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June 4:            Word In Hand Poetry Night at the Red Rattler. Guest Poets Kirli Saunders and Jex Lopez, with open mic (5 min slots). Sign-up 7pm, 7.30pm start, 6 Faversham St Marrickville, Sydney. Entry: $10/$15/$20. Access via Sydenham train station, buses, parking. For access requests, contact: or see:;

June 5:            MoshPit Open Mic Night. Hosted by Hiske Music and Mosh Pit. Songs, jokes, poems, performance art, etc, 7.30pm-11pm; sign-up 7pm. MoshPit, 642A King Street, Erskineville, Sydney. Free entry. BYO instrument or use house guitar. Strictly 18+ patrons. Enquiries: or see

June 5:            Words Flow – Spoken Word and Poetry. Open mic sign-up from 7pm for 8pm start, 10.30pm finish. Free entry, bucket donations encouraged. Hosted by Marty Bright (aka Howling Heart). Blue Fig Bar, 112 Enmore Road, Enmore, Sydney. Walk from Newtown station or via King Street/Enmore Road buses. See: email:

June 7:            Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival: Bello Poetry Slam. 7.30pm-11.30pm, Memorial Hall, 35 Hyde St, Bellingen. MC Zohab Zee Khan. $15 entry, cash prizes. See and

June 8:            Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival Youth Workshop: Spoken Word Poetry Boot Camp. 12noon-2pm, Youth Hub, 2 William St, Bellingen, NSW. Workshop led by poet, educator and comedian Zohab Zee Khan. Free for ages 20 and under. See;

June 8:            Henry Lawson Festival 2019: Poetry on the Boards. 10am-11.30am, Railway Hotel, Main Street, Grenfell, NSW. Hosted by Geoffrey Graham, sign-up on the day. For this and Poetry In The Park (Sunday June 9) and other events see

June 9:            Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival Contemporary Poetry: Discussing New Verse. Youth Hub, 2 William St, Bellingen, NSW. Zohab Zee Khan chairs a panel with Cherise Lily Nana, Malcolm McFarlane and Leah Kaminsky. Tickets $25. See:;

June 11:          Gran Slam, feat. DefMelodies. Hosted by Granville Poetry Slam. 6.40pm sign-up at door; event: 7pm-9.30pm (approx.), 104 South St, Granville, Sydney. Tickets $5-$10. Open mic for original writing, 3 minutes maximum, other performance art forms welcome, random audience scoring. For more information, see

June 11:          Poetry Night @Sappho: Avant Gaga #45: Toby Fitch hosts guest poets Jill Jones, Jessica Wilkinson, Autumn Royal, Miro Sandev, with open mic up to 10 readers, 2 mins each. 7pm-10pm, sign-up 6.45pm, Sappho Books Café & Wine Bar, 51 Glebe Pt Road, Glebe, Sydney. Free entry, nearby street parking, Broadway Shopping Centre; buses from Central Station. Free entry. See: 

June 11:          Youth Spoken Word Poetry Workshops. 3.30pm – 5pm, hosted by SydWest Mt Druitt Office. Recurring event (until December 2019) will offer workshops on poetry, public speaking, presentation and English skills. See: or call Youth Transition Support Team 96216633 (Blacktown); 96250455 (Mt Druitt). Next event: June 18.

June 12:          Memorial: Les Murray State Memorial. Doors open 1.15pm for seating by 1.45pm, 2pm commencement, Mitchell Library Reading Room, the State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney. Entry details are unconfirmed on Library website as at 4/6/19. Attendees are strongly advised to check with/email the Library. Also see:

June 13:          Cuplet #11, Hosted by Cuplet Poetry Night and the Beaumont Hamilton. Readings by Liam Ferney, Jill Jones, Autumn Royal and Jessica Wilkinson, with host Claire Albrecht. 7pm-9.30pm, 70 Beaumont St, Newcastle, NSW. See for more details.

June 15:          Launch. Luke Fischer launches The Little Book of Sunlight & Maggots from poet Michael Aiken. 4pm, upstairs, Better Read Than Dead Bookshop, 265 King Street, Newtown, Sydney. Inclinator (elevator) access. Transport: King Street buses; train. Free entry but register via

June 19:          Poetica: A Night for Wordsmithing feat. Lesh and Declan Kelly. With open mic (3 minutes; original poetry). Bondi Bowling Club, 1Warners Ave, North Bondi, Sydney. 7pm-10.30pm. Sign-up at door. For tickets, see:

June 19:          The Sydney Poetry Lounge. Hosted by Ali Whitelock with MC Sheree Strange (Julia Zemiro), feature poets Evelyn Araluen and Richard James Allen, and open mic. 6.30pm sign-up (3 minute limit), event starts 7.15pm, upstairs, The Friend in Hand Pub, Glebe, Sydney. Entry: $10/$5 door. No lift access. Buses from Central, limited nearby street parking, or at Broadway Shopping Centre. For more details see:

June 20:          Poets at the Petersham Bowl. Open mic soirée: poems, short stories, comedy, acoustic music. From 6.30pm-9.30pm. Free entry, sign-up on the night. Upstairs, Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton St, Petersham, Sydney. 5 mins walk from Petersham Station. Details: Mark 041 005 4756/ Barry 043 2971710 or see

June 22:          Pride 50: Stonewall Commemoration & Artist Studio Open Day. Art installations, craft workshops, talks, poetry performances from Eunice Andrada and Carielyn Tunion and an Open Mic. 3pm-8pm, Yanada Community Meeting Room, 22 Hudson St, Lewisham, Sydney. Free, refreshments provided. See:

June 24:          Unspoken Words Poetry Book Club. Hosted by Unspoken Words & Better Read Than Dead Bookshop. 6.30pm-7.30pm, upstairs at bookshop, 265 King Street, Newtown, Sydney. Inclinator (elevator) access. Selected book: The Carrying by Ada Limon. Free but register via Drinks, nibbles; members receive 10% off book club titles. Contact: Zachary Moore-Boyle or Emma Rose

June 26:          Live Poets at Don Bank. Special Guest Anna Couani plus The Live Poets Players Present: The Art of Modern Love, and an Open Section. Don Bank Museum, 6 Napier St, North Sydney. Doors Open: 7.30 pm. $10 entry includes supper and drinks. Further info/bookings: (02) 9896 6956 Mobile: 0422 263 373 or via

June 27:          Poets Corner Reading and Discussion, Hosted by David Ades. Guest Poet Eunice Andrada will read and discuss her work around the theme of ‘Reclaiming the Body’. 7pm, WestWords Centre For Writing, 91b Grose St, North Parramatta, Sydney. Free entry but bookings essential. Email or see:

June 30:          In Conversation: Sweatshop Women. Editor Winnie Dunn in conversation with Writer Maryam Azam, 4pm, upstairs, Better Read Than Dead Bookshop, 265 King Street, Newtown, Sydney. Inclinator (elevator) access. Transport: King Street buses; train. Free entry but register via


JUNE (opening):                   Cordite Journal Issue 93: PEACH, with poetry guest-edited by George Mouratidis, Ling Toong, Lucy Van. Submit up to 3 poems (prose, comics, visual, concrete). See

JUNE (ongoing):                   The Big Issue Magazine. Poems up to 150 words for the ‘Streetsheet’ page from anyone who has experienced homelessness, marginalisation or disadvantage. Details: or email               

JUNE (opening):                   The Helen Ann Bell Poetry Bequest Award 2019. $7,000 cash prize and publication with Vagabond Press for a collection of poems (50 – 80 pages) by an Australian woman poet over the age of 18. For entry and thematic guidelines see 

JUNE 30 (closing):                KSP Writers’ Centre 2020 Residency Program – Established Writers. One position available for a residency in the Perth Hills region, Western Australia, open to established Australian or international writers. See for details on this and other residencies: Emerging Writers (deadline July 28) and Next Gen (deadline August 25).

JULY 8 (opening):                The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grants: Round 3, 2019. Grants up to $10,000 to help emerging and early career artists with international professional development opportunities. Closes 10th September 2019. More details:

JULY 12 (closing, 5pm):       The Next Chapter: The Wheeler Centre Support Scheme. $15,000 grants to assist writers of poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction or graphic novel to develop their own work. Free entry, for Australian citizens. For guidelines, see

JULY 31 (closing):                Newcastle Writers Festival 2020. Call for submissions from established or emerging writers interested in launching their books, hosting masterclasses and presentations, etc. For guidelines on how to apply, see: 

And last but definitely not least ….


JUNE 21 (closing, 5pm):       CHASS Australia 2019 Prizes. Nominations now open for four categories of prizes to honour achievements by Australians working, studying, or training in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) sector, including academics, researchers, practitioners, philanthropists, policy makers, and students. For more details, see

AUGUST 13 (closing):          The $18,000 Fair Australia Prize. Multiple categories, including poetry, members’ section and more. Poems up to 88 lines, with publication in Overland Journal 233. Free entry. For more details on themes and guidelines, see 

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