Tasmanian Poetry Festival 2020

The Tasmanian Poetry Festival acknowledges and respects the palawa people as the traditional and ongoing owners and custodians of this land and we pay our respect to all elders, past, present and future.

MONDAY 19th October

Poets for Planet A

Live and Zoom event from 7 pm AEST – Phoenix Restaurant, Launceston.

The Tasmanian Poetry Festival and UTAS in conjunction with Global Climate Change Week present a night of poetry dedicated to climate change awareness.

An open mic format for live readers. Zoom participants will need to book.

Cost $5/$3.
Ticketing links here:
For Zoom link click here:-   https://utas.zoom.us/j/89352187889

https://www.trybooking.com/BLXPW for live show. Maximum 50 for live audience/readers due to Covid-safe requirements.

https://www.trybooking.com/BLXQA for Zoom. Maximum 15 Zoom readers/attendees.

FRIDAY 23rd October

Grand Evenings of Poetry – Women Contemporary Poets

Presented by The Tasmanian Poetry Festival in conjunction with Theatre North.

From 5.30 – 6.50 pm, at the Grand Chancellor Hotel.

Cost $20 – tickets available from Theatre North website: https://theatrenorth.com.au/

Out of the Ashes – Poets Banquet

The Tasmanian Poetry Festival join hands with Phoenix Restaurant to present this fabulous night of art, ekphrastic poetry and Indonesian banquet. Dress in your finest attire or accessory and celebrate a return to normal life as we knew it. Unleash your inner poet and write/perform in response to artwork on display.

Cost is $40 including entry and banquet. Limited numbers of 50 due to Covid-safe requirements, so book early.

Booking link here: https://www.trybooking.com/BLWFN


SATURDAY 31st October

The Launceston Poetry Cup

Join us for the iconic LAUNCESTON POETRY CUP, now in its 36th year.

Poems must be read in 1 minute or under otherwise you will be disqualified. Winner is judged on the loudest audience response, so bring your friends, get foot stomping, yelling and clapping for your favourite performer.

Due to Covid-19 requirements, B.Y.O bikkies and cheese or picnic tea. Drinks from the bar at excellent prices.

The Launceston Workers Club, 66 Elizabeth Street, Launceston.

Entry cost $10/$8 –https://www.trybooking.com/BLWPU


SUNDAY 1st November

City Park Radio – Live to Air Poets

City Park Radio is hosting a live to air poetry reading afternoon.

From 2pm – 4 pm.

Poets are invited to book in before the day, as numbers in the studio are limited due to Covid-safe requirements. It will be a first to book in, best dressed event.

Readings to be no longer than 5 minutes per person.

FREE EVENT. We thank City Park Radio for their generosity in partnering with the Tasmanian Poetry Festival.

Contact us to register interest in reading.


SATURDAY 14th November

Australian Poetry Slam finals

Via Zoom and live from Phoenix, Launceston

Brittany Cook and Rohan King compete against poets from other states in a Zoom and live performance of The Australian Poetry Slam Finals, at 7.30 pm.

Cocktails from the bar, and meals can be purchased from the “Small Chilli” menu of Indonesian cuisine.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, numbers will be limited so book in early here to ensure your seat. Phoenix Launceston 63 Brisbane St. Launceston.

Contact: wordsunited@maisonrond.com
Entry cost $5.00


Thank You!

The Tasmanian Poetry Festival greatly appreciates and thanks business owners who have made venues available for this Festival of 2020. We acknowledge Wendy Robbins of The Royal Oak, and Jimmy Hoyle of Phoenix Launceston. We also thank and acknowledge local organisations for their generosity and partnership: The Launceston Workers Club, City Park Radio, Theatre North, and The Grand Chancellor Hotel.