Slam poetry has been used to amplify the voices that need to be heard to enact change. From climate action, women’s rights, mental health advocacy, to preservation of First Nations culture, and everything in between. If everyone was listening to you, what would you want them to hear?

Hosted by SWSA and the State Library of South Australia, this series of three sessions in July will use the national competition’s rules and structure, allowing you to learn how to write, perform, and make people want to listen.

All sessions at
Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building, State Library of South Australia ... Read more ...

A final farewell to Alison Paradoxx…

Australian Poetry Slam 2017 SA State Final at Goodwood Theatre. pic: Luxi

It is with great sadness that we share our final farewell to Alison Paradoxx (Bennett), who recently departed this physical world.

Guest performer in 2018 Australian Poetry Slam SA heats. pic: Lucinda Corin

Alison appeared on the local spoken word scene, apparently ready-made, with her powerful, challenging performances. From libraries, nightclubs and theatres to the Sydney Opera House itself we were graced with the magnificent words she crafted and performed. She was 2016 SA state winner and national finalist of the Australian Poetry Slam. She then developed her … ... Read more ...

Get ready for the SA Heats of the 2024 Australian Poetry Slam

We are excited to announce the dates and locations for the SA Heats of the 2024 Australian Poetry Slam. More details will be available soon. But in the meantime, start getting your best work ready to perform on stage!

Remember the key rules: you only have 2 minutes for one original poem with no props. It must be new work that you have not previously performed in a heat or final of the SA Poetry Slam. Full rules for 2024 also will be available soon.

All heats are in the evening.

Heat 1
Saturday 3 August 2024
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Soulful Home with City Library Poet in Residence Tikari Rigney

We are excited to announce the first Adelaide City Library Poet In Residence for 2024. Tikari Rigney is a non-binary Kaurna, Narungga and Ngarrindjeri visual artist, curator and poet. Working in a range of mediums from performance, illustration sculpture to writing. Their practice references their queer bodily experience, Aboriginality and the complexities of human connection.

“This residency is in response to environment, displacement, the feeling of home or lack thereof in your own body, with people around you, places and spaces. In response to what is going on in the world and in my own little world. The exhale of ... Read more ...

Youth Poets – A Spoken Word Showcase for Youth Week in the City

Friday 15 March 2024
5:30pm to 7:30pm

City Library
3 Rundle Place, 77-91 Rundle Mall 
Adelaide SA 5000


Adelaide has a vibrant spoken word community, with boundless amounts of talent. Get ready to be awed by some of this city’s young and rising stars. Four poets, all under the age of 25, will be sharing their original words and performance. Between them, these poets have been State and National finalists in the Australian Poetry Slam, presented highly acclaimed workshops, and featured at venues around the state. Their voices represent a bright future, and their work will leave you inspired.… ... Read more ...

Summer Slam 2024 Prizes – thank you “Aaah…The Art of Tongue”

Thank you so very much to the last of our Summer Slam 2024 prize donors and sponsors: Aaah…The Art of Tongue! If you have a love for words then keep it going this Adelaide Fringe via this link:

“In the heart of South Australia, there’s a vibrant community that’s passionate about communication — a community that believes in the transformative power of words.

The Power of Words: Imagine a world where every word you speak captivates hearts and minds. We believe that effective communication is the cornerstone of success in any endeavour. It’s the key to unlocking doors, ... Read more ...

Summer Slam 2024 – Fabulous Final at Jive!

Winner – Terry Anne
Runner-up – Mei Szetu
Third place – River Hill
Kerry Cook
Annette Swain
Conor Brown
Jen Benham
Guest – Katherine Sortini
Sacrifice – Tracy McNally
MC – Sarah Jane Justice
Jive audience
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Winner - Terry Anne
Runner-up - Mei Szetu
Third place - River Hill
Kerry Cook
Annette Swain
Conor Brown
Jen Benham
Guest - Katherine Sortini
Sacrifice - Tracy McNally
MC - Sarah Jane Justice
Jive audience
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Pics: Ian Gibbins

After three high quality heats, we were set for a fabulous final for the 2024 Summer Slam at Jive. We were not disappointed! The poets delivered, the large audience cheered them along, and the judges judged. Congratulations to winner Terry Anne, runner-up Mei Szetu, and third place River Hill, each of whom picked … ... Read more ...