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The biggest event on Perth's thriving poetry scene is about to kick off and everyone is invited. Whether you're a fan of edgy contemporary verse, gentle haiku, or want something completely different, there's a performance for you at the annual WA Poetry Festival.
Performances and Readings This year the Festival gives audiences a chance to enjoy exciting performances in new venues. Check out Phonics, Sonics and Electronics, an evening of poetry with sound at the Artifactory, Perth's own "hackerspace". Visit quirky small bar Cheeky Sparrow for the Festival Launch, the very popular Poetry Slam competition and other events. PICA Café will feature Rebels and Rogues, a celebration of the poet rebels and villains of history, as well as many other performances. Ticketed event prices start at a very reasonable $5.
photo by Gary de Piazzi (showmeperth.com.au)
The Festival also offers a variety of free entertainment. Local and national poets will read their work on the Wetlands stage in the Perth Cultural Centre, at Crow Books and the Moon Café. Join a discussion at the Northbridge Piazza Community Building or a haiku walk through Queens Gardens.
Workshops As well as performances, every year there is a great range of workshops. Explore performance or humorous poetry, haiku, or a bit of everything in Read, Write, Publish. Details and registration can be found here. Workshops are $20 with discounted prices for members of WA Poets. Advance booking is recommended.