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Become Part of the Melbourne Poetry Scene

Vanessa de Largie performing at Poetry Idol 2009

Vanessa de Largie | Topic Media | August 22, 2012

So you secretly write poetry?

Every time you enter a library or bookstore, you find yourself heading towards the poetry section, hanging out with the likes of Bronte and Bukowski.

Deep inside you have the urge to share your words and music with the world – but then you duck your head back inside your shell like a tortoise. What if? How about? Would they?

Let me stop you there.

I understand the need to write for one’s self, that’s what journals are for. But poetry is written to be shared, to be read, to be performed. Poetry is written to be received.

So, I am here to tell you, that it’s time to get out there and become active with your creativity, with your poetic voice. No ifs, buts or maybes.

You are not going to fall through the floor, it’s impossible. You are not going to have tomatoes thrown at you on stage, as far as I know Melburnians don’t carry tomatoes around with them.

Take all the heartache and drama out of the equation and get active. Get your poetry out there. Your words could effect another’s life. Your words could get you published or lead you somewhere amazing. At the very least, you will get to mingle and network with like-minded individuals.

Below I have suggested two places to start your poetry journey. I have performed and been part of both. They are terrific.

Poetry Idol

Michael Crane is the founder of Poetry Idol and can be contacted by email Idols usually take place in libraries around Melbourne, followed by mingling and free cheese and wine. If you are fortunate enough to get through the heat, you could be published in the Paradise Anthology or end up performing your poetry at The Melbourne Writers Festival. What a hoot!

Dan Poets

Poetry open mic at the Dan O Connell Hotel is awesome. Starts at 2pm on a Saturday. Usually you can perform just by rocking up and putting your name down – although sometimes they have a ‘featured poet.’ Check out the Dan O Connell website to confirm the finer details.


Look forward to seeing you up on the stage or in print very soon.