Woman Scream

Help support this event by making a tax deductible donation to cover venue costs, artists fees and technical staff fees.

To donate, click on the link: https://artists.australianculturalfund.org.au/s/project/a2E9q000000D3lM

To participate in the online Woman Scream Raffle (all proceeds donated to Starick Domestic Refuge) click here

Perth Woman Scream is fundraising for Starick Domestic Refuge, a charity supporting women and children escaping domestic violence and family violence. All profits from this event will be donated to Starick Domestic Refuge.

Raihanaty A. Jalil @ PWS 2020

‘One is not born but rather becomes a woman’ Simone de Beaviour

Perth Woman Scream 2023 (PWS) will inject self-respect, motivation and fortitude into the women of our community. It will be a rally point to identify and enunciate women’s issues.

PWS is an inclusive platform for women’s participation. We seek and promote women and gender fluid poets of all ages, cultural backgrounds and sexual orientation. Further, PWS is on a mission to fight family violence and to make related issues known far and wide.

PWS 2023 program:

PWS Poetry Event (March 11th, 2–4pm at the Moon Café and live online via Zoom*)

Zan Ross @ PWS 2020

This unique event features women speaking, rhyming, screaming to be heard in our current climate of discrimination, subtle and obvious violence towards women. This event features local woman poets (and those who identify as woman):

Sally Newman
Miriam Wei Wei Lo
Lucy Dougan
Carly Beth
Liana Joy Christensen
Namu Kitafuna

with MC’s

Lisa Collyer
Manveen Kohli.

There will be limited open microphone slots for topic related poetry. Funds raised from PWS will be donated to Starick Domestic Refuge.

Through this event, the audience will have an increased understanding of the lives of women in our community and the daily issues they both grapple and overcome. Further, this event is one link in a chain of international arts-based events that mark International Women’s Day and demand an end in violence towards women.

For the Zoom link you will need to register with Perth Poetry Club

Taonga Sendama @ PWS 2021

PWS has been held annually since 2016 by WA Poets Inc in collaboration with Perth Poetry Club and is a part of Woman Scream (Grito de Mujer®).

WA Poets Inc. (WAPoets) was established in 2006 as a not-for-profit organisation. WAPI is run by volunteers and relies on membership, ticket and book sales, donations, sponsorship and grants to fund its activities. Events organised by WAPoets further its mission to encourage, support, develop and promote poets and poetry in Western Australia.

Woman Scream (Grito de Mujer) was created in 2009, by the Dominican poetess Jael Uribe and trusted to the foundation Mujeres Poetas Internacional MPI, Inc, (Women Poets International Movement). Its mission is to “honour women and create a conscious call against women violence through any kind of artistic expression and to support talented female writers and artists with their international promotion”. It is celebrated every year in over 70 countries through thousands of events during the month of March.

What we’ve achieved

Leanne Barron, CEO of Starick Domestic Refuge, on the impact of the workshops:

“Domestic violence is not a single event but a pattern of behaviours … the effect of these behaviours is victim survivors are silenced … The poetry workshops support women to find their voice, to speak about violence and its impacts, such as fear and anxiety.

Eighteen women attended one or more workshops and all produced beautiful poems. The groups were diverse and inclusive. 3 women produced completed poems which they read at the Women Scream event in March 2021. These workshops are so valuable to our women.”

Leanne Barron on the funds raised by Woman Scream over the years:

“The funds are used to support women and children who have escaped domestic and family violence.  Our programs build resilience and well-being. They include baby and toddler massage, children’s yoga, restorative yoga and a Lived Experience therapeutic writing program for women. Starick is very grateful to Perth Poetry Club for supporting us through their annual Women Scream event.”

Your support will provide much needed funding to cover such items as venue costs, artists and technical staff fees. By having these costs covered it will enable funds raised by this event (entry fees, donations, etc) to be donated to Starick Domestic Refuge.

poet Barbara Stapleton and friend, @ PWS 2021

The culmination of PWS will see the empowerment of female artists‑—new, emerging and established—in the sphere of interpersonal relationships and how they can manifest into healthy outcomes for all members of the community.

‘At any given moment, we have the power to say this is not how the story is going to end,’ Christine Mason Miller

To make a tax deductible donation, click on the following link: https://artists.australianculturalfund.org.au/s/project/a2E9q000000D3lM

Perth Woman Scream 2023 is funded by Australia Cultural Fund through Creative Partnerships Australia.

WA’s Woman Scream (WS) 2023 poetry event

Date and Time: March 11th in 2023 (The Saturday closest to International Women’s Day) From 2 to 4pm at the Moon Café on William Street, Northbridge.

The “Woman Scream International Poetry and Arts Festival” is an annual international event that is held to mark International Woman’s Day. The Perth Woman Scream event is part of that festival.


Manveen Kohli (MC) is an emerging poet, currently residing in Perth. She has performed her work at various events including, Neon Readings, Perth Poetry Festival, and Spoken Word Perth. Manveen was a finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam (APS) state finals in 2020 and 2021. Her debut poetry collection will be published in 2023 by Centre for Stories and Red River Press. Manveen currently works as a Provisional Psychologist at a High School. Her love for Psychology and passion for poetry stem from a mutual goal-to empower others.

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Lisa Collyer (MC) is a poet and educator living and working in Boorloo (Perth). She writes poetry with a lens on women’s bodies like the jagged edge of a can opened-up. She has been published in Westerly, Cordite, Rabbit, Australian Poetry Anthology and more. She was an Inspire writer-in-residence with The National Trust of W.A. and was short-listed for The Dorothy Hewett Award for her unpublished manuscript. Her debut collection, How to Order Eggs Sunny Side Up will be published with Life
Before Man, the poetry imprint of Gazebo Books in September 2023.

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Sally Newman is a story teller across many genres; with literary experience, in script writing, poetry, music lyrics and professionally, was a commonwealth civil celebrant for fifteen years.

She prides herself on telling powerful, raw (often confronting stories), that focus on initiating change for cause and acceptance for all in their community. 

The Perth Poetry scene welcomed Sally in the last part of 2021 and she gained recognition with her continued monthly wins and a top three, national placing on the WA Slam Poetry stages throughout last year. 

Sally describes herself as the voices of those afraid to speak.

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Miriam Wei Wei Lo writes to explore embodied female experience (among other things). Her prize-winning first collection Against Certain Capture chronicles the lives of her two grandmothers in snapshots of poetry. She currently teaches creative writing at Sheridan Institute in Boorloo (Perth) and is working on her next collection. Find her at www.miriamweiweilo.com 

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Lucy Dougan is a widely published prize-winning poet. Her books include White Clay and The Guardians (Giramondo). In 2016 The Guardians won the WA Premier’s Book Award for poetry. With Tim Dolin, she is co-editor of The Collected Poems of Fay Zwicky (UWAP, 2017). With Beverly Taylor, she is working on a new edition of Anne Brontë’s poems for Cambridge UP. Her latest poetry collection, Monster Field, was published by Giramondo in 2022. She is currently the poetry editor for Westerly. Photo credit: Tim Dolin.

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Carly Beth is a queer poet and teacher with autism, living on Wadjuk Noongar Boodja with her wife and four foster children. Her writing explores topics of girlhood, womanhood, queerness, gender and sexuality. Her published works appear in the journal Creatrix, and in Nga Korero o Ngati Wai, a collection of poems by Ngati Wai people. She received a ‘highly commended’ award in the ECU Talus Prize, and has been long-listed twice for the Australian Writers’ Centre’s Furious Fiction Competition. She is currently working on her first poetry book.

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Namu Kitafuna is just one human trying to find peace. She uses her poetry and other creative outlets in the hopes to help herself and other to find their own level of peace, whatever that might look like. 

Namu has featured her poetry in her local communities in Perth, Western Australia, as well as nationally in Australia and internationally in zoom rooms around the world. She hopes to one day have the opportunity to present her poetry in person around the world. 

You can find Namu on Instagram @igobynamu

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Liana Joy Christensen has been a feminist as long as she has been a poet … since childhood. Her work has been published in many literary journals and anthologies and won several literary awards, including being shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize. Two of her poems were selected for inclusion in Veils, Halos and Shackles, the first-ever anthology of international poetry specifically addressing the oppression and empowerment of women.

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Woman Scream Perth Fundraiser 

To participate in the online Woman Scream Raffle (all proceeds donated to Starick Domestic Refuge) click here

Raffle Drawn 18th of March, 2023 

Our online raffle was created on Rafflelink.com.au 

Perth Woman Scream is fundraising for Starick Domestic Refuge, a charity supporting women and children escaping domestic violence and family violence. All profits from this event will be donated to Starick Domestic Refuge.