Poets Out Loud is a collective of poets, writers and spoken-word artists from the Tweed region, NSW. Founded in 2018 on the belief that poetry is for everyone, we provide a safe and inclusive platform for writers to share and develop their work. Poets Out Loud is convened by Sarah Temporal, a performance poet and poetry educator of 17 years experience.
In January 2019, Sarah initiated an open mic poetry night in partnership with the M-Arts precinct and Bacaro Cafe. This event attracts 50-70 attendees per month, and has hosted dozens of readers from beginners to professionals. With support from our sponsors we also offer paid feature performances, run a bi-monthly poetry slam, and sell and promote members’ publications.
Our events provide a central networking hub for writers and word-lovers. We are proud to contribute to the creative community of the Tweed region.
Open mic every month
Come along to Poets Out Loud!!
3rd Thursday of the month
Bacaro Cafe in M-Arts Precinct, Murwillumbah.
$5-10 suggested donation
Hosted by Sarah Temporal. Sign up for open mic on the night. Every second month is a slam with 2-minutes time limit. Follow us for updates.
Youth Slam Program 2020
- Poets Out Loud Youth Slam empowers young people to share their stories creatively with the community. Limited free workshops with our poet-mentors will be offered in early 2020, culminating in a Youth Poetry Slam in Tweed shire during youth week.
- 2019 SUPER SLAM!! Over $500 worth of prizes, 18 poets, and 100+ listeners. Super Slam!! was presented by Poets Out Loud in partnership with Murwillumbah Arts Trail, May 2019. We hope it will be an annual event.
Projects and collaborations
- 2019 Resistance exhibition and live poetry. Poets Out Loud collaborated with the Garden Gallery, Murwillumbah, to to perform the poetry of refugees and asylum seekers (published by Writing Through Fences) alongside artworks by refugees. Sarah delivered a free workshop for young readers to prepare their performance for the event.
- 2019 The (un)Usual arts festival. Poets Out Loud are currently partnered with RealArtworks, a post-disability arts company, to bring poetry into the community in unusual ways. The festival is scheduled for November 2019 in Lismore.