Australian Poetry Slam

The Australian Poetry Slam is a national competition for spoken word artists. Anyone can enter. In 2017, 50 heats will be held in towns, cities and suburbs hold slam heats, in state and territory of Australia. Cafe's, libraries, festivals, community halls, pubs and clubs host these events. Audiences award scores to each poet. The favourite poet from each heat is eligible to compete at a regional or state poetry slam final. The best from each state and territory travel to Sydney, to perform for a packed out audience at the National Final. The national slam champion wins prizes and professional gigs.

Australian poetry slam for schools

 2016 Australian Poetry Slam Champion, Arielle Cottingham, teaching an APS school workshop

2016 Australian Poetry Slam Champion, Arielle Cottingham, teaching an APS school workshop

Word Travels brings you aps for schools!

Australian Poetry Slam for schools delivers practical, inspiring and engaging education programs to high schools throughout Australia. Each program is led and facilitated by professional performance poets.

Inspire - Poetry Slam Show

The Poetry Slam Show brings a leading spoken word artist to your school.  Their inspirational performance will have your students swapping rhymes in the halls and practising metaphors at lunch. 

After the performance there will be an in-depth discussion and Q&A where students will learn about the process of writing and performing poetry live. 

Length: 50 mins

Encourage - Poetry Slam Wordshop

Not your average writing workshop. With a focus on performance writing our Wordshops will get your students excited and engaged with the writing process.

Each student will create a new piece of poetry using their own experiences, community and identity as a source of inspiration. These workshops will teach your students new ways of expressing their creative ideas using live performance, writing techniques, and video references. 

Length: 2 hours
Group size: max. 20 students

Empower - School SLAM Event

The School Slam Event is the perfect combination of performance and workshop.

Your students will be inspired by the exhilarating poetry slam show followed by and interactive workshop in creative writing and performance. Finally, they will get to show off their new writing in their very own poetry slam competition.

Students will come away with hands-on and in-depth knowledge
of creative writing and performance techniques while also learning new skills and building confidence. 

Length: Full day
Group size: While there is a limit of 20 students for the workshop portion of the event we welcome larger audience groups for the performance and competition.

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If you have something else in mind for getting performance poetry into your school, don't hesitate to get in touch.

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phone: 02 9251 6871

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Australian Poetry Slam is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, as well as Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.