Winter Warm-Up Slam – Final

Thursday, 8 July 2021
Doors open 7:00pm for 7:30pm start

Jive Nightclub
181 Hindley Street, Adelaide

$10 entry. Click here for tickets at trybooking.

The FINAL of the Winter Warm-Up Slam will be taking place at Jive on Hindley St. Cement your position as a finalist by attending the heats, or come along to be bowled over by what Adelaide’s best slammers can do. Doors will open at 7.00PM, with a $10 fee to watch.

Our feature act for this event will be Spoken Word SA’s newest team member, Sarah Jane Justice. Since making her slam poetry debut, Sarah Jane Justice has won the SA state final of the Australian Poetry Slam, the Goolwa Poetry Cup, and the Northern Fringes Slam. In addition to her spoken word titles, her written poetry and short fiction have been featured in publications around the world. Her artistic achievements also include creating three studio releases of original music, writing and performing a science-fiction cabaret show, and curating the mixed media exhibition ‘Cracks in our Shadows’.

Poetry book prizes for the heats and runner-up at the final are kindly donated by Adelaide based publisher Wakefield Press. www.wakefieldpress.com.au

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is wakefield-press-01.jpg

Winter Warm-Up Slam – Heat 2

Monday, 28 June 2021
Doors open 7:00pm for 7:30pm start

The Joinery
111 Franklin Street, Adelaide

$6 to compete or look on. Click here for tickets at trybooking.

Get ready to sharpen your slam tools! The fallout from 2020 meant that 2021 started on a slow note for slam in SA. With the Australian Poetry Slam looming on the horizon, we wanted to give our poets a chance to get back on the stage! Practice competing with some new poems, brush up on the old ones, and have fun sharing your work with an audience. To get those poetry muscles warmed up, we’re putting the fire under your toes by doing this with only TWO HEATS and ONE FINAL. Five competitors from each heat will battle it out at Jive for prizes and glory. With only two opportunities to get through to the final, you’re going to want to make sure you get those heat dates in your calendar!


HEAT TWO will be taking place at the Joinery, a great little community venue next to the bus depot on Franklin St. Doors will open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start, with a $6 fee for both audience and competitors. We’re diving straight into the competition for this one – no feature act!


Poetry book prizes for the heats and runner-up at the final are kindly donated by Adelaide-based publisher Wakefield Presswww.wakefieldpress.com.au

Winter Warm-Up Slam – Heat 1

Thursday, 24 June 2021
Doors open 7:00pm for 7:30pm start

The Joinery
111 Franklin Street, Adelaide

$6 to compete or look on. Click here to book tickets at trybooking.

Get ready to sharpen your slam tools! The fallout from 2020 meant that 2021 started on a slow note for slam in SA. With the Australian Poetry Slam looming on the horizon, we wanted to give our poets a chance to get back on the stage! Practice competing with some new poems, brush up on the old ones, and have fun sharing your work with an audience.

To get those poetry muscles warmed up, we’re putting the fire under your toes by doing this with only TWO HEATs and one final. Five competitors from each heat will battle it out at Jive for prizes and glory. With only two opportunities to get through to the final, you’re going to want to make sure you get those heat dates in your calendar!

HEAT ONE will be taking place at The Joinery, a great little community venue next to the bus depot on Franklin St. Doors will open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start, with a $6 fee for both audience and competitors. We’re diving straight into the competition for this one – no feature act!

We’re very lucky to have heat one sponsored by two amazing local businesses, The Devotea and Heartfelt Support.

The Devotea is South Australia’s home of fresh, vibrant loose leaf tea blends. Since 2007, locals have enjoyed our unique range. Our monthly blending ensures the freshest tea, sent direct to you. Find out more at http://www.the-devotea.com.au/

Horses are cool to hang out with, and Heartfelt Support is a disability support agency that lets you interact with them to learn, to grow, to feel better. Our flexible Horse Centred Wellbeing programme is based in Onkaparinga Hills and is personalised for every client. We’re support workers, not fancy (and expensive) equine therapists, so expect fun as you meet your goals. Find out more at https://heartfeltsupport.com.au/

Poetry book prizes for the heats and runner-up at the final are kindly donated by Adelaide based publisher Wakefield Press. https://www.wakefieldpress.com.au/ 

Click here for the Facebook event.

Welcome to Sarah!

Spoken Word SA is proud to announce our new team member Sarah Jane Justice who will be taking over many key roles including that of MC for all of the slams. Sarah is a poet, performer and national finalist of the Australian Poetry Slam.

Kami will be taking less of a role this year but will still be seriously involved. Daniel Watson will be doing whatever it is that he does. And then there is ‘the man in the back room’ Ian Gibbins. The live events would also be impossible without our great team of volunteers and of course you, the poets and audience.

Sarah Jane Justice is a songwriter, spoken word artist, poet, author, and performer. In the field of spoken word, she has won the Goolwa Poetry Cup, the Northern Fringes Slam, the Salisbury Fringe Slam, and presented twice at Adelaide Writers’ Week. After being named SA state champion in the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam, she competed as a national finalist in the competition at the Sydney Opera House. Her written poetry has been published by The Blue Nib, Capsule Stories, and South Broadway Press, and her short fiction has been featured in releases by The Bombay Review, Eerie River Publishing, and Caustic Frolic. As a singer-songwriter, she has created three studio releases of original music, as well as a one-woman cabaret show performed at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Click here to see more about Sarah and her work on her website.

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.