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Poetry Readings

Girls on Key hosts poetry readings and events around Australia and New Zealand, as well as fringe festival events combining poetry, film, music and dance. We celebrate women's poetry and support lgbtqia+ poets and gender diverse poetry and spoken word. Our events have taken place in Port Kembla, Wollongong, Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne and Castlemaine. Currently, our events are held exclusively online through the Zoom platform (see below).

Girls on Key acknowledges the First Nations of Australia: the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Please note that Girls on Key Melbourne is now an independently run event called Radio Laria, run by Laura Fisher and her team, still on the first Wednesday of the month at Open Studio in Northcote, Melbourne, Australia.

Upcoming Events
Our first event for the year is coming up on February 26th 2023, featuring Barbs McFadden and Sarah Jane Justice.

Event description
Girls on Key, established in 2014 is an inclusive event running poetry readings currently on zoom. All genders welcome in the audience.


Barbs McFadden a 22-year-old poet from Newcastle NSW. I am a communications student just getting started in the industry, opening up and self-publishing my first poetry ebook earlier this year. I enjoy writing transparent pieces about my life experiences as a woman and my relationships with my body, men, and myself.

Sarah Jane Justice has won the Goolwa Poetry Cup, the Northern Fringes Slam, the Salisbury Fringe Slam, and the SA State Final of the Australian Poetry Slam. She has performed as a spoken word artist since 2017, including being featured in Adelaide Writers’ Week’s slam poetry showcase three times. In written forms, her fiction and poetry have been published by outlets such as Capsule Stories, Pure Slush, and The Bombay Review. Her additional credits include writing and curating an immersive ekphrastic poetry/photography exhibition in 2020, and performing a one-woman science-fiction cabaret show in 2016

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