SWSA’s Kami is Writers SA’s latest writer in residence

Kami at Jive: pic Ian gibbins

Award-winning poet and author, Kami McInnes will be travelling to the South East of South Australia this October as Writers SA’s latest Writer in Residence.

McInnes will be visiting several towns in the region to connect with readers and writers through readings, events, workshops at libraries and community centres, as well as providing one-on-one consultations:

  • Mt. Burr: General Store, 2 Thomas Drive Mt. Burr. Sunday 17th October 1pm. Meet The Author/ Reading (from Subterranean Redneck Blues and work in progress).
  • Millicent: Millicent Library Civic Centre, Ridge Tce Millicent Tuesday 19th Oct – Thurs 21st Oct 11am – 4pm. Writer In Residence – available for one-on-one sessions.
  • Robe: Robe Library, Mundy Terrace Robe Saturday 23rd October 10am – 2pm. Public workshop/meet the author event.
  • RobeRobe Town Brewery, 10 White Street Robe Sunday 24th October 1pm. Open Mic with special guests.
  • KeithBeyond Words Bookshop, 29A Hender Street Keith Thursday 28th October 7.30pm. Meet the author/ reading (from Subterranean Redneck Blues and work in progress).

During his residency, McInnes will be based in Millicent whilst visiting several towns in the region to hold workshops, present open mic events and the opportunity for one-on-one meetings with aspiring writers as well as readers. He will be offering the chance to chat about performance, poetry, writing and editing, organising events, tips to getting started and discussing the forms that memoirs can take. If you’d like to host an event or talk, please contact us at bronwyn@writerssa.org.au.

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SA Poetry Slam 2021 hits the heights!

2021 SA Slam finalists
Tracey O'Callaghan - winner
Tracey O'Callaghan - winner
Tyberius Larkin - runner-up
Tyberius Larkin - runner-up
Pam Makin
Alex Vansilalom
Taeghan Buggy
Louise Goodwin
Gemma Thorne
Conor Brown
Josie Dillon
Tracy McNally
Caroline Reid - sacrifice and coach
Jack Vaul - guest performer
MC Sarah Jane Justice
soundcheck - Kami and Tyberius
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Photos: Judy Morris

What a stunning finish to the SA Poetry Slam 2021 with Tracey O’Callaghan in first place with Tyberius Larking hot on her tail as runner up. Both will now go on to represent the state at the Australian Poetry Slam Final on 28th November. Congratulations to all the finalists and thanks to all the competitors, audiences, judges, guest performers, venues and sponsors for supporting one of the highest standard SA Poetry Slams ever.

SA Poetry Slam 2021 Final at Goodwood Theatre

Goodwood Institute Theatre
166 Goodwood Road, Goodwood

Thursday 30th September
from 7:30pm

Tickets $20 from trybooking

Click here to book your tickets to the Final.

Click here for the Facebook event for the Final.

After five slam heats, it is time to crown our state winner. Ten talented poets will perform new work for the final. Both 1st and 2nd placed competitors in this event will go through to the national finals of the Australian Poetry Slam. Contestants have 2 minutes to speak, scream, howl, whisper or sing their original poem. There are no props, no costumes, no music: just the poet and the words. Judges are selected at random from the audience. 

Guest performer: Jack Vaul

Adelaide-raised rapper Jack Vaul has been writing and performing for more than twenty years. With a style that has been described as thought-provoking and striking in its use of technique, Jack has collaborated with some of South Australia’s top hip-hop artists. He is one half of Lowlight Plains, one half of Thorts & Prayrz, a former member of d33p h33t and a former member of The Automenta. As part of various collectives, Jack has sold out shows at the Royal Croquet Club, opened for US producer Lorn, and performed as a part of a livestream event for US indie rap label Fake Four.

SA Poetry Slam 2021 – Heat 5 keeps the Jive alive

heat 5 winners
heat 5 winner - Tyberius Larking
heat 5 runner-up - Alex Vansilalom
heat 5 - Nick Carroll
heat 5 - Isabella Macaspac
heat 5 - Britt Franzmann
heat 5 - Vicky Ireland
heat 5 - Isaac Nakone
heat 5 - LJ Thiele
heat 5 - Glen Murdoch
heat 5 - Carissa Fischer
heat 5 - Paul Kohn
heat 5 - Franciso Peleid
heat 5 - Sarah Jane Justice - MC and sacrifice
heat 5 - guest performer - Frankly
heat 5 - Jive audience covid-safe
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The final heat of the 2021 SA Poetry Slam at Jive maintained the diversity, quality and enthusiasm of the previous heats. Congratulations to winner Tyberius Larking and runner-up Alex Vansilalom who are off to the SA State Final at Goodwood Theatre on Thursday 30 September.

Click here to book your tickets to the Final.

Click here for the Facebook event for the Final.

Be Natural Poetry Slam at the 2021 Nature Festival

Guest Poet: Rachael Mead

Hosted by Spoken Word SA

Saturday, 2 October 2021
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Contestants sign up on the night at 5:30pm. The main event gets underway at 6:00pm.

Carrick Hill
46 Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield

Click here to book tickets.

Performers have two minutes maximum to share their original poem on the broad theme of ‘nature’. Contestants can speak, scream, howl, whisper or sing their original poem. There are no props, no costumes, no music: just the poet and the words. Judges are selected at random from the audience.
Full rules as per the Australian Poetry Slam : https://spokenwordsa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/SA-Poetry-Slam-Rules-2021.pdf

Our guest poet performing for the evening: Rachael Mead

A poet, writer and arts reviewer living in South Australia. She’s had an eclectic life, working as an archaeologist, environmental campaigner and seller of books both old and new. She’s published four collections of poetry: The Flaw in the Pattern (UWA Publishing 2018), The Sixth Creek (Picaro Press 2013) and the chapbooks Sliding Down the Belly of the World (Wakefield Press 2012) and The Quiet Blue World (Garron Publishing 2015). Her debut novel The Application of Pressure was released by Affirm Press in May 2020.

Please join us from 5:00pm, have a drink at the bar at beautiful Carrick Hill and watch the sunset. Contestants sign up on the night at 5.30pm. The main event gets underway at 6:00pm.