SWSA supports Women in Arts Workplace Safety

SWSA is proud to support and adopt the recently released statement on Women in the Arts Workplace Safety.

With others in the arts community, we believe:

  • it is time for zero tolerance of sexual harassment, violence, entitlement, and sexist and transphobic behaviours and language.
  • the arts are not special and there is never a circumstance where someone should feel unsafe or silenced in the creation of art.
  • we 100% support and believe the brave people who have reported their experiences, whether publicly, privately or anonymously.

Click here to read the full statement


Poetry and Feminism Workshop @ The Fringe

Poetry and feminism have always gone hand in hand as a tool to empower women.

Join us in challenging ideas of the ‘weaker sex’ by examining some feminist poetry – then brainstorming some of your own.

All ages and genders welcome. Writing prompts and lollies provided.

Thursday 8th March
Fringe Club
Rymill Park/Murlawirrapurka, Adelaide, South Australia

Got Questions? Contact artists[at]adelaidefringe[dot]com[dot]au or give us a call on 8100 2022.

Click here for the Facebook event.


A Sweet Farewell To Dymocks Dead Poets Society


It’s come time to say thank you for the great fun journey, but goodbye and farewell (at least for now) to DymocksDead Poets Society live events run by Spoken Word SA at Dymocks in Rundle Mall. Keep an eye out for the odd one-off event at Dymocks but this series, as it stands, has come to an end…

It’s been an incredible run starting back on the 27th of June 2013 with a tribute to Sylvia Plath. So many great poets paid tribute to, so many legendary locals hitting the mic to showcase their favourite artists and their own original work. And so many of you – the audience – who made it all possible and all worthwhile.

Thank you so very much from Spoken Word SA and from Mandy and all at Dymocks Adelaide.

Thanks too go to those very people at Dymocks who supported the event with the effort of setting up and packing up the venue each month, donating raffle prizes, the food and the no small amount of wine that was consumed over the years.

But fear not. Live poetry continues to flourish. And the range of poetry in Dymocks Adelaide is bigger and better than ever…

Click here to see a list of Dead Poets Society sessions.

Summer Slam 2018 Winners!!



A great Summer Slam season – familiar faces, veterans of the spoken word game and some fresh new talent stepping up at all of the heats provided us with some stunning new work and new faces that you will definitely be hearing more from.  The final at Jive saw us entertained by Eugene Phoa‘s songs and Andrew Drake‘s words before our ten finalists hit the stage and provided the audience with plenty to think about and enjoy.

Congratulations to everyone who shared their work this summer but of course there can only be one winner (and a second and third!)

Well done to Jason Marsiglia for taking the Summer Slam 2018 Crown and to Caroline Reid in second and Wanling Liu in third.

There’s a lot more happening at Spoken Word SA so stay tuned. Sign-up to receive email notification of new posts as they appear.


Summer Slam 2018: Final!

Saturday, 3rd February, 2018. 

Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide.

Doors open 7:00pm, $10 entry.

The 2018 Summer Slam FINAL is here. After three heats we are left with ten finalists ready to battle it out for slam gold at the have-a-go, all about the fun ‘off-season’ Spoken Word SA poetry slam. And with a professional wrestling inspired name what else would you expect?

With a guest spot from ANDREW DRAKE; the 2017 S.A. state winner of the Australian Poetry Slam which saw him go on to perform at the nationals in the Sydney Opera House. Andrew has also been a state finalist on three previous occasions and has recently been published by Ginninderra Press.

The night will open with some tunes from EUGENE PHOA; a singer-songwriter from Adelaide, Australia. Disillusioned with a career in advertising, he left to embark on a year-long journey of self-discovery that brought him through India and Thailand and back to music. Raw, punchy and powerful, his original music fuses soul-igniting anthems and heartfelt ballads with soaring vocals and lyrical shots of truth.

The exact same rules apply as in the national finals. This means nothing to be performed that was used in the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam or before. But it is a great chance to craft some material for next years competition. www.australianpoetryslam.com/rules/

Check out the poster for details, or click here or here for the Facebook event.