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.

New South Wales poetry slam Heats 2018

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NSW Contact

Word Travels
Phone: 02 9251 6871
Email: info@wordtravels.info
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KATOOMBA

POETRY SLAM HEAT
Date: Thursday 21st June
Time: 7pm (Registration - 6.30pm)
Venue: Katoomba Library, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
Address: 30 Parke St, Katoomba NSW
Contact: Katoomba Library - bmlibrary@bmcc.nsw.gov.au
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Bathurst

POETRY SLAM WORKSHOP
Date: 
Friday 22nd June
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Cost: $20 (Includes entry into Slam)
Venue: Bathurst City Library
Address: 70-78 Keppel St, Bathurst NSW 2795
Contact: Kylie Shead - kylie.shead@bathurst.nsw.gov.au
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POETRY SLAM HEAT
Date:
Friday 22nd June
Time: 7pm (Registration - 6.30pm)
Cost: $5
Venue: Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Address: 105 William St, Bathurst NSW 2795
Contact: Kylie Shead - kylie.shead@bathurst.nsw.gov.au
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NEWTOWN

POETRY SLAM WORKSHOP (Youth)
Date:
Sunday 22nd July
Time: 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Venue: Newtown Library
Address: 8-10 Brown St, Newtown NSW
Contact: Gareth Jenkins - gjenkins@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
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POETRY SLAM HEAT (Youth)
Date: Sunday 22nd July
Time: 7.30pm (Registration - 7pm)
Venue: Newtown Library
Address: 8-10 Brown St, Newtown NSW
Contact: Gareth Jenkins - gjenkins@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
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BYRON BAY

POETRY SLAM HEAT
Date: Saturday 4th August
Time: 6pm (Registration - 5.30pm)
Venue: Byron Bay Library
Address: Corner of Lawson and Middleton Streets, Byron Bay NSW
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COFFS HARBOUR

POETRY SLAM HEAT
Date: Tuesday 7th August
Time: 6pm (Registration - 5.30pm)
Venue: Harry Bailey Memorial Library
Address: Corner of Coff & Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour NSW
Contact: Cat Turner - catherine.turner@chcc.nsw.gov.au
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TAMWORTH

POETRY SLAM HEAT
Date:
Wednesday 8th August
Time: 6pm (Registration - 5.30pm)
Venue: Tamworth City Library
Address: 466 Peel Street, Tamworth NSW 2340
Contact: Shiralee Franks - s.franks@tamworth.nsw.gov.au
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KEMPSEY

POETRY SLAM WORKSHOP
Date:
Thursday 9th August
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Venue: Kempsey Library
Address: Corner of Elbow & Tozer streets, West Kempsey NSW 2440
Contact: Yvette McAlister - Yvette.McAlister@kempsey.nsw.gov.au
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POETRY SLAM HEAT
Date: Thursday 9th August
Time: 5pm (Registration - 4.30pm)
Venue: Kempsey Library
Address: Corner of Elbow & Tozer streets, West Kempsey NSW 2440
Contact: Yvette McAlister - Yvette.McAlister@kempsey.nsw.gov.au
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Sydney CBD

POETRY SLAM HEAT
Co-presented by City Recital Hall as part of Open House
Date: Thursday 9th August
Time: 6.30pm (Registration - 6pm)
Venue: City Recital Hall (foyer)
Address: 2 Angel Place, Sydney NSW 2000
Contact: info@cityrecitalhall.com
Website - cityrecitalhall.com

GOSFORD

POETRY SLAM WORKSHOP
Date:
Saturday 11th August
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Venue: The Lounge Room
Address: 342 Mann St, Gosford NSW
Contact: Will Small - will@mmad.org.au
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POETRY SLAM HEAT
Date: Saturday 11th August
Time: 7.30pm (Registration - 7pm)
Venue: The Lounge Room
Address: 342 Mann St, Gosford NSW
Contact: Will Small - will@mmad.org.au
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Blacktown

POETRY SLAM WORKSHOP
Date:
Thursday 9th August
Time: 10am - 12pm
Venue: The Mount Druitt Hub
Address: 9 Ayres Grove, Mt Druitt NSW 2770
Contact: To attend, please contact Barbara on barbara.hillman@blacktown.nsw.gov.au or 9839 6625.
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POETRY SLAM HEAT
Date:
Friday 24th August
Time: 6pm - 8pm (Registration - 5.30pm)
Venue: The Mount Druitt Hub
Address: Ayres Grove, Mt Druitt NSW 2770
Contact: Barbara Hillman - Barbara.Hillman@blacktown.nsw.gov.au
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Hawkesbury

POETRY SLAM WORKSHOP - CANCELLED
Date: Saturday 18th August
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Venue: Hawkesbury Regional Gallery
Address: 300 George St, Deerubbin Centre (1st Floor), Windsor NSW 2756
 

POETRY SLAM HEAT - CANCELLED
Date:
Saturday 18th August
Time: 6pm (5.30pm registration)
Venue: Hawkesbury Regional Gallery
Address: 300 George St, Deerubbin Centre (1st Floor), Windsor NSW 2756
 

QUEANBEYAN

POETRY SLAM WORKSHOP
Date:
Friday 31st August
Time: 2pm
Venue: Queanbeyan City Library
Address: 6 Rutledge Street, Queanbeyan NSW 2620
Contact: Elizabeth Bott - Elizabeth.Bott@qprc.nsw.gov.au
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POETRY SLAM HEAT
Date: Friday 31st August
Time: 6pm (Registration - 5.30pm)
Address: 146/148 Monaro St Queanbeyan NSW 2620
Contact: Elizabeth Bott - Elizabeth.Bott@qprc.nsw.gov.au
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DOUBLE BAY

POETRY SLAM WORKSHOP
Date:
Tuesday 4th September
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: Woollahra Library at Double Bay
Address: 451 New South Head Rd, Double Bay NSW
Contact: Jenn Martin - jenn.martin@woollahra.nsw.gov.au
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POETRY SLAM HEAT
Date: Wednesday 5th September
Time: 6pm - 8pm (Registration - 5.30pm)
Venue: Woollahra Library at Double Bay
Address: 451 New South Head Rd, Double Bay NSW
Contact: Jenn Martin - jenn.martin@woollahra.nsw.gov.au
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ALBURY

POETRY SLAM WORKSHOP
Date:
Thursday 6th September
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: Albury Library Museum
Address: 540 Kiewa St, Albury NSW
Contact: Ann-Maree Ellis - aellis@alburycity.nsw.gov.au
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POETRY SLAM HEAT
Date: Friday 7th September
Time: 7.30pm (Registration - 7pm)
Venue: Albury Library Museum
Address: 540 Kiewa St, Albury NSW
Contact: Ann-Maree Ellis - aellis@alburycity.nsw.gov.au
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GRANVILLE

POETRY SLAM HEAT
Date: Tuesday 11th September
Time: 7pm (Registration - 6.30pm)
Venue: Granville Community Baptist Church
Address: 104 South Street, Granville, New South Wales, Australia 2142
Contact: Troy Wong - troy.gh.w@gmail.com
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CANADA BAY

POETRY SLAM WORKSHOP
Date:
Friday 7th September
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: Five Dock Library
Address: Level 1, 4-12 Garfield St, Five Dock NSW 2046
Contact: Claude Broomhead - claude.broomhead@canadabay.nsw.gov.au
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POETRY SLAM HEAT
Date: Friday 14th September
Time: 7pm (Registration - 6.30pm)
Venue: Concord Library
Address: 60 Flavelle St, Concord NSW
Contact: Claude Broomhead - claude.broomhead@canadabay.nsw.gov.au
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ROCKDALE

POETRY SLAM WORKSHOP (Youth)
Date:
Thursday 12th July
Time: 10am - 12pm
Venue: Rockdale Library
Address: 444-446 Princes Highway, Rockdale NSW 2216
Contact: Heike Ohrmann - heike.ohrmann@bayside.nsw.gov.au
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POETRY SLAM HEAT (All ages)
Date:
Saturday 15th September
Time: 2pm - 4pm (Registration - 1.30pm)
Venue: Rockdale Library
Address: 444-446 Princes Highway, Rockdale NSW 2216
Contact: Natalie Funston - natalie.funston@bayside.nsw.gov.au
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GREEN SQUARE

POETRY SLAM WORKSHOP (Youth)
Date:
Sunday 16th September
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Venue: Green Square Library
Address: 355 Botany Road, Zetland NSW 2017
Contact: Gareth Jenkins - Gjenkins@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
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POETRY SLAM HEAT (Youth)
Date:
 Sunday 16th September
Time: 4pm (Registration3.30pm)
Venue: Green Square Library
Address: 355 Botany Road, Zetland NSW 2017
Contact: Gareth Jenkins - Gjenkins@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
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WOLLONGONG

POETRY SLAM HEAT
Date: Thursday 27th September
Time: 7pm (Registration - 6.30pm)
Venue: TBC
Address: TBC
Contact: Lorin Reid - enoughsaidpoetryslam@gmail.com
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SURRY HILLS

POETRY SLAM HEAT
Date:
Thursday 4th October
Time: 7.30pm (Registration - 7pm)
Venue: Surry Hills Library
Address: 405 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Contact: Gareth Jenkins - gjenkins@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
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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.