

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Afro Hub invites you to a special poetry slam with shai and black women excellence.

The feature poet for the evening will Ruth Nyaruot Ruach, a South-Sudanese multidisciplinary artist, who uses art to heal, explore her surroundings and create comfort within her blackness.

Ruth's art explores the experiences of being an African of the diaspora although she is strongly influenced by, decolonising language, tone and the cultivation of shared perspectives in place of assimilation.

The MC for the evening is Atong Atem, a South Sudanese writer and visual artist whose reflective writing questions the idea of home, isolation and personal fantasy. Her work has been published in The Lifted Brow, Suburban Review and the Pin.

Accessibility: As the venue is non accessible we will stream the night in its entirety.

Open mic sign-up: Registration will be available at the start of the evening, with priority being given to Bla(c)k poets.

General Admission: $15

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Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Trans Poetry Slam • Finals

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Calling all trans and gender diverse spoken word artists!

In a world that never seems to have enough space for us, where we must always moderate ourselves, so that others can tolerate us, we are claiming a place that has always been a home for us.

Wednesday 17 July (heats) and Thursday 18 July (finals) will be the first ever Trans Poetry Slam. For rules, refer to the Australian Poetry Slam website (strict 2 minute time limit). Heats will feature (up to) 20 poets, with the top 8 scoring poets returning the following night to determine the champion!

First Prize: $250
Second Prize: $150
Plus door prizes available for our gorgeous audience members thanks to community donations.

Pre-book your tickets to the heats and finals now to avoid missing out on seeing Melbourne’s best TGD spoken word artists!

Supported by Transgender Victoria. Image by Dexa101.

*Warning for strong language and potentially triggering material. Parental supervision necessary for any under-18 attendees or competitors.*

SIGN-UP FOR HEATS WEDNESDAY: At the door (arrive 6:45PM)

General Admission: $10

Concession: $5

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Jul
18
7:30 PM19:30

Littlefoot & Co Spoken Word

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Join Littlefoot & Company at Bunjil Place Studio for an evening of spoken word, performances and good vibes, showcasing Spoken Word in the South East suburbs of Melbourne. This is a safe and inclusive space for all types of spoken word. First time performers are all always encouraged. Everyone welcome.

Open mic sign-up: Sign up on the door.

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Jul
19
7:30 PM19:30

Mother Tongue Presents Women of Fire

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Melbourne's acclaimed Mother Tongue brings you "Women of Fire", a VERY special event for the Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival 2019. We are thrilled to present an evening of powerful, hot, and transformational voices including Amy Bodossian, Poetpre, Stephanie Dogfoot, Dianne Moret, and Fleassy Malay.

Including special collaborations and guest appearances to be announced, this will be one extraordinary event you won’t want to miss.

Always an an intimate, warm and inspiring night of Woman's Spoken Word, including poetry, stories, performances & more, Mother Tongue's "Women of Fire" will showcase a selection of invited Feature Artists who exemplify the Fire & Passion of WOMAN, and who embody the rise of Women’s Voices.

Always Passionate, Powerful, Vulnerable & Honest, join us for an evening of exra-special-juicy-ness…. a space to sit back and listen & receive, a place to witness Woman in all of her incredible facets, a place to connect & be part of sharing in the story of Woman.

All genders are welcome in the audience! Homemade Chai & delicious nibbles available for purchase, brought by the amazing Nourished by Courtney.

Please note: There is NO Open Mic at this event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

General Admission: $20

Concession: $18

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Jul
20
10:30 AM10:30

Poetry at the Farm Gate

  • Joe's Market Garden • CERES Coburg (map)
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Joe's Market Garden at CERES in Coburg invites lovers of nature, poetry and spoken word to come along to a morning open mic. This open mic event welcomes new and emerging poets, established and published poets, read your own words or other poets work.

Curious and supportive audience members most welcome. Joe's Market Garden is a dynamic community space, the poetry gig has a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Be prepared to go with the flow, be outdoors in the veggie patch, relax and exhale. Joe's cafe has great tasting coffee and fresh pastries for purchase - a perfect poets breakfast.

This open mic is outdoors and we are in Melbourne, remember to take care of your fragile human vessel - we suggest you bring a hat and sunnies, or a umbrella, gumboots, sandals, ...etc. (we have a market shelter)

Joe's Market Garden is located in Coburg, 2kms north of CERES along the Merri Creek bike path, this two acre plot has been farmed continuously by Chinese and Italian gardeners for over 150 years – Joe’s Market Garden is Melbourne’s last surviving inner city market garden.'

Open mic sign up: 5 minute spots sign up on the morning

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Jul
20
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: New Ways of Seeing with Stephanie Dogfoot

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Spoken word has an undeniable radical history. Today, however, spoken word performers often get accused of preaching to the choir and performing political consciousness for points. How can spoken word keep helping us to confront power within ourselves and our communities? How do we use it to create new ways of seeing and talking about the world? How do you unite people and make a point without sounding like everyone else?

In this workshop, writers will explore writing and performance techniques drawn from a range of art forms such as stand up comedy, improv and storytelling to experiment with the many possibilities of spoken word. We will also draw on examples of spoken word from around Southeast Asia to learn from the many ways the art form has evolved in various communities in the face of different struggles around the world.

General Admission: $40

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party, and two workshops)

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Jul
20
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Mastering the Microphone with Meena Shamaly

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Does the physical microphone scare you? Do you freak out at having to adjust a mic stand? Do you wonder if you're too close or too far away from the microphone or people can hear you clearly? Poet and sound guru Meena Shamaly guides you through the confusing world of mastering the microphone, the stage, and how you sound to your audience.

General Admission: $30

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party, and two workshops)

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Jul
20
6:45 PM18:45

GriffinSlam 2019

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Featuring Melizarani T.Selva (Malaysia)

GriffinSlam 2019 is here, with the power, finesse and quirkiness that GriffinSpeak delivers sprinkled with an edge of competition in a supportive and welcoming environment, this year we have an incredible international feature, 12 slammers and the chance to win a plethora of great prizes.

Slam registration: 6pm • names are drawn at 6:30 • slam starts at 6: 45pm • 3 minute limit with a 10 second grace period, every 30 seconds above this period incurs a 1 point deduction • no props, no music • poems must be the poets original work

General Admission: $15

Concession: $12

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Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry @ The Night Heron

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The Night Heron Poetry Reading or A VERY EXCITING POETRY READING

Featuring Amy Bodossian, Maurice McNamara, Sean O’Callaghan and Yvette Stubbs

Has one extra-bizarre twist on other poetry events. The audience, open mic and feature poets improvise poetry lines to music at the end of the night, and it's open for all to join in any order they like and say something on the theme of the night, to music constructed by George O’Hara.

This time it's going all out. More Themes, More Music, More Special Guests and More Prizes!

With past themes themes from vulnerability or anxiety to Summer Loving and the Macabre, it's now open to suggestions on the Night Heron Poetry Reading Facebook page.

Suggest a theme to the four amazing features or see what they come up with. All fantastic poets with amazing skills.

Free entry but donations are hoped for (suggested amount of $2-$5 to help with out of pocket expenses for the night).

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Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop: Luka Lesson - The Transformative Moment

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Luka Lesson has spent the last 13 years facilitating workshops for poets of all levels of experience in many countries across the planet. This particular process will focus on a pivotal moment in the participants’ life as the central point of a new poem - as well as performance techniques and individual feedback. Luka brings this workshop from his annual Rhodes Poetry Retreat program to the Melbourne Spoken Word Festival, and it is his only public workshop in Melbourne for 2019.

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General Admission: $60 (includes free Luka Lesson notebook)

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Jul
21
12:00 PM12:00

The Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival Book Fair

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Come and see what books, albums, and publications spoken word artists and poets have for sale in a special festival book fair, with an open mic just for those selling their ways. Poets or organisations can book tables to sell to festival goers. Participants will also get a chance to perform on an open mic throughout the day.

Open mic: sign up on the day (table holders only)

Book A Table: $10

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Jul
21
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: A Practical Guide to Chapbooks (for Spoken Word Artists)

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Do you want a chapbook of your very own, but don’t know what to do next? Or maybe you’ve had an idea for yonks, but never quite got it off the ground. This workshop aims to give you the tools and impetus to produce your own chapbook. Together, we explore setting intentions, defining success, the drafting and editorial process, the layout and printing process, marketing and distribution, and how to do it all in a way that sustains your creative energy.

General Admission: $30

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party, and two workshops)

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Jul
21
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Empowering sensual desires in poetic voice with Fleassy Malay

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Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to present a special MSWPF workshop with poet Fleassy Malay on erotic poetry.

Even in 2019 Sexuality and Desire are two topics which hold a deep social taboo. We have been shamed into silence, into quietening our voices, muffling them into late night whispers in the dark. What if you could not only write your eroticisms, desires, longings, tenderness, sensualities and seductions…but speak them with as much heart as you felt when you wrote them?

In this class, we will explore erotic writing, delving into the power that comes from speaking our truths with courage and authenticity. You will get the chance to write and speak your own erotic poetry, reframing what "eroticism" is and how to approach it linguistically.

This course is designed to be a supportive space for people of all performance/writing experiences, gender identities and sexualities. No one will be forced to share what they write and the topic will be approached with playfulness and care.

General Admission: $30

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party, and two workshops)

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Jul
21
4:00 PM16:00

The P Word Sessions

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Featuring Tariro Mavondo and Paul Mitchell

The P Word Sessions at The Motley Bauhaus, with MC Extraordinaires Anthony WP O’Sullivan and Santo Cazzati, is a high-quality monthly poetry and spoken word reading. The event features two cutting edge, stylistically diverse poets. Sign up to our open mic on the day (limited spots, so arrive early!) and present your work in a warm and welcoming poetry performance space to an attentive, responsive audience. New readers welcome.

Open mic sign up: see the MCs on arrival

General Admission: $5

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Jul
21
5:00 PM17:00

Launch: Dominique Hecq’s After Cage • Poetry & Dance

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Join us for the launch of the latest poetry collection from award-winning Melbourne poet, Dominique Hecq - After Cage (Girls on Key Press).

In this free event, enjoy collaborations with dance, music and poetry as the art forms collide. A unique pairing with dance choreographed by director, Hellen Sky. In one of her most experimental works to date, Dominique Hecq paints her words through time and space, swooping in and around a meditation on grief, death and rebirth and the age of uncertainty like a bird in flight.

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Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

Luka Lesson • Welcome To Paradox

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Luka Lesson brings his unique style of Slam Poetry meets conscious acoustic rap to Melbourne for the release of ‘Welcome to Paradox’. Accompanied by Meena Shamaly on various instruments and programmed beats, as well as other special guests, this is a night of lyricism, politics, love, passion and vulnerability.

General Admission: $20

Concession: $16

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Jul
22
6:00 PM18:00

Common Ground Documentary Premiere

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Participation in arts activity provides people from all walks of life with the opportunity for skills development, increased physical activity, new friends and expanded social circles. Spoken word poetry gives us the opportunity to express, connect, listen and understand each other. It helps us to explore and interpret our own stories and share discoveries and learn from other people's perspective.

Common Ground was established by Multicultural Arts Victoria 5 years ago and is a unique, multilingual, multi-faith project that uses various forms of writing, primarily spoken word, to build connection and understanding between young people of diverse faiths and cultures.

The program comprising of facilitated workshops originated with the Sikh and Muslim communities within Melbourne and expanded to include diverse communities across Melbourne, country Victoria and Perth.

The documentary touches on faith, identity and overcoming adversity through creative expression. It explores the journey of emerging poets Shimaa, Lexi and Patti leading up to their final performance at the Malthouse Theatre, in Melbourne in December 2017.

The documentary also features performances and reflections by past participants who’ve established them selves amongst the emerging Melbourne spoken word scene.

The transformative and unifying essence of the spoken word is explored through Facilitators Nour Abouzeid, Manal Younus and Eugenia Flynn, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa; and Youth leader Julie Babiano empowers participants through creative writing and performance workshops.

The Common Ground documentary was produced by Flying Aya Media and Multicultural Arts Victoria.

General Admission: $15

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Jul
22
7:30 PM19:30

Posty Poetry

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Posty Poetry (Danks Divergent Dialect) is a fortnightly open mic spoken word event in the inclusive and intimate Inkerman Room at The Post Hotel in St Kilda. Launched in November 2018 this is a rare regular spoken word event happening South of the Yarra. It is hosted by Hamish Danks Brown aka Danksta Downunder and all are welcome in any language. This is a comfortable, friendly venue for the audience and performers alike, with a delicious and reasonably priced fusion menu. The Post is easily reached from the CBD by catching either the 3 or 67 tram and getting off at Stop 35.

Open mic sign up: MC chooses performers on the spot by a raise of hands

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Jul
23
3:00 PM15:00

MSWPF History Walk

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Let's have a walk and talk! As we stroll the storied streets, we'll learn a little about the history of poetry that happened around Carlton and Fitzroy. Meeting at the La Mama Courthouse, we'll visit old streets and pubs like the Dan and the Perseverance Hotel, which saw some of Melbourne's original readings, with visits from some of the poets who were there on the spot to see it all happen! At the end, everyone is invited to join us at the Brothers Public House (Johnson Street) for the Passionate Tongues Reading (hosted by Michael Reynolds). Bring weather appropriate clothing and be ready for good times!

General Admission: $20

Concession: $10

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Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

Painting in Tongues

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Featuring Henry Briffa

Join us for a night of colourful language at Hawthorn's House of Letters (aka Hawthorn Library). This space will be christened by an established poet before being opened up to the floor. You'll have 3 minutes to fill the stage-the blank canvas - with whatever you feel like. No theme, no safety net just you and your words.

Open mic sign-up: registration from 6.45pm

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Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

Poetryspective

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Poetryspective is an exciting fortnightly poetry/spoken word event in Footscray organised and hosted by poet and musician Elizabeth 'Lish' Škec to celebrate and embrace world poetry.

Two features one reading their own poems, the other giving a retrospective of a poet who inspires them. In the spirit of the retrospective, readers in the open section are encouraged to read a poem by someone else as well as their own.

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Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

Inside Voices: Open Mic Poetry

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This is an inclusive open mic poetry night. We embrace all forms of poetry and identity. We love brave storytelling. We are a cosy, intimate and safe event. Newcomers welcomed with open arms. Hosted by local queer poet and performer, Poppy Sloan.

Open mic sign-up: on the door

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Jul
23
7:30 PM19:30

Passionate Tongues Poetry

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Featuring Bill Moran (USA), Melizarani T. Selva (Malaysia), Morgaine van Wingerden, Katie Lohner

Passionate Tongues Poetry is in it’s 21st year and is pleased to present an exciting selection of spoken word for their special festival edition. Hosted by poet and photographer, Michael Reynolds, it is one of the warmest and most welcoming spaces for poetry and spoken in the city. and especially popular amongst first-time performers.

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Jul
23
7:30 PM19:30

Talkbox

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TALKBOX is a spoken-word night for the weird and the radical.

On every Tuesday in July, we’ll be showcasing the strangest spoken performances on the Southside. It's a space for emerging performers to turn the conventional slam night on its head through poetry, essays, manifestos, and spoken performance art.

General Admission: $10

Concession: $5

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Jul
24
6:00 PM18:00

Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry BIG READ

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This event celebrates issues 27 (the TENSE issue) and 28 (the POLITICS issue) of ‘Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry’--with poems guest-edited by Pascalle Burton & David Stavanger and Ella O'Keefe & Alan Wearne respectively. The ‘Big Rabbit Read’ will feature short readings by poets published in issues 27 & 28.

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Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

Poetic Mamas: Spoken Word Performance

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Poetic Mamas is an all ages, inclusive Spoken Word event celebrating the creativity, resilience and diversity of marginalised women. Featuring Dr Denise Chapman, Elizabeth ‘Lish’ Skec, Kat O, Maxime Banks, Astrid Mbani-carstens and Yvette Stubbs. Wheelchair and pram accessible. Children are welcome. Light snacks and refreshments provided.

Entry by Donation

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Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

National Poetry Slam Australia, hosted by Slamalamadingdong

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Featuring Team Slama and Mouthful of Melanin from Bankstown Poetry Slam plus teams TBC

Two of Australia's biggest and brightest poetry slams go head to head in a state of poetry origin between the Grand Slam winners of both slams in a test event for what should become a national slam tournament between teams from poetry slams around the country. Slamalamadingdong and Bankstown Poetry Slam pathing a path for this new tournament featuring group and individual pieces.

Early Bird Tickets: $15 (until July 12)

General Admission: $18

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Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

Poetry at Lentil

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Open Mic is one of the most exciting art forms in Melbourne right now. The raw emotion, the vulnerability, wisdom and insight that comes from ordinary people as they take to the microphone are both humbling and mind-blowing, confronting and comforting.

Whether this is your very first time or you are an experienced professional at Lentil as Anything we provide a warm, safe and supportive environment to get on a stage, hold a microphone and speak your truth, with delicious cruelty-free food available all night.

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Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

jana featuring wani and special guests

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Jana is presented by wāni as a homage to the incredible lineage of storytelling embedded deep within the Black/African diaspora. The work will break from traditional narrative forms, utilizing interconnected vignettes, emotive verse, and live projections. It looks to challenge popular stereotypes of Black masculinity, rejecting the confines of binaries and assumptions to resist an anti-black world by creating a third space. This is a journey that is simultaneously intellectual and emotional, intimate and curious, humorous and very intentional. Through an introspective look at the world as seen, felt, experienced and imagined by the Afronaut. Adapted from personal experiences to explore a transnational Black identity, drawing on the Afronaut's unique positioning in a third-culture generation.

Warning: Contains mild coarse language, adult themes (violence, self harm or suicide, sexual assault or abuse)

Accessibility: Auslan Interpreted.

General Admission: $20

Concession: $15

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Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Going Down Swinging Presents: Spoken Like a Champion

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Hands on buzzers!

What do you get when you combine a niche poetry community with a campy, old-school game show?

Ding ding ding! Time’s up.

It’s Spoken Like a Champion, a night of poetry as you’ve never seen (or heard) it before that will pit three poets against each other in a battle of verbal vigour.

Proudly presented by Going Down Swinging and Melbourne Spoken Word, this is an unmissable night of bizarre challenges, curious questions and hopefully some blood.

Fresh off the back of an award-winning season at Adelaide Fringe, performance poet Scotty Wings takes on the role of host in this wild poetry adventure. He will lead the contestants through a series of bizarre challenges to test the poets’ written and improvisational skills in the newly renovated surrounds of the Brunswick Mechanics Institute. Who knows what the results will be? But we do know you’ll want to join us for the ride.

Our brave panel will feature the talents of Anthony WP O’Sullivan (Melbourne performance poet stalwart), Nikki Viveca (Midsumma Festival 2019 Queer Poetry Slam winner) and international guest Stephanie Dogfoot (SGP). A guest performance by Arielle Cottingham will lather us with spoken word realness.

Who will win the first ever Golden Mini Microphone Stand™?* Be there to watch it unfold!

*Not real gold, for budget reasons.

General Admission: $20

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Jul
26
7:30 PM19:30

Girls on Key presents Girls to the Front Movie Night

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Featuring Daiane Moret (Sydney), Sara Crane (Port Macquarie) and Emma Burrows

Girls to the Front is a celebration of poetry and film. Hear three featured poets perform their work live with original footage, along with a jam-packed playlist of poetry films from makers from Australia and around the world. Run in association with Girls on Key, a poetry organisation creating opportunities for women and gender diverse poets and spoken word artists. This event marks the launch of the monthly poetry film night that will showcase the best poetry and spoken word related film out there!

General Admission: $15

Concession: $10

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Jul
27
1:00 PM13:00

Melbourne Spoken Word Workshop: Extended Metaphor with Slam Champ Mic Ting

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2018 Individual World Poetry Slam champion Mic Ting leads a two-part workshop on the use of extended metaphor in slam followed by a breakdown of performance tactics for increasing stage presence and mastering effective delivery. Workshop will cover how to build a compelling extended metaphor and deliver it in a way the audience will never see coming.

General Admission: $40

Golden Ticket: $100 (includes Opening Night, Closing Night Party, and two workshops)

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