2019 Australian Poetry Slam : SA dates, new rules & FAQ

Start getting ready for the 2019 Australian Poetry Slam! Here are the SA dates and venues. More details for each event will be announced closer to the dates. Make sure you check out the rules! Some have changed from previous years. Most importantly, if you get to the finals, you must do a new poem different from the one you did in your heat (or the previous final, if you get that far).

Click here to read the rules, terms and conditions in detail.

Frequently Asked Questions – click here for answers!

SA Heat 1 – Adelaide – State Library

Friday 16th August
7pm (6.30pm registration)
State Library Of SA Institute Building
Cnr North Tce/ Kintore Ave, Adelaide, SA 5000
$6

Guest poet: Sarah-Jane Justice

SA Heat 2 – Salisbury

Saturday 24th August
3pm (2.30pm registration)
Salisbury Institute
17-19 Wiltshire Street, Salisbury, SA 5108
$6

Guest poet: Ashlee Karlar

SA Heat 3 – Adelaide – Uni Bar

Friday 30th August
7pm (6.30pm registration)
Uni Bar Ground Level
Union House, North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide, SA 5000
$6

Guest poet: Eugene Phoa

SA Heat 4 – Morphettvale

Friday 6th September
7pm (6.30pm registration)
Woodcraft Library
175 Bains Road, Morphettvale, SA 5162
$6

Guest poet: Daydream Fever

SA Heat 5 – Adelaide – Jive

Thursday 12th September
7pm (6.30pm registration)
Jive Nightclub
181 Hindley Street, Adelaide, SA 5000
$6

Guest poet: Jon Brooks

SA FINAL

Friday 27 September
8pm (Doors open 7.30pm)
Goodwood Institute Theatre
166a Goodwood Road, Goodwood
$20 Book at Trybooking.com/525187

SA Slam Heat 1 – a hot start to the series!

Heat 1 runner-up, Tracey O’Callaghan, and winner, Caroline Reid

A great start to the 2019 SA Poetry Slam season last night at the State Library of South Australia with Caroline Reid coming out in front and Tracey O’Callaghan as runner up. Both now go to the SA State Final on September 27th at Goodwood Institute for a shot at the trip to Sydney. Thanks to Matilda Bookshop for sponsoring our official photographer Rose MacKenzie.

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Heat 2 is on Saturday 24th August, 2:30pm, at the Salisbury Institute. Click here for the Facebook event.

SA Poetry Slam Heat 2 – guest poet Ashlee Karlar

Ashlee Karlar is a queer, feminist poet from Adelaide. A lover of odes and metaphors, Ashlee is a social worker who believes that art and writing is an underused tool in trauma informed practice. A past SA finalist for the Australian Poetry Slam, a former poet in residence and a regular at open mics around the city.

Australian Poetry Slam SA Heat 2

Saturday 24th August 2019
Salisbury Institute 
17-19 Wiltshire Street, Salisbury, SA 5108.

Slam contestants sign up at 2:30pm for 3:00pm start. 20 poets maximum.
$6

www.spokenwordsa.com.au/2019-australian-poetry-slam-sa-dates-and-new-rules

Click here for Facebook event.

SA Poetry Slam Heat 1 – guest poet Sarah-Jane Justice

Sarah Jane Justice discovered spoken word poetry when she was asked for a lift to the Goolwa Poetry Cup in 2016. After deciding to enter on a whim, she was hooked into the genre by winning the People’s Choice award at that year’s competition. Since then, she went on to win the Goolwa Cup itself in 2017 and build her way up to being named S.A. State Champion in the Australian Poetry Slam in 2018. In lieu of defending her title in 2019 due to her selfish decision to have a baby in October, she will be sharing her words as the feature artist for Heat 1.

Australian Poetry Slam SA Heat 1

Friday 16th August 2019
State Library of South Australia
Cnr North Tce & Kintore Ave, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Slam contestants sign up at 6.30 for 7.00 start. 20 maximum.

www.spokenwordsa.com.au/2019-australian-poetry-slam-sa-dates-and-new-rules

Click here for Facebook event.

Get ready for the 2019 SA Poetry Slam

Looking for inspiration for the 2019 SA Poetry Slam? What to know what it’s like to perform in the National Finals at The Sydney Opera House? Look no further than these two vids of 2018 SA State representatives at the Nationals: Sarah-Jane Justice and Caroline Reid.

Ashlee Karlar joins the SWSA Team!

It is time for Spoken Word SA to officially welcome to the fold its talented new co-director! Ashlee Karlar is a queer, feminist poet from Adelaide. A lover of odes and metaphors, Ashlee is a social worker who believes that art and writing is an underused tool in trauma informed practice. She is a past SA finalist for the Australian Poetry Slam, a former poet in residence, and a regular at open mics around the city.