Showcases online, live and in between
As part of Poetry Month, we are presenting a raft of showcase events both online and live across the country, including the inaugural Poetry Month Gala in partnership with The Wheeler Centre. Most events are free to attend and highlight the amazing range of poets and spoken word artists we have in this country.
Poetry Month Gala
6.30-7.30pm AEST, Wednesday 4 August
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, including the creative fruits of Fair Trade and the debut of a new poem by 2021 Poetry Ambassador, Grace Tame. Hosted by Anne-Marie Te Whiu.
Bookings (This is a live and live-streamed event)
Fair Trade Showcase
7–8pm AEST, Monday 9 August
Featuring readings by the 2021 Fair Trade commissioned poet pairs Ali Cobby Eckermann & Joy Harjo (USA), Tony Birch & Simon Ortiz (USA), Natalie Harkin & Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Canada), Evelyn Araluen & Anahera Gildea (NZ), Ellen van Neerven & Layli Long Soldier (USA), and Samuel Wagan Watson & Sigbjørn Skåden (Norway).
Tune in via Facebook and YouTube
Red Room Poetry Fellowship Showcase
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.
Tune in live: Facebook | YouTube
AUS x NZ Poetry Showcase
6–7pm AEST, Thursday 26 August
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.
Tune in live: Facebook | YouTube
Live State Showcases
Gran Slam! Live at HOTA
7–8.30pm AEST, Friday 13 August
Hosted by award-winning comedian Jenny Wynter, Gran Slam Live stars a razor-sharp collective of poets between 65 and 99 years young, who will battle it out to take home a publishing prize with Red Room Poetry. Special guests include, Matt Hsu, David Stavanger, and Tenzin Choegyal.
Presented in partnership with Everybody NOW!
NSW Poetry Showcase
6.30-8pm AEST, Thursday 19 August
Presented in partnership with the State Library of NSW, this showcase features readings by Eunice Andrada, Omar Sakr, Peter Boyle, Felicity Plunkett, Sara Saleh, Jazz Money, Toby Fitch, and a 2021 Poetry Ambassador. Hosted by Red Room Poetry Director, Tamryn Bennett.
South Australia Poetry Showcase
6–8pm local time, Friday 20 August
Presented in partnership with Writers SA at the Institute Building, State Library of South Australia. Presented in partnership with Writers SA . More details soon
City of Sydney Poetry Showcase
2–4pm AEST, Saturday 28 August
Live at Green Square Library supported by City of Sydney. More details soon. Live at Green Square Library supported by City of Sydney. More details soon
Guwayu – For All Times Showcase
9am–9:45am AEST, Sunday 29 Aug 2021
Join Wiradjuri writer, poet and editor of the Guwayu – For All Times collection, Jeanine Leane, with contributors Evelyn Araluen, Yvette Holt and Maureen Nampijimpa O’Keefe. Presented in partnership with Northern Territory Writers Festival.
Want to see more? Our Poetry Month Calendar is your one-stop-shop for all things happening in August.
Supporters and Partners
Poetry Month is proudly supported by the Oranges & Sardines Foundation and other generous partners.