Summer Slam 2018!

It’s back. 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? It’s all about newbies and the oldies with new material.

Three heats and a final. Each heat will see three people go through to the final and to round out the ten finalists there will be a ‘Spoken Word SA wildcard’ who also gets through.

The exact same rules as 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.

Heat 1: Saturday 6th January. Brick City Bar.
73 Grenfell Street ($6 entry). 7.30pm sign up for 8.00 start.

Heat 2: Saturday 20th January. Southwark Hotel.
77 Port Road, Thebarton. (a FREE tram trip out of the city) ($6 entry) 7.30pm sign up for 8.00 start.

Heat 3: Saturday 27th January. Broadcast Bar.
66A Grote Street ($6 entry). 7.30pm sign up for 8.00 start.

Summer Slam Final: Saturday 3rd February. Jive Nightclub.
181 Hindley Street. ($10 entry) 7.30pm door open for 8.30 start.

Jennifer Eadie: our next Poet-in-Residence

Congratulations to Jennifer Eadie who will be our next Poet-in-Residence at the Adelaide City Library.

Jennifer’s residency is titled: “I do not have a home”. 

“This project then, begins with the question: when an individual does not feel like they belong to anywhere, any culture, where does this leave them? Focusing on the question of belonging – what are the components that allows one to say: ‘I am home’ ?”

However due to time constraints, that Christmas holiday thing, and work commitments, her residency will now happen in January 2018.  More details and dates will follow.

Thank you to all the poets who applied in 2017 and to our 2017 resident poets, Sarah Jane Justice, Ashlee Karlar and Nico for their great work.


Dymocks “Dead Poets Society”: Clive James featuring Bronwyn Lovell

Brick City Bar
73 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
(access via Coromandel Place)


Thursday 23rd November, 6:00 pm.


Time for another ‘alive and kicking’ poet to pay tribute to Clive James. This month the tribute will be presented by Adelaide based poet, Bronwyn Lovell.


Free entry, book raffle, and a limited open mic where you can perform one poem from Clive James and one of your own influenced by the artist.


Vivian Leopold James, AO, CBE, FRSL (born 7 October 1939), known as Clive James, is an Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist, best known for his autobiographical series Unreliable Memoirs, for his chat shows and documentaries on British television and for his prolific journalism. James has lived and worked in the United Kingdom since 1962. He is famously a bon vivant, noted for his warm, insightful humour and wry outlook. – Wikipedia


Brick City Bar

Dymocks Dead Poets Society: John Keats presented by David Mortimer



Thursday October 19th.

6:00 – 8:30pm

Dymocks, Rundle Mall.

The poetry slam is done so time to get back to the Dead Poets Society, specifically the English Romantic poet John Keats.

This month our tribute will be presented by Adelaide based poet, David Mortimer.

Free entry, book raffle, and a limited open mic where you can perform one poem from John Keats and one of your own influenced by the artist.

John Keats (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his works having been in publication for only four years before his death at age 25 in the year 1821. (Wikipedia).

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