The Melbourne Poetry Map : Audio Graffiti was produced by Eleanor Jackson, with the support of the City of Melbourne, Overload Poetry Festival and the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office. It was created in 2010, with new walks added in 2011-2012.
It is an archive of eight “poetry walks”, each of which will take between 20 – 45 mins to complete, depending on how fast you walk, how well you know the city and how long you want to spend at each location. That said, it’s nice not to do things in a hurry.
Each walk exists as a map of directions and a playlist of audio tracks designed to be listened to in their corresponding locations. Sometimes the location of the poem is quite specific, sometimes it’s a little bit vague – don’t get het up if you’re not in the right place at the right time. Poetry is all about being in the wrong place at the right time.
If you do find you’re getting a bit lost, why not ask a local Melburnian for some helpful directions! Apparently, they’ll be the ones dressed in all black.
We hope you’ll love exploring the psycho-geography of this incredible city. As snapshots in time, some poets pay tribute to places that are no longer there, or places that have changed in their use and designation. We say, just roll with it.