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.


Summer Slam 2018: Final!

Saturday, 3rd February, 2018. 

Jive, 181 Hindley St, Adelaide.

Doors open 7:00pm, $10 entry.

The 2018 Summer Slam FINAL is here. After three heats we are left with ten finalists ready to battle it out for slam gold at 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?

With a guest spot from ANDREW DRAKE; the 2017 S.A. state winner of the Australian Poetry Slam which saw him go on to perform at the nationals in the Sydney Opera House. Andrew has also been a state finalist on three previous occasions and has recently been published by Ginninderra Press.

The night will open with some tunes from EUGENE PHOA; a singer-songwriter from Adelaide, Australia. Disillusioned with a career in advertising, he left to embark on a year-long journey of self-discovery that brought him through India and Thailand and back to music. Raw, punchy and powerful, his original music fuses soul-igniting anthems and heartfelt ballads with soaring vocals and lyrical shots of truth.

The exact same rules apply as in 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. www.australianpoetryslam.com/rules/

Check out the poster for details, or click here or here for the Facebook event.


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: http://www.cityofadelaide.com.au/your-community/library-services/programs-and-events/event-details/poet-in-residence-jennifer-eadie-i-do-not-have-a-home


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.