Huge news for the young poets and spoken word artists of South Australia!

The Rumble SA is a youth poetry slam initiative from Spoken Word SA aiming to mentor, expand and strengthen the art of spoken word performance and slam poetry amongst younger artists (26 and under) in South Australia. And the actual slams are just one part of the deal!

It is most importantly about a dedicated series of workshops aimed at sharpening the skills of both developing and brand new young artists. A diverse skill set is needed to be an accomplished spoken word performer. Developing such a skill set in young performers is the primary aim of The Rumble SA program.

Spoken Word SA will specifically target aspiring young performance poets with a sequence of workshops led by experienced spoken word artists. Under the mentors’ guidance participants will develop skills in writing, editing and performing their work and be encouraged to create new work that can be developed, critiqued and rehearsed in the workshop environment. The Rumble SA will then offer participants and the wider arts community as a whole an opportunity to showcase their work at a series of poetry slam performance events.

Venues, dates and times will all be announced very soon. Keep in touch for more on this massive new project.

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.