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.

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SA Poetry Slam - State Final

  • Goodwood Institute Theatre 166A Goodwood Road Goodwood, SA, 5034 Australia (map)

Doors open 7:30pm for 8pm start.

Venue: Goodwood Institute Theatre
166 Goodwood Road, Adelaide SA

Cost: $20 - book here

Feature: Ian Gibbins

Poets have 2 minutes to speak, scream, howl, whisper or sing their original poem for a chance at state and national glory.

The competition has been incredible again this year and the final promises to be huge and of the highest quality. Ten heat finalists go head to head for $600 in cash prizes and the two spots in the national final of the Australian Poetry Slam (including airfares and accommodation.)

The guest poet this year is Ian Gibbins; "an Adelaide poet, working across diverse forms, including electronic music, digital media, and video."

Contact: Daniel Watson and Kami McInnes


Earlier Event: September 22
VIC Poetry Slam State Final
Later Event: September 23
NSW Rockdale Poetry Slam Heat
Australia Council for the Arts
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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.