Monthly Readings in the City

Location & format

Friendly Street Poets monthly open mic reading is held on the first Tuesday of each month (except January) in the SA Writers Centre on the 2nd Floor of the Malcolm Reid Building, 187 East Rundle Street.

Enter via lifts at the back of Cafe Brunelli (a few metres West of the SAWC).

Wheelchair access is via 26 York Street, which runs parallel with East Rundle St: take the lift up to the 2nd floor.

Everyone is welcome to read at Friendly Street Poets!

Book in at 6.00 pm for a 6:30 pm start. We have a 20-30 minute break at about 7:30 pm, followed by another session until all poets have read.

Each poet has a strict limit of 3 minutes to read. However, a single 4-minute spot is available within each session; the 4-minute spots can be booked in advance on a first-served basis.

Eligibility for publication in the FSP Anthology

If you read your poems at an official FSP event, they may be considered for publication in the next Friendly Street Poets annual anthology.

For your poems to be eligible for consideration, you need to:

  • Be a current Friendly Street Poets member; and
  • Submit two copies of your poems:
    • printed on one side of white A4 paper;
    • with your name, contact number, email and postal address on each page,
    • signed with your name, giving permission for publication.

Anyone can come to simply enjoy a night listening to a diverse range of poetry read by people of all ages, from every walk of life. You’ll hear poetry about a vast variety of human experience; responses to nature, politics, philosophy, science; poems that can stir tears, anger, questioning and laughter.