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Discover what's on this Poetry Month (1-31 August 2021). From Red Room Poetry initiatives and collaborations, to a range of community events and workshops across the country, there's something for everyone this August.

Want to see your event featured on the lineup? We warmly invite all Australian arts organisations and community groups to submit their August 2021 events for possible inclusion in the Calendar.

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    • Sympoiesis : Eco Poetry
    3
    • Line Break
    4
    • Poetry Month Gala
    • Emerging Older Voices Workshop
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      • Volta: August
      7
      • Heat 1 - WA Heats Australian Poetry Slam 2021
      • Happiness
      • Stepping into poetry
      8
      • Around the Planet with Emily Sun and Hassan Al-Nawwab
      9
      • Poetry in a Precarious World
      10
      • Line Break
      11
      • Where Poetry Meets Beatbox with Hope One
      12
      • Red Room Poetry Fellowship Showcase
      13
      • Poetry Trail - A Garden of Poems
      • Our Great Big Fat Poetry Extravaganza
      • Can Poetry Change the World
      • Gran Slam! Live at HOTA
      14
      • Ekphrastic Poetry: Writing Inspired by Art with Purnima Ghogar
      15
      • THE INVISIBLE ART OF MENDING with Felicity Plunkett
      • 2021 BR4R Seeking Asylum Poetry Competition
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        17
        • Line Break
        18
        • Thin Red Lines
        • Lorraine Horsley
        • Mid Mtns Poetry Night
        • Srsly?! Comedy and Poetry
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          20
          • 2021 Queensland Poetry Awards live-stream
          • South Australia Poetry Showcase
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            22
            • Not Quite Right For Us
            23
            • Ecopoetic Encounters
            24
            • Line Break
            25
            • ‘Everything is Everything’
            26
            • AUS-NZ Poetry Showcase
            • THE INVISIBLE ART OF MENDING with Felicity Plunkett
            • West Australia Poetry Showcase
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              28
              • Poems we love
              • h*perbole
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                30
                • Voicebox Fremantle
                31
                • Line Break
                • The Bunker Spoken Word Competition
                     
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                2
                Sympoiesis : Eco Poetry
                10:30 a.m.
                Eastside Radio 89.7FM
                3
                Line Break
                7 p.m.
                Red Room Poetry Facebook
                4
                Poetry Month Gala
                6:30 p.m.
                The Wheeler Centre
                4
                Emerging Older Voices Workshop
                7 p.m.
                Zoom
                6
                Volta: August
                6 p.m.
                Online
                7
                Heat 1 - WA Heats Australian Poetry Slam 2021
                4:30 a.m.
                Rosemount Hotel
                7
                Happiness
                10 a.m.
                Fabrik Lobethal Adelaide Hills SA
                7
                Stepping into poetry
                10 a.m.
                Corangamite Arts Centre Camperdown
                8
                Around the Planet with Emily Sun and Hassan Al-Nawwab
                4 p.m.
                Planet Books (State Theatre Building); Northbridge
                9
                Poetry in a Precarious World
                6 p.m.
                Atelier Crafers Adelaide Hills SA
                10
                Line Break
                7 p.m.
                Red Room Poetry Facebook
                11
                Where Poetry Meets Beatbox with Hope One
                7 p.m.
                Zoom
                12
                Red Room Poetry Fellowship Showcase
                7 p.m.
                Red Room Poetry Facebook & YouTube
                13
                Poetry Trail - A Garden of Poems
                7 a.m.
                Wollongong Botanic Garden
                13
                Our Great Big Fat Poetry Extravaganza
                1:30 p.m.
                Torquay
                13
                Can Poetry Change the World
                2 p.m.
                Emma & Ivy Cafe Lobethal Adelaide Hills SA
                13
                Gran Slam! Live at HOTA
                7 p.m.
                HOTA (Gold Coast)
                14
                Ekphrastic Poetry: Writing Inspired by Art with Purnima Ghogar
                4 p.m.
                Online via Zoom
                15
                THE INVISIBLE ART OF MENDING with Felicity Plunkett
                10:30 a.m.
                Online
                15
                2021 BR4R Seeking Asylum Poetry Competition
                Online
                17
                Line Break
                7 p.m.
                Red Room Poetry Facebook
                18
                Thin Red Lines
                6:30 p.m.
                Brunswick Artists Bar, Naarm (Melbourne)
                18
                Lorraine Horsley
                7 p.m.
                Bull Creek Library
                18
                Mid Mtns Poetry Night
                7 p.m.
                Online - https://zoom.us/j/95047266309
                18
                Srsly?! Comedy and Poetry
                7 p.m.
                Zoom
                20
                2021 Queensland Poetry Awards live-stream
                6 p.m.
                Online
                20
                South Australia Poetry Showcase
                6 p.m.
                Hetzel Lecture Theatre, The Institute Building, State Library of South Australia.
                22
                Not Quite Right For Us
                6 p.m.
                Online
                23
                Ecopoetic Encounters
                10 a.m.
                Fabrik Lobethal Adelaide Hills SA
                24
                Line Break
                7 p.m.
                Red Room Poetry Facebook
                25
                ‘Everything is Everything’
                7 p.m.
                Zoom
                26
                AUS-NZ Poetry Showcase
                6 p.m.
                Red Room Poetry Facebook & YouTube
                26
                THE INVISIBLE ART OF MENDING with Felicity Plunkett
                6:30 p.m.
                Online
                26
                West Australia Poetry Showcase
                7 p.m.
                Freo Social
                28
                Poems we love
                2 p.m.
                Online via Zoom
                28
                h*perbole
                6:45 p.m.
                online
                30
                Voicebox Fremantle
                6:45 p.m.
                The Navy Club, 64 High St, Fremantle WA 6160
                31
                Line Break
                7 p.m.
                Red Room Poetry Facebook
                31
                The Bunker Spoken Word Competition
                7 p.m.
                Sunshine Coast, Queensland
                Sympoiesis : Eco Poetry
                2 Aug 2021
                Eastside Radio 89.7FM
                Tune into this radio show on Eastside Radio 89.7fm focusing on eco-poetry and environmental art. 30-45min of each show is dedicated purely to eco-poetry with poets reading their works and talking to the process of writing. There will be three such shows in August 2021: Mondays 2, 16, 30 Aug (10:30-11:15am)
                Sympoiesis : Eco Poetry
                Line Break
                3 Aug 2021
                Red Room Poetry Facebook
                Line Break is Red Room Poetry's new online review show that will run weekly across Poetry Month featuring poetry in all its forms from feature poets, publishers, music acts, giveaways, what's on and regular segments. Hosted by Anne-Marie Te Whiu & David Stavanger. Tuesdays 7-8pm on 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August.
                Line Break
                Poetry Month Gala
                4 Aug 2021
                The Wheeler Centre
                (Live and live streamed) Presented in partnership with The Wheeler Centre we’re celebrating Poetry Month with a gala showcase of some of the finest Australian and international contemporary poets sharing newly commissioned works and the debut of a new poem by 2021 Poetry Ambassador, Grace Tame.
                Poetry Month Gala
                Emerging Older Voices Workshop
                4 Aug 2021
                Zoom
                Join prize-winning performance poet and educator Sarah Temporal in a space for late blooming poets to form new words. Presented in partnership with Everybody NOW!
                Emerging Older Voices Workshop
                Volta: August
                6 Aug 2021
                Online
                VOLTA is co-presented monthly by Queensland Poetry and Brisbane Square Library, bringing you electric poetry, spoken word, and the unexpected. Free, but BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. VOLTA: AUGUST 2021 features Rebecca Cheers, Nasim Khosravi and Stuart Barnes, and will be held in-person at Brisbane Square Library’s End Room.
                Volta: August
                Heat 1 - WA Heats Australian Poetry Slam 2021
                7 Aug 2021
                Rosemount Hotel
                WA Heat One - Australian Poetry Slam 2021. Rosemount Hotel, North Perth $10 Entry / $5 Concession Presented by Perth Slam. Door sales only. This is the first of THREE weekly West Australian heats of the 2021 Australian Poetry Slam. Anyone can enter!
                Heat 1 - WA Heats Australian Poetry Slam 2021
                Happiness
                7 Aug 2021
                Fabrik Lobethal Adelaide Hills SA
                Explore the experience of happiness as it appears in literature and how we experience it as individuals. Participants will use dynamic poetry exercises to create a community piece and multiple individual responses to the theme. Presented by Dave Chapple Part of the Winter Words Program
                Happiness
                Stepping into poetry
                7 Aug 2021
                Corangamite Arts Centre Camperdown
                A playful and light-hearted introduction to writing your own poetry - for beginners. Introducing short form poetry as a structured place to start. We’ll read and listen to some poems to inspire us and then start playing with words. Lots of time allowed to explore, discover and discuss.
                Stepping into poetry
                Around the Planet with Emily Sun and Hassan Al-Nawwab
                8 Aug 2021
                Planet Books (State Theatre Building); Northbridge
                This is the launch of Emily Sun's debut poetry collection Vociferate|詠 and Hassan Al-Nawwab's first English language collection Poems that Do Not Sleep. Join Emily, Hassan and their editors – Tracy Ryan and Georgia Richter – at this unique event hosted by Rashida Murphy. See https://tinyurl.com/eb4rx2nr for more info!
                Around the Planet with Emily Sun and Hassan Al-Nawwab
                Poetry in a Precarious World
                9 Aug 2021
                Atelier Crafers Adelaide Hills SA
                A workshop that explores how poetry can help make sense of what is happening to our planet and the landscape we call home. Create poems that respond to the precarious world we find ourselves in by interweaving attention to the natural world with ecological and political observation. Presented by Rachael Mead
                Poetry in a Precarious World
                Line Break
                10 Aug 2021
                Red Room Poetry Facebook
                Line Break is Red Room Poetry's new online review show that will run weekly across Poetry Month featuring poetry in all its forms from feature poets, publishers, music acts, giveaways, what's on and regular segments. Hosted by Anne-Marie Te Whiu & David Stavanger. Tuesdays 7-8pm on 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August.
                Line Break
                Where Poetry Meets Beatbox with Hope One
                11 Aug 2021
                Zoom
                Join beatboxer and multidisciplinary artist, Hope One, in exploring the intersections of The Beat and The Rhyme
                Where Poetry Meets Beatbox with Hope One
                Red Room Poetry Fellowship Showcase
                12 Aug 2021
                Red Room Poetry Facebook & YouTube
                Featuring readings by all the 2021 Red Room Fellowship shortlisted poets Tricia Dearborn, Benjamin Dodds, Anne Elvey, Toby Fitch, Jill Jones, Em König, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Sara M. Saleh, Benda Saunders and the 2021 Fellow Ellen van Neerven.
                Red Room Poetry Fellowship Showcase
                Poetry Trail - A Garden of Poems
                13 Aug 2021
                Wollongong Botanic Garden
                Connect to nature on a trail featuring poems inspired by plants and place called 'A Garden of Poems'. You can choose to do one trail or all of them, and start in any direction you like! Free and on daily throughout Poetry Month.
                Poetry Trail - A Garden of Poems
                Our Great Big Fat Poetry Extravaganza
                13 Aug 2021
                Torquay
                As part of U3A SurfCoast term three program this is a performance event with poetry games and prizes. Students will also launch a small collection of poetry written over 2020-21. The compere will be prize-winning poet Julie Mclean
                Our Great Big Fat Poetry Extravaganza
                Can Poetry Change the World
                13 Aug 2021
                Emma & Ivy Cafe Lobethal Adelaide Hills SA
                English poet W H Auden said "poetry changes nothing" but can the art and act of writing poetry have political or social impact ? Poetry salon with Rachael Mead. part of the Winter Words Program
                Can Poetry Change the World
                Gran Slam! Live at HOTA
                13 Aug 2021
                HOTA (Gold Coast)
                Hosted by award-winning comedian Jenny Wynter, Gran Slam Live stars a razor-sharp collective of poets between 65 and 99 years young battling it out. Special guests include, Matt Hsu, David Stavanger, and Tenzin Choegyal. Presented in partnership with Everybody NOW! and Red Room Poetry.
                Gran Slam! Live at HOTA
                Ekphrastic Poetry: Writing Inspired by Art with Purnima Ghogar
                14 Aug 2021
                Online via Zoom
                A workshop that explores how visual art can fire the imagination through the power of imagery and be a powerful stimulus for inspiring poetry. Create poems that are inspired by famous artworks, learn how to adopt different perspectives, and explore new ways of looking deeply whilst making personal connections.
                Ekphrastic Poetry: Writing Inspired by Art with Purnima Ghogar
                THE INVISIBLE ART OF MENDING with Felicity Plunkett
                15 Aug 2021
                Online
                This is a workshop designed for poets interested in working with other poets in an editorial capacity — including in relation to your own work. The workshop draws on Felicity’s decade as Poetry Editor at UQP, and her experience and research as a mentor and supervisor of postgraduate students over 15 years.
                THE INVISIBLE ART OF MENDING with Felicity Plunkett
                2021 BR4R Seeking Asylum Poetry Competition
                15 Aug 2021
                Online
                Annual poetry competition run by Ballina Region for Refugees (BR4R). Open to anyone living in Australia. Up to 3 entries per person Winners receive cash prizes and publication in the journal Social Alternatives. Theme- Seeking Asylum, it’s time for a home. Entry form and further details from BR4R.org.au.
                Line Break
                17 Aug 2021
                Red Room Poetry Facebook
                Line Break is Red Room Poetry's new online review show that will run weekly across Poetry Month featuring poetry in all its forms from feature poets, publishers, music acts, giveaways, what's on and regular segments. Hosted by Anne-Marie Te Whiu & David Stavanger. Tuesdays 7-8pm on 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August.
                Line Break
                Thin Red Lines
                18 Aug 2021
                Brunswick Artists Bar, Naarm (Melbourne)
                Thin Red Lines is a quarterly poetry event in Naarm (Melbourne), curated by Thabani Tshuma and Georgia Kartas. TRL creates space for poets and multidisciplinary artists to share their work, and challenge the parameters of performance. It is an opportunity for audiences to access and experience a curated poetry program.
                Thin Red Lines
                Lorraine Horsley
                18 Aug 2021
                Bull Creek Library
                Poetry After Dark Join us for this very special poetry event. Poets Emily Sun and Hassan Al Nawwab will read poems from their latest works and will join author Dr Rashida Murphy in-conversation. Doors open at 7.00pm for wine and nibbles. Presentation starts at 7.30pm. Bookings essential.
                Lorraine Horsley
                Mid Mtns Poetry Night
                18 Aug 2021
                Online - https://zoom.us/j/95047266309
                A free online, open-mic style evening of spoken-word poetry from some of the best established and up-and-coming Blue Mountains poets.
                Mid Mtns Poetry Night
                Srsly?! Comedy and Poetry
                18 Aug 2021
                Zoom
                Join comedian and multidisciplinary artist, Vidya Rajan, in exploring the intersections of comedy and poetry.
                Srsly?! Comedy and Poetry
                2021 Queensland Poetry Awards live-stream
                20 Aug 2021
                Online
                The screening of the 2021 Queensland Poetry Awards will be live-streamed on the Queensland Poetry Facebook page on Friday 20 August 2021 at 6pm AEST. Check out this year’s 2021 Queensland Poetry Awards Shortlist at: https://www.qldpoetry.org/news/2021-qp-awards-shortlist
                2021 Queensland Poetry Awards live-stream
                South Australia Poetry Showcase
                20 Aug 2021
                Hetzel Lecture Theatre, The Institute Building, State Library of South Australia.
                Presented in partnership with Writers SA at the Institute Building, State Library of South Australia. Featuring Natalie Harkin, Peter Goldsworthy, Louise Nicholas, Em König, Alison Flett, Bior Aguer Kuir, Stevie Zhao, Caroline Reid, Dominic Guerrera, and host Manal Younus.
                South Australia Poetry Showcase
                Not Quite Right For Us
                22 Aug 2021
                Online
                QUEENSLAND POETRY x SPEAKING VOLUMES LIVE LITERATURE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: ‘Not Quite Right for Us’ – a new poetry film featuring dynamic poets from around the world, reading their work from the newly released anthology, 'Not Quite Right for Us': Forty Authors Speak Volumes.
                Not Quite Right For Us
                Ecopoetic Encounters
                23 Aug 2021
                Fabrik Lobethal Adelaide Hills SA
                Experiment with ecopoetry; poems with a strong emphasis on the ecological or the connections between people and the world around them. Presented by Amelia Walker
                Ecopoetic Encounters
                Line Break
                24 Aug 2021
                Red Room Poetry Facebook
                Line Break is Red Room Poetry's new online review show that will run weekly across Poetry Month featuring poetry in all its forms from feature poets, publishers, music acts, giveaways, what's on and regular segments. Hosted by Anne-Marie Te Whiu & David Stavanger. Tuesdays 7-8pm on 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August.
                Line Break
                ‘Everything is Everything’
                25 Aug 2021
                Zoom
                Join award-winning author and poet Tony Birch for this workshop exploring poetry, simplicity, spaces to breathe and layers of infinity
                ‘Everything is Everything’
                AUS-NZ Poetry Showcase
                26 Aug 2021
                Red Room Poetry Facebook & YouTube
                Via RR FB page (cross-streamed with Phantom Billstickers) Featuring readings by some of Australia's and Aotearoa's leading contemporary poets. Presented in partnership with Phantom National Poetry Day and Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
                AUS-NZ Poetry Showcase
                THE INVISIBLE ART OF MENDING with Felicity Plunkett
                26 Aug 2021
                Online
                This is a workshop designed for poets interested in working with other poets in an editorial capacity — including in relation to your own work. The workshop draws on Felicity’s decade as Poetry Editor at UQP, and her experience and research as a mentor and supervisor of postgraduate students over 15 years.
                THE INVISIBLE ART OF MENDING with Felicity Plunkett
                West Australia Poetry Showcase
                26 Aug 2021
                Freo Social
                Presented in partnership with The City of Fremantle Library at Freo Social, this showcase features Fremantle Press poets Hassan Al Nawwab, Emily Sun, & Caitlin Maling alongside some of WA's finest spoken word artists Maddie Godfrey, Daniel Hansen, Daley Rangi, Fable Goldsmith, Biddle, & Hosted by Scott-Patrick Mitchell
                Poems we love
                28 Aug 2021
                Online via Zoom
                Let's share some joy by celebrating the poems we love. Bring at least one of your favourite poems to read to the group at this free Zoom event. Original compositions are most welcome. The number of attendees is limited, so registration is essential. Please book early to ensure your place.
                Poems we love
                h*perbole
                28 Aug 2021
                online
                mixed-messaging, hype and hope. join us for an evening of First Nations, Gender Diverse and Women of Colour storytellers and poets.
                h*perbole
                Voicebox Fremantle
                30 Aug 2021
                The Navy Club, 64 High St, Fremantle WA 6160
                Please join us for a scintillating evening of poetry with Miriam Wei Wei Lo and Yvonne Patterson as special guests. Register at the desk for open mic and browse the local poetry books for sale on the book table. Food and Drink available at the bar.
                Voicebox Fremantle
                Line Break
                31 Aug 2021
                Red Room Poetry Facebook
                Line Break is Red Room Poetry's new online review show that will run weekly across Poetry Month featuring poetry in all its forms from feature poets, publishers, music acts, giveaways, what's on and regular segments. Hosted by Anne-Marie Te Whiu & David Stavanger. Tuesdays 7-8pm on 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August.
                Line Break
                The Bunker Spoken Word Competition
                31 Aug 2021
                Sunshine Coast, Queensland
                The Bunker Spoken Word Series returns in 2021 bigger than ever, with a new hybrid competition with live and digital heats competing for a Top 10 place in the Grand Final for a $1000 first prize. Live heat - 31st August 7pm. Digital heat (via zoom) - 1 September. Grand Final (live and digital) - 3 September 7pm.
                The Bunker Spoken Word Competition