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

For the Love of Adelaide

Here it finally is, poetry people! After all the closures and restrictions you can now experience live ‘For the Love of Adelaide‘. This event is a culmination of all the hard yards put in by Adelaide City Libraries Poet in Residence Deb Stewart and those who attended and interacted at her workshops.

Friday 30th October
6:00 to 7:00pm.


Adelaide City Libraries

Level 3 Rundle Place, Adelaide.

Free entry.

SA Poetry Slam 2020 Final hits the heights!

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The Goodwood Institute Theatre was packed to Covid-Safe capacity for the Final of the SA Poetry Slam 2020. Congratulations to winner, Jill Wherry, runner-up, Chris Jaksa, and all the other finalists: Manuela AkotSusan BrameEmelia HaskeySarah Jane JusticeTracy McNallyTracey O’CallaghanThemba Shumba and Olenka Toroshenko.

Jill and Chris will now go on to compete in the National Finals in November: stay tuned for details.

Special thanks to mentor and sacrifice, Caroline Reid and guest performer, Day Dream Fever.

Meanwhile, Kami kept things under control, Mel kept score and time, Ian took the pictures.

SA Poetry Slam 2020 Heat 5 Jives the house!

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A great heat at Jive to finish off with. We have our last two finalists for the SA Poetry Slam State Final. Congratulations to winner Olenka Toroshenko and runner-up Themba Shumba who will be joining our other finalists on October 17th at The Goodwood Theatre. Get your tickets now! Click here for more info and booking.

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Australian Poetry Slam 2020: SA Final – SOLD OUT!!

Saturday 17th October, 2020
Doors open 7:30 pm for 8:00 pm start

Goodwood Institute Theatre 
166a Goodwood Road Goodwood

SOLD OUT!
The SA State Final is officially sold out! We will see you all tonight for a showcase of great local talent!

The SA Final of the Australian Poetry Slam features the winner and runner-up of each of the 5 SA Heats:
Manuela Akot, Susan Brame, Emelia Haskey, Chris Jaksa, Sarah Jane Justice, Tracy McNally, Tracey O’Callaghan, Themba Shumba, Olenka Toroshenko and Jill Wherry. These ten talented poets will perform new work for the Final. Special Guest will be Adelaide icon, Daydream Fever.

Adelaide artist, Kultar Ahluwalia gave birth to Daydream Fever in late 2016. Since then, DDF has a hit the ground running with a capacity headline show at The Jade, sharing the stage with the likes of Adrian Eagle, Spit Syndicate, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Winston Surfshirt & Butterfingers. Daydream Fever is essentially a one man band, an evolution in sound, effortlessly blending a wide range of genres from hip hop to punk to spoken word to soul. A DFF live set takes the crowd on a rollercoaster ride, with double time raps, layered vocal loops and harmonies, spoken word poetry, belted soulful vocals and impromptu freestyle jams. Ahluwalia is at the helm of all these sounds handling the production, the instrumentation, the songwriting and the vocals. His debut EP “God Market” (2018) was supported heavily by street press and community radio across the country and hard copies sold out within weeks. Expect new singles in late 2020 and an EP in 2021. Ahluwalia is has been making music for over a decade as a producer for other artists, as a solo artist and is also a member of the group We Move Like Giants. He is passionate about supporting the next generation of artists and has provided mentoring and facilitated arts workshops on behalf of organisations such as Carclew, City of Onkaparinga, City of Marion and Spoken Word SA.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a COVID-safety plan in place. Amongst other things, this means we need to record contact information for everyone attending to allow contact tracing in the event of a virus outbreak. To make things easier on the night, please fill in the following form in advance, so then we can simply tick you off. The information on the form will only be used for contact tracing should it become necessary. Please note that filling in this form does not constitute a seat booking!

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