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Poetry Events in Australia

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Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival

Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival. The first festival takes place 8-10 April 2011 and features many of Australia’s high-profile and award-winning authors.


Poetry is one of the themes of the festival and several poets will be in attendance. Among the events at this year’s festival are “Poets of Distinktion – Poetry Slam” on April 8th, “Paddle with a Poet”, a guided canoe safari with riverside poetry read by some of Australia’s best poets on April 9th and a stroll through the rainforest with a poet and a ranger at Dorrigo National Park on April 8th.


The official festival website at



Parakeet Cafe
Katoomba St.

Poetry readings 7.30 every 2nd Monday of the month. Admission free.


Poetry At The Pub
third and fifth Mondays of the month at the Northern Star Pub/Hotel, Beaumont Street, Hamilton (Newcastle).
Usually begins around 7.30pm. Door charge $2.00/$1.00. Open readings available.


Shoalhaven Poetry Festival
For information contact: Chris Mansell on 44641 432 or Riche du Plessis 4423 4774


- Tuesday nights 8.00pm poetry reading at The Friend in Hand, Cowper Street, Glebe.
Cost= $3.00

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
First Sunday of month
Enquiries to David Price 02 9825 0402

Live Poet's Society
4th Wednesday of month
Don Bank Museum, 6 Napier St, North Sydney. 7.30pm. $6.00 includes wine and cheese.
Enquiries to Sue Hicks 02 9908 4527.

The Loft Readings
Upstairs @ The Loft Venue, UTS City Campus, Broadway. Directions: Go through the pedestrian gate to the right of UTS Tower Building on Broadway, and follow the signs.

Poet's Union
4th Sunday of month
Brett Whiteley Gallery, 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills.
Enquiries to Brooke Emery 02 9664 1362.

Word of Mouth
Every Tuesday
Friend in Hand Hotel, Cowper Street, Glebe. 8.52 start.
Enquiries to Tug on 02 9517 9829.

The Sydney Club
9 Rowe Street Sydney

Token Word
Every third Weds of the Month
7;30 pm till late
Set guests and one of the most welcoming open mics
The Knot Gallery/ The Frequency Lab
107/342 Elizabeth St Surry Hills
Sydney Australia
+ 61 02 9281 8006




Wild Words

Date:  The last Thursday of every month

Info:  WILD WORDS is Darwin's newest open spoken word open mike night! It is an opportunity to share your latest poetry, prose, scripts, noises and mimes with a thoughtful and nurturing audience of fellow word lovers. Anything is encouraged, everything is allowed. Plenty of local and original flavour is on show.
Bring your passion and bring your friends. Bring a wagon full of promises and the tilted face of a lazy giant.

Cost:  Entry is $5 which goes towards making WILD WORDS bigger and better each month. Be there at 7pm and talk to the MC if you want to perform.

Location: Happy Yess,12 Smith Street, Darwin City, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia






Queensland Poetry Festival
details at the Judith Wright Centre. Website


Poetry and Pasta
no longer meeting


Performance poets and musos and competition events

are now held at Tichum Creek coffee - just west of Kuranda.

Last Sunday in the month - 2.30 pm


Looney Poets
Honey House, Kuranda
Full moon event each month. Music, Dramatic arts, and spoken word.
Contact: Kuranda Arts Forum.



Friendly Street Poets
First Tuesday of each month
Box Factory, Regent St South
Each reading features guest poets and an open reading section. Bring along some poems to read - no bookings necessary. There is a $4.00 door charge.



Hobart Bookshop


Republic Readings
Sundays 3.00-5.00pm
Republic Bar & Cafe, 299 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart.
Writers' Chat from 3-3.30 pm, followed by featured reader(s) and open mike sessions.
Coordinator Liz Winfield e-mail: phone: (03) 62 729324



The Skeleton Club
1st Wednesday of every month at the National Hotel 191 Moorabool Street, Geelong.
Features poetry, music & open mike. Contact: Jess Dunn


Poetry and Wine tastings by vignerons of Kyneton District
Gonnella's Restaurant, 72 Piper Street, Kyneton.
Starts 2.00pm. $10 door entry includes coffee and cake. Guests are invited to read one piece of their own after the performance.
Details / bookings: call 03 5422 2022


Melbourne poetry events can also be found at

616 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne.
open mike for poets, performance artists, comedians, prophets, belly dancers etc., every Monday at 8.30pm.

Dan O'Connell Readings
The Dan O'Connell Hotel, 225 Canning Street Carlton.
Free entry, Saturdays 2.00-5.00pm
Features guest reader and open mike.

Lentil Bash

Lentil As Anything Cafe 41 Blessington Street St Kilda

3rd Thursday monthly 8.30pm

Melbourne Poets Union

last Friday monthly, 7.30pm

Vic. Writers Centre 37 Swanston Street Melbourne 1st floor Nicholson Building $7/$5

Outspoken Words
Open readings at Tonik, 524 Macauley Rd, Kensington. Free entry, relaxed atmosphere with cosy open fire.
For information contact Janelle Holden on 0422 501 454, email

Passionate Tongues
Brunswick Hotel, 140 Sydney Road, Brunswick

 1st and 3rd Mondays 8.30pm 

organiser Michael Reynolds 9387 8562

Poetry Monthly
Readings, 710 Glenferrie Rd., Hawthorn
Information: Christopher Grierson

The Spinning Room South Reading
E.T's Bar, 211 High Street Prahran,

8.30pm Tuesdays

Lord Byron's Day Off

The Old Bar (74 Johnston St, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia)
9pm - 1am, Sunday 1st August, 5th September, 3rd October

Cost: $6/$10 plus spoken word cd single.

duel a la petite mort, bukakke kujibiki, verbose writers strut their stuff not upon avon, literary loudmouths smack their gobs, cultural mayhem will ensue, bordy bards relieve their bawdness by doing themselves harmonies, enter our rafael draw, come drop in and tap on beer as you hear heresy hearsay here in the harem of textual expression.


Dancing Dog Cafe, 42 Albert St. Footscray

2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, 5pm


Western Australia State Literature Centre
The Resource Centre, based at Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle, is open at the following times:
Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm (however, staff are often called out of the office, so please make an appointment)
Contact the State Literature Centre at or telephone (08) 9432 9559 (direct line).
The WA State Literature Centre is supported jointly by the federal Government, through its arts funding body The Australia Council, and by the State of Western Australia through ArtsWA, to offer an advocacy service to WA writers, editors and publishers. It is part of Ozwrite, an Australia-wide network of federally-funded State Writers Centres.



Saturday's go to: 

The - Perth Poetry Club -

Every Saturday 2-4pm at the The Moon Cafe. Website:

For other Perth events see