Poetry Month Gala

Poetry Month Gala, Wednesday 4 August | Discover new work from emerging and established poets including Tony Birch and Simon Ortiz, Evelyn Araluen and Anahera Gildea, Maxine Beneba Clarke, PiO, Walter Kadiki, Thuy On, Vidya Rajan, Grace Tame, and David Stavanger. Hosted by Izzy Roberts-Orr.


Thursday 26 August | Celebrating NZ National Poetry Day last week by presenting this New Zealand Aotearoa / Australian Showcase in partnership with Phantom National Poetry Day and Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. The lineup featured Prime Minister’s Award Winning poet Omar Sakr along with Ockham Award finalists including the winner, Tusiata Avia, (the first Pasifika woman to win the Ockham Award for Poetry) with her collection ‘The Savage Coloniser Book’.

7–8pm AEST, Thursday 12 August | Featuring readings by all the 2021 Red Room Poetry Fellowship shortlisted poets Tricia Dearborn, Benjamin Dodds, Anne Elvey, Toby Fitch, Jill Jones, Em König, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Sara M. Saleh, Brenda Saunders and the 2021 Fellow Ellen van Neerven.

Friday 13 August | NiB Awards Presents Guwayu – For All Times. A Red Room Poetry partnership with Waverley City Council.

Line Break

Line Break (episode five), Tuesday 31 August | Our fifth and final Line Break is tonight! We've got Book Brief with Dženana Vucic, 5 Minutes with Giramondo, new poetry from Eunice Andrada, Mark Anthony Cayanan, Toby Fitch and Danny Silva Soberano, another instalment of Vidya Rajan's 'What Is Poem' and a special film tribute to Candy Royalle by Sara Saleh. Come commune with your poetic peers and win book prizes.

Line Break (episode four), Thursday 24 August | Catch feature poets, publisher Q&As, fresh spoken word, book reviews, and musicians plus regular segments including 'What is Poem' with comedian Vidya Rajan and book giveaways. Get your poetry mainlined on the Red Room Poetry Facebook page (crosspost with our good friends at 107).

Line Break (episode three), Tuesday 17 August | Join your co-hosts Anne-Marie Te Whiu and David Stavanger for this weekly online poetry show across Poetry Month 2021. Catch previews of what’s on that week; feature poets, publishers, spoken word artists, and musicians; and regular segments

Line Break (episode two), Tuesday 10 August | Tune in to hear the freshest poetic news and releases in every corner of the country in week two of Poetry Month. We've got readings from Magabala poets Kirli Saunders and Elfie Shiosaki, chats with editor Grace Lucas-Pennington and so much more poetic goodness!

Line Break (episode one), Tuesday 3 August | Hosts Annie and David kick off week one of Poetry Month with readings by Cordite Publishing, poets Lucy Van, Em König and Ella O'Keefe, an interview with publisher Kent McCarter, music from Emily Lubitz, a book review, comedy and more.

Poetry Month launch 2021

Launching Poetry Month, Sunday 21 MarchPoetry Month launched on World Poetry Day with readings by poets, comedy and musical performances and of course, some exciting book giveaways! Catch all the excitement.