From Dorothy Porter to William Blake; Rumi to Ovid, Ono No Komachi to Ali Cobby Eckermann – poets of many stripes, and many eras, have shaped the life and work of iconic Australian musician and storyteller Paul Kelly. 

In 2019, Kelly released Love is Strong as Death, a curated anthology of his favourite poems. This wide-ranging and moving collection combines the ancient and the modern, the hallowed and the profane, the famous and the little known, to speak to two of literature’s great themes that have proven so powerful in his music: love and death – plus everything in between. 

Join us to celebrate the collection and Kelly’s recent video series of poetic readings and performances, presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre. Live at Malthouse Outdoor Stage, Kelly will recite and perform some of his favourite poems and discuss the indelible influence of poetry on his life and music.

The Wheeler Centre presents Paul Kelly: Love is Strong as Death on Malthouse Outdoor Stage.

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Malthouse Outdoor Stage is generously supported by the Sidney Myer Fund, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

Event & ticketing details

Performance Times

6.30pm, Mon 29 Mar


Full $34.00
First Nations FREE. Please see below to register

Event notes


60 minutes


No professional cameras/photography.


Wheelchair access is available for tables marked FLAT. Please note, tables marked as BAR STOOL and PIT are NOT appropriate for patrons with accessibility requirements. Please make a wheelchair booking here.


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Tickets are free for people who identify as First Nations. The ticket allocation has been exhausted.