I’ll be on Radio Fremantle 107.9fm from 10.30am this morning, reading some of my poetry and having a bit of a chat. Tune in if you’re in the area!

In other news, the Buzzcuts Perth program has been going well! The crack team of writers I’m coordinating have been writing up some fantastic reviews of Fringe World. You can read them on the Buzzcuts blog, or on PerthNow.com.au

Speaking of Fringe World, if you’re in Perth you should definitely be checking out some Fringe shows! There’s 150 shows on offer, with heaps of variety. I especially recommend the story showcase Barefaced Stories at the Blue Room. I might be a bit biased because I’m one of their storytellers (I did the Barefaced opening night on Tues) but seriously it’s a brilliant show! And it’s different every show, so you can go to more than one.

So much to do! Huzzah!


With the support of Express Media, Fringe World, and the Sunday Times, I am very pleased to introduce BUZZCUTS PERTH!

Buzzcuts is a program that trains young writers and broadcasters in critical arts reviewing. After running successfully in Melbourne for 15 years, this year the program is expanding to include Perth, with the support of Express Media, Fringe World, and the Sunday Times.

Buzzcuts Perth gives successful applicants the chance to see several Fringe World shows for free, write reviews and see them published on the Perth Now website. Participants will also be trained in writing critical arts reviews at a free orientation session.

The program is open to writers aged 18-25 who live in the Perth area and are interested in developing their skills as entertainment/arts writers.

Participants are expected to attend at least two shows during Perth’s Fringe World festival (26 January – 19 February) and to produce two accompanying reviews. In addition, participants are required to attend the compulsory orientation to be held in mid-January (date to be confirmed).

To apply, please submit the following:

  1. Your contact information (name, street address, email address, phone number, and date of birth)
  2. A cover letter outlining why you would like to be involved and any experience you have relevant to the area (experience in arts reviewing is preferable but not essential)

Send applications to:

Kaitlyn Plyley


Applications close: 5pm, Sunday 14th of January 2012.

Successful applicants will be contacted via email.



I’ve uploaded another video from my Voicebox gig back in July. It’s a short hip hop-style poem I wrote called ‘Think About What You’re Saying’, decrying the misuse of language. At the beginning of the vid, I’m having a little chat with the audience. They were great that night; I even had a couple of hecklers. I was telling the crowd that I’ve been writing poetry for 20 years, and some wag called out “How old are you?” Whoever that was, thank you for participating in the banter. I very much enjoyed it.




Yesterday was the final day of National Young Writers’ Month, and it was a bittersweet day. It was sweet because I completed my NYWM goal of 10 poems before 30 June (one of them was a haiku, which is a bit like cheating, but still). But it was sad to say goodbye to NYWM when I’ve had such a good time being its ambassador.

BUT the fun isn’t over just yet! We’ve just over a week before the NYWM Closing Party / Voiceworks 85 “OTHER” Launch! The launch will be hosted by the distinguished Byron Bard, and will feature performances by:


Tomas Ford

Amber Fresh

Caroline J. Dale

with readings by Voiceworks contributors.


The Moon Cafe, from 3pm on Sunday 10 July. It’s gonna be delicious.



The successful Theatre People website has been a part of Victoria’s theatrical community for eleven years, and now they’re expanding to the national level. I’m proud to have been selected as the editor of Western Australia’s branch of Theatre People, and I’m looking forward to August when the website relaunches nationally.

I know there are plenty of theatre-y people kicking around WA, so if any of them would like to get involved with Theatre People, my email is kaitlyn at theatrepeople dot com dot au. I’ll need feature writers, reviewers, and people with their fingers on the pulse of Perth’s theatre community.

Read Theatre People’s official announcement!


NYWM and I got a mention in the writingWA news! Have a read:

Perth performance poet Kaitlyn Plyley knows how to connect with her generation, which is exactly what she’ll be doing as recently appointed Western Australian Ambassador for National Young Writer’s Month, a new project by Express Media with the support of the Australian Government Youth Development and Support Program.
After writing and performing poetry all over Perth, Plyley won her way to the Australian Poetry Slam 2010 national final with a rap about bogans. She is an enthusiastic blogger and short story writer, although as a member of Gen-Y, she only writes her stories 140 characters at a time. READ MORE


Sooo for National Young Writers Month we each have to set a personal writing goal, and my goal is to write ten poems by the end of the month. That’s ten poems before the 30th of June, or an average of one poem every three days. This may sound easy, but only if you don’t take into account my considerable procrastination skills.

I’ll post each poem as I write ’em, and hopefully by the end of June I’ll have ten new poems (not of any particular quality, but hey that’s not the point).

Since we’re already four days into NaYoWriMo, I’m well overdue for a poem, so Poem #1 is coming post-haste.


After being shortlisted for Australian Poetry’s Cafe Poet Program, I’ve teamed up with il lido italian canteen (in Cottesloe) and will be their poet-in-residence for the next 6 months. Hurrah!

So if you’re ever in Cottesloe, please stop by and have a cup of tea with me! I’ll be the one sitting near a window, scribbling away.

Sometimes I do poems on request, so feel free to ask. If you buy me lunch I’ll write a bespoke poem, just for you. (A nice lunch, mind – not just a muffin or something. C’mon, a girl’s gotta eat.)


This Friday afternoon I’ll be holding the Perth edition of the NYWM Young Writers’ Workshop – 5pm at the Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Writers’ Centre.

After the success of the Bunbury workshop, I’m very much looking forward to seeing what Perth’s young writers can bring to the table.

It will run for one hour, and we’ll talk about writing, getting started, and ideas for NYWM writing projects.

I’m also pleased to announce that we’ll have a special guest – Sj Finch, editor of dotdotdash and published author.

WHERE: The KSP Writers Centre, 11 Old York Road, Greenmount WA

WHEN: 5pm-6pm Fri 27 May

WHAT: Bring pen and paper, and be ready to write!

WHO: You, silly.

Although the workshop is free, you will need to reserve a spot if you wish to attend. CLICK HERE to let me know you want to attend.