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In recent years, Adelaide’s poetry-scene has grown to a large community of traditional, slam and spoken-word reading nights held around the city. Lovers of all genres of rhythm and verse are spoiled for choice when it comes to these regular readings that have become a staple on Adelaide’s arts calendar.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of Adelaide’s most diverse reading nights to keep your poetry calendar filled throughout the year.
Draw Your S(words)
Draw Your S(words) is a monthly spoken-word event which encourages poets of all works of life to share their stories for two minutes on the stage at Chateau Apollo. Held monthly, Draw Your S(words) usually has a curated line-up of poets which has the option of an open-mic at the end of the reading.
If you’re thinking of sharing your poetry for the first time, Draw Your S(words) is a safe, supportive community that encourages poets of all walks of life to jump in and have a go.
Draw Your S(words) is hosting Draw Your S(words) against the system, their first reading of 2020, at Chateau Apollo on Wednesday, January 29 from 6pm-10:30pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. This event is a platform for solely First Nations Australians to share their poetry. All proceeds will be donated to Australian Bushfire disaster relief.
NO WAVE is held every first-Wednesday of the month at The Wheatsheaf Hotel. This reading hosts a curated line-up of four poets ranging from emerging to established. Each month, readers from around Adelaide, interstate, and even overseas share a poem over a pint on The Wheaty stage.
NO WAVE is a great opportunity to meet and greet poetry lovers of all ages in an informal and intimate setting. Every NO WAVE is introduced with a personalised horoscope reading, so all lovers of astrology are encouraged to come along!
NO WAVE will hold their first event on Wednesday, February 12 from 7PM. In conjunction with Wakefield Press (SA) & Vagabond Press (NSW), NO WAVE will launch upcoming books, ‘Mt. Sumptuous’ & Carte Blanche from Adelaide-poets Aidan Coleman and Thom Sullivan. Entry for this event will be free. The first official NO WAVE reading will be held on April 1st from 7PM with $5 door entry.
The Good Word At Mixed Creative
The Good Word at Mixed Creative is an up-and-coming reading held on the first Friday of every month at Mixed Creative Studios in Port Adelaide. Set against the vibrant studio walls or under the stars in the lavish courtyard (on warmer nights), The Good Word usually features a fun line-up of curated poets followed by a dedicated open-mic section where people can express poetry through spoken-word, rap, monologue, song and anything else performers can think of on the night!
This reading boasts both a stellar atmosphere and supportive community of poets and artists from around Adelaide.
The Good Word at Mixed Creative will hold their first event of the year on Friday, February 7 from 6pm. A $2 door donation is required for entry.
For more information on The Good Word, visit their Facebook page.
Friendly Street Poets
Friendly Street Poets have become a staple institution for those familiar with the poetry scene in Adelaide. Hosting many events around South Australia, lovers of all kinds of poetry can find the perfect reading to attend!
One of Adelaide’s most popular open-mic sets, the FSP City Open Mic Readings are held on the first Monday of each month at The Box Factory. These nights are catered to the general public and encourages people who haven’t previously shared their work to read in a safe and supportive environment. These readings have a 3 minute limit and require sign-up before the event starts at 6:30PM.
If you are more interested in watching poetry, FSP hold a Featured Poets Series on the last Thursday of each month from 6:00PM at The Halifax Street Cafe. The line-up usually consists of three established SA or interstate poets reading original work + a translated poem.
For those outside the Adelaide Metropolitan Area, FSP also holds the Poetry on the Fleurieu reading, which is held the 2nd Sunday of each month at Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa from 1-3PM.
Soul Lounge Adelaide
Soul Lounge places emphasis on ethnically and linguistically diverse poets each last Sunday of the month, with locations changing. These readings feature ethnically-diverse poets from Adelaide, as well as interstate, while providing an open mic for the general public in the second half of the reading. A gold coin donation is usually required for entry.
Soul Lounge’s first event, ‘Culture’, will be held on Sunday, January 26 from 6pm-9pm. For further details on Soul Lounge, visit their Facebook page.