Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham St, Sydney, New South Wales 2204, Australia

Poetry in Sydney

About Us

Word in Hand: Sharing stories to build community


Word in Hand is Sydney’s premier and most diverse performance and storytelling gig, the first Tuesday of every second month at the Red Rattler Theatre in Marrickville. Expect to see poetry, rhyme, song, movement and more by artists from across the nation and the world. Their work will light a fire under your belly and in your heart. Our next show is here.


Word in Hand is one of the longest-running poetry events in Sydney. Previously hosted at the Friend in Hand Hotel in Glebe (hence the name), the gig was handed to poet Candy Royalle in 2017 and has since curated radical & passionate performers of poetry, comedy, music, storytelling, and physical expression. 

Creative Team


Senior Producer: Candy Royalle

Producers: Kween G, Mel Ree, Page Sinclair, Emma Rose Smith

Photographer: Nicola Bailey

Website designer: Alex Taylor

Our rotating team of volunteers make this gig happen; thank you to all involved! We're looking for more help, so get in touch if you're our next producer / friend.


Venue Partner


The Red Rattler is a not-for-profit, artist and activist run warehouse venue and artists’ studios, operating on the support of a team of volunteers. Their partnership enables us to bring you the best in performance!

Radio Partner


Eastside Radio (89.7 FM) is the community station for the City of Sydney and Eastern Suburbs. Tune in to Queer for Your Ears (9.30pm Thursdays) for Word in Hand ticket giveaways, artist interviews and more!

Poetic Partner


Red Room Poetry create poetic projects and learning programs in collaboration with poets, schools, communities and partners for positive social impact. They support the production of the Word in Hand podcast.