SA Slam Heat 1 goes off!!

A superb start to the 2018 Slam season at the State Library of South Australia with a near capacity crowd and 24 poets registering. Sadly that meant 4 missed out. With Alison Bennett – Performance Poet as guest and inspiration, 20 poets shared their words and gave us their all! Congratulations to Andrew Drake and Sarah Jane Justice who have booked their spots in the State Final. Thanks to our official photographer Lucinda Corin for the happy snaps. 


Poetry Slam SA 2018


The search is on to find Australia’s best spoken word poet!

Speak, howl, whisper or sing your original poem at the South Australian heats of the Australian Poetry Slam, an electric live event where the audience is the judge.

Following the very successful and inaugural Rumble SA slam program for poets 26 and under, Spoken Word SA is gearing up to kick off the South Australian component of the Australian Poetry Slam season with an official launch and its very first heat at 7pm Friday, 17th August at the State Library of South Australia.

Contestants are given two minutes to perform their original poem on stage at one of five heats scheduled to take place at different locations around metropolitan Adelaide during the August – September period.

The rules are simple. There are no props, no costumes, and no music allowed; just the poet and their words. Click here to read the full rules. Judges are selected at random from the audience.

The heat winners compete again at the SA Final, to be held this year at the Goodwood Institute (166a Goodwood Road, Goodwood). Always a popular event on the Spoken Word SA calendar, it has sold out in advance three years running.

The SA Final winner and runner up are then flown to Sydney to slug it out for over $10 000 in prizes and the coveted title of Australian Slam Poet 2018 at the Australian Poetry Slam National Showcase and Final hosted at the Sydney Opera House.

SA Heat 1 :: Friday 17th August
State Library of SA Institute Building, Cnr North Tce/ Kintore Ave, Adelaide
6.30pm sign up for 7:00pm start – $6 Admission

SA Heat 2 :: Saturday 25th August
Salisbury Institute, 17-19 Wiltshire Street, Salisbury
2.30pm sign up for 3:00pm start – $6 Admission

SA Heat 3 :: Saturday 1st September
Jive Nightclub, 181 Hindley Street, Adelaide
6.30pm sign up for 7:00pm start  – $6 Admission

SA Heat 4 ::Friday 7th September
Woodcroft Library, 175 Bains Road, Morphettvale
6.30pm sign up for 7:00pm start –  $6 Admission

SA Heat 5 ::Thursday 13th September
Kings Head Hotel, 357 King William Street, Adelaide
6.30pm sign up for 7:00pm start  – $6 Admission

SA State Final ::Thursday 20th September
Goodwood Institute Theatre, 166a Goodwood Road, Goodwood
Doors open 7.30pm for 8:00pm start – $20 Admission.
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RUMBLE SA Youth Slam ends on a high!

Well that’s that! The inaugural Rumble SA Youth Slam program is over.  Congratulations to all our finalists and all our poets along the way.  Our very first Rumble SA Youth Slam winner is Audrey Mason-Hyde!  Runner-up was Divya Jacob and Jill Saji came in third.

Thank you to everyone involved with The Rumble SA program. Thank you to Arts South Australia for the funding support as part of their Community Arts & Cultural Development program. Thank you to Writers SA and particularly Sarah Tooth for the ongoing support, City of Salisbury, SA, AustraliaState Library of South AustraliaAdelaide City LibrariesOnkaparinga Youth and Base 10Dymocks AdelaideCarclew and their fifth quarter program. We couldn’t have done this without the support of these organisations.
Then there were the wordsmiths who shared their experience and skills at the workshops and events – Manal YounusKultar AhluwaliaAshlee KarlarJason Marsiglia,, Tomas Ford and Nico. Thank you to Elysha Glaser for the great camera work on a very tight schedule. And without our volunteers we wouldn’t get anything done at all! Melissa LeaverIan Gibbins and Michael Hier for their help and support, above and beyond just being ‘volunteers’ at times. And all the poets and artists who braved the mic and stepped onto the stage.  The future indeed looks bright!

Zohab Zee Kahn at Jive

Zohab Zee Khan is one of the absolute very best that Australian spoken word has to offer. This is his very first tour of Adelaide. One not to be missed!

Supported by
Kultar “Koolta” Ahluwalia (2016 Most Popular Hip Hop Artist – SA Music Awards).
Jason Marsiglia (wordsmith extraordinaire and SA Poetry Slam winner)

Jive Nightclub
181 Hindley Street
27th June
7 pm
$15.00 entry

Zohab Khan is an educator, poet and multidisciplinary artist. Since 2006, Zohab has been building a formidable career in spoken word poetry, culminating in taking out the title of the Australian Poetry Slam Champion in 2014. As a poet, motivational speaker, didgeridoo player, and hip-hop artist, Zohab has performed and conducted workshops at venues and festivals in over 20 countries across the world. In 2015 he co-founded of The Pakistan Poetry Slam. As an 4th generation Australian of Pakistani heritage and having been raised inrural NSW, Zohab has channelled his distinct life experiences into stories with the intent to educate. He seamlessly integrates Urdu and Punjabi into his work as he confronts a range of issues from racism to inequality and socio-economic disparities. Zohab’s high energy and powerful words have left countless inspired.

Kultar Ahluwalia has achieved success as hip hop artist “Koolta” including 2016 Most Popular Hip Hop Artist (SA Music Awards), Clipsal 500 Bands On Track Winner 2015, Clip it! Winner 2012, Unearthed Parklife Winner 2012, Hilltops Hoods Initiative Winner 2011, sold out album launches, radio play on JJJ and community radio. He has been involved in over 30 Australian music releases from artists including Allday and Purpose. Daydream Fever, his the latest incarnation, is an evolution in sound, blending a wide range of genres from hip hop to punk to soul to electronica. Ahluwalia is at the helm of all these sounds handling the production, the instrumentation, the songwriting and the vocals. Ahluwalia is also heavily involved in the community having facilitated poetry, songwriting and music production workshops for DECD and independent schools and local councils (City of Marion, City Of Onkaparinga).

Jason Marsiglia is a performer, writer and queer arts advocate. He represented South Australia at the 2015 and 2016 National Poetry Slams, held at the Sydney Opera House. In 2015, he was the national runner up. Jason regularly performs at spoken word events around Adelaide and interstate. He is motivated and empowered by the opportunity to present a slice of one’s soul to an audience through performance poetry.

RUMBLE SA Slam showcase events


The Rumble SA is a new youth poetry slam initiative from Spoken Word SA, the organisation behind the SA leg of the National Poetry Slam and its immensely popular (and much more informal) sister event, the Summer Slam. In conjunction with Arts South Australia, The Rumble SA aims to mentor young poets (aged 26 and under) by expanding their knowledge of and strengthening their skills in the art of spoken word performance and slam poetry.

The Rumble SA represents a significant opportunity to empower young people to make themselves heard on a major stage and share with the world the things that are most important to them. After a series of workshops, The Rumble SA offers participants and the wider arts community an opportunity to showcase their work at a series of poetry slam performance events culminating in a final at Carclew Youth Arts on Friday 15th June.

Here are the dates and locations of the 4 heats and final:

Heat 1
Saturday, 19 May
Salisbury Institute
17/19 Wilshire Street, Salisbury
2.30pm,  FREE entry
Guest Poet : Jason Marsiglia

Heat 2
Saturday, 26 May
Dymocks Bookstore
Rundle Mall Adelaide
5.30pm, FREE entry
Guest Poet: Ashlee Karlar

Heat 3
Friday, 1 June 
State Library of South Australia
North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide
6.30pm, FREE entry
Guest Poet: Nico

Heat 4
Friday, 8 June
Base 10 (Reynella Youth Centre)
10 Main South Road, Reynella
6:00pm,  FREE entry
Guest Poet: Koolta

Friday, 15 June
Carclew Youth Arts
11 Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide
6.30pm,  $10 entry
Guest: Tomas Ford 

Click here to read the rules for these events which follow the National Poetry Slam Rules which you can read here.