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!

Click here to make your bookings.


Click here to make your bookings.

SA Slam 2020 Heat 4: full house at the Library

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The State Library of South Australia was packed to COVID-Safe capacity for Heat 4 of the SA Slam 2020. Congratulations to winner Manuela Akot and runner-up Susan Brame, both of whom are into the SA State Final at Goodwood Theatre on 17th October.

There is only one more heat left: Thursday 1st October at Jive.