Well that’s it for the 2017 SA Poetry Slam! Congrats to winner Andrew Drake and runner-up Chiara Gabrielli. They are both off to Sydney Opera House to compete in the National Poetry Slam. Congratulations to all the other finalists – Kachol Banok, Alison Bennett, Melody Chen, Nigel Ford, Mika Friebel, Sarah Pearce, Nina Phillips and Caroline Reid – as well as big cheers to everyone who competed in the heats, the fantastic audiences who came along and cheered, the sponsors, volunteers and supporters who keep the whole thing going. Kami was MC for the night as well as sacrificial poet, and Ian Gibbins did the guest poet spot.
Now we have the full list of competitors for the 2017 SA Poetry Slam Final.
Friday 22nd September, 7:30 – 10:00pm.
Goodwood Institute Theatre
166 Goodwood Road, Goodwood.
$20 plus booking fee, but get in fast, tickets sell out quickly!!
It’s a great line up featuring Kachol Banok, Alison Bennett, Melody Chen, Andrew Drake, Nigel Ford, Mika Friebel, Chiara Gabrielli, Sarah Pearce, Nina Phillips and Caroline Reid.
The heat finalists go head to head for $600 in cash prizes and the two spots in the national final of the Australian Poetry Slam held at the Sydney Opera House (the prizes include airfares and accommodation.)
The guest poet this year is Ian Gibbins who will be backing his words with his own electronic music. See what he does at www.iangibbins.com.au.
Heat 5 of the SA Slam was a fitting way to finish the heats: hot poets, great crowd, fantastic venue. Congrats to winner, Nina Phillips and runner-up, Caroline Reid, both of whom will be in the State Final. Book your tickets soon: they sell out fast!! Thanks also to guests Juno and sacrificial poet, Nikki Baumann.
Heat 4 of the SA Slam kept up the amazing standard of this year’s competition. Congrats to winner, Chiara Gabrielli and runner-up, Nigel Ford, both of whom will be in the State Final. Book your tickets soon: they sell out fast!! Thanks also to guests Street Owls and sacrificial poet, Nico.
Another great night of high quality performances, a capacity crowd, and a stunning set by guest poet, Nico! Congrats to winner, Alison Bennett, and runner-up, Mika Friebel, who are off to the State Final. Book your tickets soon: they sell out fast!!
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.