November City Library Poet-in-Residence: apply now!

The SWSA Poet in Residence Program has one more residency left for 2017 in November.  Poets will be given 12 hours over their allocated month to work from a studio space provided within the library, and will additionally create at least one opportunity to present or perform their work. Chosen participants will be paid for their involvement.

All ideas and applications are welcome. Poetry might be written, spoken, and/or expressed in another form. To get your brains thinking: facilities in the library can include access to internet, access to media lab (thinking audio recording?), projectors (2 projectors in one space!), pin-up and whiteboard walls (for spontaneous scribblings, or something interactive perhaps?).

Applications are open NOW.

Contact Spoken Word SA for an application form by emailing

or click here for an on-line form, more info and examples of previous residencies.

The Spoken Word SA Poet in Residence Program is made possible through a partnership with Adelaide City Council City Library.

Brainstorming with Nico

Adelaide City Library

Francis Street, off Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Saturday, 2nd September

2:00 – 3:00 pm


By running a series of open discussions (‘Brainstorms’) and workshops, our Adelaide City Library August Poet In Residence Nico hoped to encourage the public to trust that anyone can be a poet – all you need is something to say, and a playful way to say it!

Her Brainstorming sessions tackled the following ideas:

  • What is poetry, and who writes it? When do words become poetry? Where do we find inspiration?
  • What makes your message important? What makes some poems ‘more powerful’ than others? Is it the influence of society upon art forms, or the art’s commentary on societal influences that makes it profound?
  • So what about sound, rhyme, and rhythm in writing? Is there percussion in poetry?
  • Where do different art forms overlap? What does “that was pure poetry” mean when used in reference to something other than poetry (art, music, scenery, people)?
  • When does written word, read aloud, become redefined as ‘spoken word’? What’s in the power of performance.

Now it is time for the final presentation and performance. An opportunity to see and share what came out of the brainstorm sessions!

New works, new words, new ideas.

Click here for more details.

Nico: Poet-in-Residence at Adelaide City Library

In partnership with Adelaide City Library, Spoken Word SA presents our August Poet In Residence – Nico with her project Brainstorms.

“By running a series of open discussions (‘Brainstorms’), followed by related workshops, I hope to encourage the public to trust that anyone can be a poet — all you need is something to say, and a playful way to say it! This will be a no-pressure, all-welcome series of events exploring some of the ideas and challenges behind writing poetry, with the aim to provoke a more inquisitive and experimental approach to the way we write.”

Click here for details of events on our Event Calendar.

Check out the vid below to see Nico in action:


Ashlee Spalding: City Library Poet-in-Residence for May and June

Ashlee Spalding and the Power of Words.

Our Poet-in-Residence at Adelaide City Library during May and June.

Exploring the relationship between words and how they effect us, you will be invited to write down and share some of your stories, record some media, and get involved in a few other activities highlighting the positive and negative consequences of the things we say.

Here is Ashlee’s schedule:

Collaborative Workshop Sessions (note changed times for the 19th June session!)

Keep an eye on our Events List and Facebook pages for details.