Going Down Swinging brings you a night of readings and performances from Fury, Soreti Kadir and Andy Jackson, MC’d by past editor Geoff Lemon. The evening celebrates Going Down Swinging’s 39-year history of publishing digital, print and audio anthologies and producing special, sold-out live events.
Mother Tongue Presents: Women of Fire, a special event created for the festival, featuring intimate, warm and inspiring women’s spoken word, storytelling and performance from women that exemplify the fire and passion of woman. This passionate, powerful, vulnerable and honest event invites audiences of all genders to sit back and relax and witness woman in all of her incredible facets.
The Dan Poets is the longest running poetry gig in Melbourne, now in its 24th year. Hosted by Steve Smart, join them for a special open competition, one poem each for a $90 prize. To win the money you have to respond to the line: “I recognise this place, I’m still here.” The challenge is to bring your best poem on the day and to support the other poets. This is not Thunderdome. But there is the cash.
Be Mused and Community Conversations (Red Cross) is proud to present an evening of talented poetry and spoken word performances featuring some of Australia’s most notable wordsmiths. There is a door prize raffle at the event and two open mic sessions throughout the evening. Cash donations collected on the night all go to the Australian Red Cross.
This is a somatic inquiry exploring how to be a dynamic and mesmerising performer through investigating the relationship with words, body and one’s own essence in a safe and playful space facilitated by experienced award winning performer Tariro Mavondo.
Mornington’s Poets’ Corner encourages anyone who wants to share in a warm cafe with their monthly open mic, featuring ReVerse Butcher, a poet and multi-disciplinary artist who uses any medium necessary to engage and subvert reality until it is less dull and oppressive.
Blame Smarty is a gig based on encouraging the unexpected. Host Steve Smart has a long history of promoting work that is bent in unusual ways, from rule-breaking poetic maniacs to artists who simply have a view of the world that is uncommon. With open mic, featuring Roshelle Fong, who takes performance poetry to a place that is challenging, personal and intensely exciting.
Melbourne Poets Union hosts a special festival panel with poets from a range of backgrounds, working in different styles and aesthetics. Whilst no panel can be expected to represent an entire community, this one is a great starting point for a discussion on how poetry integrates into the live’s of its practitioners. Moderated by Steve Smart, the audience will be invited to ask questions of their own.
Poetryspective features one poet performing their original work and another, performing the work of a poet that inspires them. With an open mic that encourages you to read some of your own and something from someone else, this event features Alicia Sometimes giving a retrospective of some inspirational poets, and John McKelive performing his own work.
Behind every poet is probably another poet organising a gig. Join the MSW crew behind the festival for their chance in the spotlight.
Slamalamadingdong is Melbourne’s premiere poetry slam. After a season of monthly slams, twelve poets compete in the Grand Slam Final for the chance to be on the Slama National Poetry Slam team competing in Chicago in August. Featuring a special performance from 2017 Grand Slam Champ wāni (Tales of an Afronaut)
What started out as a writing competition among friends in 1816 gave birth to one of the most well-known horror stories to date. This year, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein turns 200. To celebrate, Science Gallery Melbourne is hosting an evening of Frankenstein-themed spoken word poetry. Established and budding poets will perform works exploring ideas such as gothic sci-fi, transhumanism, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and genetic engineering in the collision of arts and science.
The Dan Poets is the longest running poetry gig Melbourne has, now in its 24th year. Hosted by Anne Bowman with an open mic, Week 3 of the Dan Poets festival features poetry star and 2016 MSW Prize winner, Kylie Supski, who dazzles, provokes and brings the best out in people around her.
Do you love spoken word and poetry? Leave events feeling delighted but drained from need to mingle? Ever wonder if there’s a poetry event for the introverted? Well, this is it. Event will be held in complete silence. Bring only your scribbling materials, and your deep but conflicting need for both community and quiet. Arrive and leave as you wish as long as it is in silence. Prompts and quotes on paper scattered throughout the room. Smiles and nods are encouraged but optional.
In this workshop – for emerging and developing poets – we'll explore various kinds of poetry, discuss the techniques and ethics of (auto)biographical writing, think about how the poem on the page is like a body, and we'll start writing new poems.
Celebrate the end of the festival with international headline poet, Samantha Slupski from Kansas City, as well as a rich selection of Melbourne poets including Melbourne Spoken Word Prize winner, Alan Pentland, XYZ Prize winner Quinn Eades, and Victorian Poetry Slam champ, Sharifa Tartoussi, plus Tariro Mavondo, Steve Smart and Roshelle Fong.
Afro Hub hosts Abuk, an unapologetic South Sudanese woman that is privileged to settle, exist and create on Wurundjeri and Bunurong lands. Expressing herself through radical poetry, that explores identity, feminism, family, patriotism and just the overall experience of an angry black girl existing on foreign colonial lands.
This event celebrates the launch of the 24th issue of ‘Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry’--the LGBTQIA+ issue--with poems guest-edited by Michael Farrell. The ‘Big Rabbit Read’ will feature short readings by poets published in issue 24 as well as by poets published in previous issues of the journal.
Girls on Key presents the launch of Anna Forsyth’s poetry collection, Beatific Toast, published by General Chaos Publishing. Anna Forsyth is the founder of Girls on Key. Her poems and short stories have been published in Landfall, FourW, Poetry NZ and Headland, among other publications. She works as an event organiser and editor and currently lives in Newcastle in NSW. Girls on Key is a regular poetry night featuring women and non-gender conforming poets.
La Mama presented poetry for the first time in 1967 with Glen Tomesetti and Kris Hemmensley. Following these wonderful events, Mal Morgan began to organize La Mama Poetica nights which took place every five weeks. Now curated by Amanda Anastasi, La Mama Poetica is held quarterly and remains a night of some of the best spoken word and poetry that Melbourne has to offer, with a diverse selection of both emerging and established poets.
Spoken Word at Bar Oussou is a fortnightly open mic event where nobody knows what will happen. MC Hamish Danks Brown a.k.a. Danksta Downunder selects performers at random, 1 or 2 at a time, from bidding hands. Poetry, spoken word & spontaneous verbal improvisation from a wide variety of people who get to surprise themselves and everybody else.
Inspired by similar events in the US slam scene, Benjamin Solah hosts a special compliment death match, pitting poets one on one against each other. It is a battle of who can give the best compliments, poetically of course. Participants can either pre-prepare or freestyle their compliments in a winner takes all knockout battle of niceties.
In this workshop, John Englezos will be going through his poetic process of taking an initial idea and crafting it all the way from writing into a performance piece. For both the beginner and the experienced; for those who want to develop and hone their own process for bringing their voice to the world.
Poetry at The Night Heron celebrates its first birthday with a 20-spot open mic comp, no theme and $80 up for grabs. Featuring Sean O’Callaghan.
Collective Effort Press and ftloose Productions invite you to the launch of Jeltje Fanoy’s fifth collection of poetry, where the poems mirror a growing dispair at a dissapearing world. This “listening poet” is passionate about the importance of performing poetry live.
Join Melbourne Spoken Word for a special night of spoken word and poetry to commemorate the opening of the inaugural Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival. Featuring Maxine Beneba Clarke, wāni, Neil Morris, Rochelle D'silva, Sean M Whelan, Peter Bakowski and Sigrun Mikula. Hosted by Anthony O'Sullivan.