Emelia Haskey: Poetry workshops and performance at Adelaide City Library

Emelia Haskey at the 2020 SA Poetry Slam State Final

What keeps us together when we are so far apart? How do we stay connected with our bodies, with nature, with loved ones and the world when we are required to keep a distance? 

Join us at the City Library for a series of engaging workshops with Poet in Residence Emelia Haskey. Emelia will allow you to engage and discover the beauty of poetry by exploring ideas of togetherness and connection with a range of fun activities, thoughtful prompts and mindful discussions. These workshops are free and accessible for poetry-curious, budding poets and experienced poets alike. All are welcome to join and explore a shared loved of the spoken and written word.

Bookings required for workshops and the poetry slam. 

No bookings required to participate in the poetry project (22 May).

Click here and follow the links to book your sessions.

All sessions at:
City Library
Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall 
Adelaide SA 5000


Saturday 1 May, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Workshop: Not your Grandma’s Poetry
Join us at the City Library for the first in a series of workshops with Poet in Residence Emelia Haskey. Explore what it means to connect through poetry with a series of games and prompts designed to get you thinking and writing. All are welcome. 

Wednesday 5 May, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Workshop: Playing with Poetry
This week in our poetry workshop, you will examine literature and experiment with wordplay to create fun individual and group poetry.


Saturday 8 May, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Poetry Workshop: Bodies of Work
How has our relationship with our bodies changed since the pandemic? In this workshop, you will explore connections with your body – healthy, sick, vaccinated or otherwise – and how this has evolved.


Wednesday 12 May, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Workshop: Poetry in a Plague Year
In our final workshop at City Library, Poet in Residence Emelia Haskey will lead activities and discussions on personal experiences of the pandemic. You will then have the opportunity to present some slam poetry to the group in preparation for a slam poetry performance.


Saturday 22 May, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Poetry Project
Jump in and contribute to a collaborate poem with our Poet in Residence Emelia Haskey! No bookings required.


Friday 4 June, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Pandemic Poetry Slam
Join us at the City Library for this pandemic poetry slam, where budding poets will perform their poetry with Poet in Residence Emelia Haskey.

Contact Details – City Library
Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall 
Adelaide SA 5000
8203 7990
library@cityofadelaide.com.au

Spoken Word SA 2021 Poet in Residence Program at City Library – Round 2 Applications now open

A reminder that the Spoken Word SA Poet in Residence Program at the City Library Rundle Place is continuing in 2021. Whilst Emelia Haskey is our first 2021 resident poet there is still an opportunity to apply for the second residency in June/July.

The Poet in Residence will be given 16 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 for Round 2 2021 are open NOW. You can apply by one of the following options:

• Contacting Spoken Word SA for an application form by emailing saspokenword@gmail.com.
• Downloading guidelines and application forms here.
Completing the on-line application form below.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE at 5pm Sunday 9th May 2021.

Please make sure you read the guidelines and selection criteria before making your application.

Overview of the program

A 16 hour Residency will take place during April and again in June at the City Library, Rundle Place, Adelaide (Level 3, entry off Francis St). Before applying, we encourage you to explore the space and facilities and see what our other residents have done with the opportunity in the past.

Each chosen resident will receive:

  • 16 hours of studio space at the City Library over a period of six consecutive weeks (e.g. 4hrs per week for 4 consecutive weeks) during the library’s opening hours. Please ensure you are available for the full 16 hours. Note: The studio gives you a base but you are welcome to use the entire library in consultation with the Library Programs Staff.
  • Residency will be promoted through the City of Adelaide and Spoken Word SA networks.

Poet In Residence Guidelines

  • Present a public event in the library (e.g. performance, artist talk, workshop, exhibition,showcase).
  • Family friendly content (PG rated – suitable for public space).
  • Promotion of residency and any included event through the artist’s networks.
  • Work with City Library to establish a schedule of hours and mutual agreement around useof space. The Poet in Residence will need to agree to abide by all City Library guidelines and policies to be outlined in an MOU.
  • ABN required for payment. If you don’t have one, it’s quick and easy to obtain. More information available from Spoken Word SA.

Selection Criteria

  • Incorporating some aspect of spoken word (open to all forms and interpretations).
  • Engagement with the library community and patrons.
  • Use of library facilities (e.g. catalogue, media lab, library spaces, History Hub, engagementwith patrons etc).
  • Creation of new work. The library will require the production of new work to add to their digital collections. This could include writing, audio, video, photographs, etc.
  • You are free to define and redefine poetry and the way libraries are used.
  • An approach that requires new ways of thinking and engaging will be looked upon favourably.

The Spoken Word SA Poet in Residence Program is made possible through a partnership with the City of Adelaide and Adelaide Libraries. Spoken Word SA is responsible for administrating the program and can be contacted with any arising issues or questions. Please note that Spoken Word SA will process and recommend the applications but the City of Adelaide and Adelaide Libraries will make the final choice.

The Constellation Project: special call-out

The Constellation Project is a collaboration between Australian Red Cross, Centre for Social Impact, Mission Australia, and PwC Australia. It delivers practical solutions that are co-designed with first nations people & those who have lived experience of homelessness. The project brings together a cross-sector, national network to accelerate practical ideas to end homelessness.

“We know that vulnerable young people, such as those with a history of traumatic family experiences or involvement in the criminal justice system, are significantly more likely than their peers to experience homelessness… [We]  … aim that no young Australian aged 17-24 will end up homeless after leaving the custody of youth justice and / or out of home care… We do this by exploring gaps in the system as well as prototyping and accelerating potential solutions via a social lab, an innovative approach to solving complex social challenges.”

Their current project “Better Journeys” social lab kicks off on: 
Monday 12 April and Tuesday 13 April 2021
in PwC’s  office
Level 11/70 Franklin Street, Adelaide. 
Approximately 50 attendees ranging from government, private business, academics and non-government agencies are attending.

Many lived experience voices have been integrated into the project and the kick-off event itself. But to hear another lived experience voice through spoken word would be a powerful way to capture yet another voice and support their art form. 

The project is looking for a person who may have experienced some form of out of home care, had contact with the youth justice system or experienced a form of homelessness and comfortable to share their experience/point of view through spoken word for a few minutes.

If you think you meet these criteria and would like to take part in the project, please fill in the Expression of Interest form below. Any information entered there will remain confidential to the organisers.

Click here to find out more about The Constellation Project.

Emelia Haskey: 1st Adelaide City Libraries Poet in Residence for 2021.

Emelia Haskey at the 2020 SA Poetry Slam State Final

Spoken Word SA in partnership with Adelaide City Libraries are very pleased to announce our next Poet In Residence is Emelia Haskey who will be looking at the effects of COVID-19 on community and connection.

Emelia says, “As we slowly recover from the ravages of a global pandemic, it is important to acknowledge what keeps us connected when we are so far apart. I want to discover how we stay connected with our bodies, our loved ones, nature, and the world at large when we are required to stay distant. How does our relationship with our parents change when we can only visit them through the glass in a nursing home? When do we need to disconnect from the news or social media? Are we trying to keep moving or embracing time to rest? I will be creating a space to explore these issues and more through public workshops and a final presentation.”

Stay tined for dates and details of Emelia’s workshops and final presentation.

Applications are still open for the second residency. Click here for details.

Spoken Word SA 2021 Poet in Residence Program at City Library – Applications now open – Round 1 closes 17th February.

We’re pleased to announce the Spoken Word SA Poet in Residence Program at the City Library in Rundle Place, Adelaide, will continue in 2021. 

Our first month long residency will take place beginning late March/Early April followed by a second residency in June. The Poet in Residence will be given 16 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. You can apply by one of the following options:

• Contacting Spoken Word SA for an application form by emailing saspokenword@gmail.com.
• Downloading guidelines and application forms here.
• Completing the on-line application form below.

Round 1 Applications for the March /April Residency close on 5pm Wednesday 17th April.


Please make sure you read the guidelines and selection criteria before making your application.

Overview of the program

A 16 hour Residency will take place during April and again in June at the City Library, Rundle Place, Adelaide (Level 3, entry off Francis St). Before applying, we encourage you to explore the space and facilities and see what our other residents have done with the opportunity in the past.

Each chosen resident will receive:

  • 16 hours of studio space at the City Library over a period of six consecutive weeks (e.g. 4hrs a week for 4 consecutive weeks) during the library’s opening hours. Please ensure you are available for the full 16 hours. Note: The studio gives you a base but you are welcome to use the entire library in consultation with the Library Programs Staff.
  • Residency will be promoted through the City of Adelaide and Spoken Word SA networks.

Poet In Residence Guidelines

  • Present a public event in the library (e.g. performance, artist talk, workshop, exhibition,showcase).
  • Family friendly content (PG rated – suitable for public space).
  • Promotion of residency and any included event through the artist’s networks.
  • Work with City Library to establish a schedule of hours and mutual agreement around useof space. The Poet in Residence will need to agree to abide by all City Library guidelines and policies to be outlined in an MOU.
  • ABN required for payment. If you don’t have one, it’s quick and easy to obtain. More information available from Spoken Word SA.

Selection Criteria

  • Incorporating some aspect of spoken word (open to all forms and interpretations).
  • Engagement with the library community and patrons.
  • Use of library facilities (e.g. catalogue, media lab, library spaces, History Hub, engagementwith patrons etc).
  • Creation of new work. The library will require the production of new work to add to their digital collections. This could include writing, audio, video, photographs, etc.
  • You are free to define and redefine poetry and the way libraries are used.
  • An approach that requires new ways of thinking and engaging will be looked upon favourably.

The Spoken Word SA Poet in Residence Program is made possible through a partnership with the City of Adelaide and Adelaide Libraries. Spoken Word SA is responsible for administrating the program and can be contacted with any arising issues or questions. Please note that Spoken Word SA will process and recommend the applications but the City of Adelaide and Adelaide Libraries will make the final choice.

No Summer Slam this year… :(

Dear poetry slam family,
unfortunately there will be no Summer Slam this year.

2020 was tough and the start of 2021 is no different. Everyone managed to contribute a great deal to getting the SA leg of the 2020 Australian Poetry Slam done and dusted. We are very proud of our volunteers and very grateful not only to everyone who competed but everyone who attended as audience members. We made it happen because we simply had to. But we are under-resourced, unfunded and, quite frankly, exhausted.

So please all explore your local poetry community and see what other events you can be involved in while we take a short breather from slamming. One good place to keep up to date on what’s happening around town is the Adelaide Poetry Gig Guide on Facebook

We look forward to seeing you all at the 2021 SA Poetry Slam later in the year.

In the meantime, you can relive some of the best of recent SA Slam events on the SWSA Youtube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN0po6QsStXJw2QGNnRm5Ng