2014 sees the debut of One Night Wonders, a series of top-class spoken word shows to run in Melbourne throughout 2014. Four headline acts from Australia and overseas will perform full-length solo shows that will be recorded, mastered and released as live albums. This way we’ll capture the best writing from four illustrious careers, along with the live atmosphere that gives so much vitality to stories, poetry and spoken word.

Small audiences can be part of this live recording, in a series of up-close performances in the plush Mission to Seafarers Chapel on Flinders Street. There’s a bar, a courtyard, a garden, the occasional sailor, and support acts to get each evening going. Supported by the City of Melbourne, entry at the door is by donation (from zero dollars up), or seats can be pre-booked for a fee. Given the small venue, booking is a good idea.