AUSTRALIAN POETRY SLAM
THE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMING WRITERS' PROGRAM
Speak, scream, howl, whisper, or sing your words
Are You Australia’s next spoken word Slam Champion?
Australian Poetry Slam is a live literary performance competition where the audience is the judge. With a nationwide round of 50 heats, the best slammers will compete to win the National Poetry Slam Final, which was held last year at the Sydney Opera House. The ultimate prize? An all expenses paid international tour, performing at the Byron Writers Festival and the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali.
APS is brought to you by Word Travels, the international performing writers centre. As well as APS, Word Travels delivers spoken word events throughout the year including: Story-Fest, Multilingual Poetry Slam, The Rumble and bespoke events and workshops for schools, companies and organisations.
history of the Australian Poetry Slam
APS first began in 2005 and has since then grown into an internationally renowned national poetry slam. APS has presented over 1 000 spoken word artists, bringing their words from all corners of the globe to an audience of over 20 000 within the Asia-Pacific region. As one of the largest initiatives of Word Travels, APS touches rural and urban communities in Australia, China, Indonesia and New Zealand, inspiring a love of poetry and catapulting spoken word artists onto an international stage.
Last year, the National Poetry Slam Final took place on 15 October at Sydney Opera House as part of Story-Fest 2017, where Solli Raphael and Jesse Oliver were crowned the first ever Co-Champions.
This year, APS Poetry Slam heats will begin in June through until the finals in October.
Catch the raw and witty, vulnerable and downright gritty voices of the world's best wordsmiths, live.