Open mic opportunities in the Central Highlands

As we emerge, haltingly, from our long Covid winter, it’s pleasing to see some opportunities for spoken word performers this month.

Words in Winter, Maryborough

Gregg Joseph & Friends – Music and Words

Enjoy an afternoon of first-class music and readings from musicians, writers, and poets. Light refreshments at interval. Bookings not required, all welcome.

Date: Sat 7August

Time: 2pm – performers, please sign up on the day between noon and 1pm

Cost: $10 (includes light refreshments at interval)

Venue: Maryborough Senior Citizens’ Hall, Alma Street, Maryborough

Enquiries: Gregg Joseph, 0457 495 007

Words in Winter, Clunes

WOL regular Bob McKinnon is running an event at the former Senior Citizens Hall, 25 Fraser St, on 15 August, kicking off at 1pm. Open mic welcome! There also will be archival footage of poetry performances from the famed Dan O’Connell, courtesy of Ken Smeaton. Bob says, ‘Pop up and do something if you like. All welcome.’ Wine and nibbles at the end! 

FEARless voices – Open Mic Spoken Word

Hosted by Megan J Riedl
Saturday 21 August 2021
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

At the FEAR Gallery – The Female Experience Art Rebellion, Shop 59, Bridge Mall, Ballarat

Give voice to your poetry, stories and tales in a supportive, safe, feminist space.
Come to share or come to listen and support – all welcome. Sign up for the Open Mic upon booking, or on the day. Writing or performing experience not necessary.

Bookings essential. Limited places.Tickets

Tiny Arts Festival, Creswick

Creswick Neighbourhood Centre is having a Tiny Arts Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 27-29 August, at the Courthouse Theatre, 4 Raglan St, Creswick. They are looking for writers who would like to read from their own work – or someone else’s – for the Lost Art of Elocution event on Friday 27 August at 7pm. In particular, they are looking for readers with a bit of dramatic flair, so actors are also welcome. See

March edition – now at Creswick

With the sudden demise of the Printers Room, our wonderful home of the past two years, we’re hitting the road to relocate this month’s edition. Far from being a ‘road to nowhere’, as our theme for the month suggests, it is rather a road to somewhere very pleasant indeed: Odessa at Leaver’s Hotel in Creswick!

We’ve been wanting to run an event at this sumptuous, eclectic venue for some time, and now is the time!

Wordsmiths are invited to explore the themes or simply ignore them altogether. This is a great opportunity to road test new material, celebrate a success or share some inspiration, or simply enjoy a diverse range of spoken word — poetry, prose or storytelling; read or recited; your own work or someone else’s.

Date: Thursday March 19

Time: Doors open about 6.30pm, words from 7pm

Venue: Odessa at Leaver’s Hotel, 80 Albert St, Creswick.

Transport: Ballarat attendees, please get in touch if you need a lift, and we will try to arrange car pooling or, if there’s enough demand, a mini-bus.

Performances: Sign up on the night – a maximum of 5 minutes each.

Eat and drink: The menu is available for dinner or snacks, and the well-stocked bar is open.

Cost: Free, with a gold coin donation appreciated.

Bonus: The Creswick Harvest Festival opens on March 19, with the official launch and art show opening in the Town Hall virtually next door to Odessa from 5-7pm. Do pop in beforehand and check it out.

We intend to be back in Ballarat with a regular venue from April, with a couple of possibilities being investigated. Stay tuned.

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