Sarah Pearce: April Poet-in-Residence at the Adelaide City Library


Sarah Pearce is our special April 2018 Adelaide City Library Poet-in-Residence with her residency, Women Write Together.

This project is about women writing together, collaborating, borrowing, even stealing… Ever heard it and wished you’d written it? Ever deeply connected your own experiences to those described by a poet, a poem or a single line? Let’s do it! Let’s be inspired by Tempest, Bird, Plath, Smith, Dickinson and Sappho. Let’s borrow, build and converse, to create poems together, woven from multiple voices. Performance will also be collaborative, as we speak each others words.

In seeking to liberate and promote women’s voices, particularly the collaboration of those voices, these workshops are open to anybody who identifies as a woman or girl. I aim to create a safe space, wherein women are free to express themselves, to borrow from each other and to collaborate artistically. The focus of these workshops will be on women’s experience, both shared and individual, and women’s voices, from the past to the present.

Dates and times for workshops:

Friday 6 April                        6pm – 8pm 

Thursday 12 April                 3pm – 5pm 

Saturday 14 April                  1pm – 3pm  

Thursday 19 April                 10am – 12 midday  

Tuesday 24th April               4pm – 6pm 

Friday 27 April                       6pm – 7pm  (performance)

All at the Adelaide City Library, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall, Adelaide.

Click here for the Adelaide City Library Events Calendar.

Jennifer Eadie: Adelaide City Library Poet-in-Residence Project, January/February 2018

Workshop and Group Exhibition / I do not have a home 

Adelaide City Library Poet in Residence, Jennifer Eadie will work with workshop participants to create written and spoken poetry that will form part of a multimedia group exhibition to be held at the library during January – February 2018. The exhibition will showcase poetry produced by workshop participants – the exhibition will include an audio recording of each poem accompanied by a photographic portrait of poet and poem.

Each workshop will explore the connection between place and belonging / what it means to feel connected or disconnected to the ground your standing on / how do we create connection to a place that is not our home?The project defines poetry as words written from the heart. Workshops will explore free-verse, Dadaism, narrative,  lyrical, eco-poetics, and spoken-word approaches to writing poetry.

People of all ages and backgrounds are invited to attend one or all workshops. All materials will be provided.

Click here for dates and times of the workshop sessions and final presentation.

RSVP required. Workshops will run throughout January 2018:


Jennifer Eadie is a writer and artist who has worked in homeless refuges, universities, food rescue, animal and environmental rights organizations.  She recently moved to Adelaide.


Jennifer Eadie: our next Poet-in-Residence [NB: changed session times below…]

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’ ?”

Here are her sessions, all at the

Adelaide City Library, Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall:

Saturday, 13th January,  2.00 – 3.30pm

Thursday, 18th January,  3.30 – 5.30pm

Sunday, 28th January, DOUBLE SESSION ! 12.15 – 2.00pm then 2.30 – 4.30pm

Monday, 29th January, 3.00 – 5.00pm

Saturday, 3rd February, 11.30am – 1.30pm


Exhibition Launch + Presentation

Wednesday, 7th February 4.00 – 4.45pm

Stay tuned for more details!


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.


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: