Melbourne to host inaugural Spoken Word and Poetry Festival

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Melbourne to host inaugural Spoken Word and Poetry Festival


Word nerds, this one’s for you.

Melbourne will host the inaugural Spoken Word & Poetry Festival, running across 18 days and featuring 74 poets across 36 events. 

The festival includes nationally and internationally recognised poets, including Maxine Beneba Clarke performing on opening night, and US internationally touring poet Moody Black headlining the closing night.

The festival will also include performances from Victorian Poetry Slam Champion, Sharifa Tartoussi, Queensland Poetry Festival’s XYZ Prize for Innovation in spoken word winner, Quinn Eades, plus Green Room Award winner, wāni, Andy Jackson, Eleanor Jackson, Tariro Mavondo and India’s Rochelle D’silva.

Events will also be hosted by a range of organisations, including La Mama Theatre, Going Down Swinging, Rabbit Poetry Journal, Mother Tongue, Girls on Key, Science Gallery, as well as Slamalamadingdong hosting the 2018 Grand Slam to decide the National Poetry Slam team to travel to the US in August.

Four workshops will be held at Siteworks, in Brunswick, covering a range of topics from producing a performance poetry piece, to physical performance and auto-biographical poetry as well as international headline poet Moody Black hosting a workshop that he has presented in colleges in the US.

Events will be hosted around Melbourne, including at The Toff, Howler in Brunswick, The Melba Spiegeltent, Library at The Dock in Docklands, Afro Hub, LongPlay, Open Studio and Collected Works Bookshop. Siteworks in Brunswick will play host to the workshops, as well as some special events, including The Compliment Death Match.