The 2020 Australian Poetry Slam is back!

This year has thrown up some pretty serious challenges for the poetry / spoken word / slam community but we are pleased to announce that the Australian Poetry Slam is back for 2020.

At this stage, the SA heats and final of the slam are planned to go ahead as real-time, real-world live events in venues across town, assuming social-distancing / venue opening conditions do not become any more restrictive. However, all events will be adhering to a COVID-19 safety plan. And, of course, plans could change at any time if the situation deteriorates here in Adelaide.

Click here to read the rules for 2020.

Keeping all that in mind, here is the proposed time-table of events:

SA Heat 1
Friday 21th August
Jive Nightclub
181 Hindley Street Adelaide
6.30pm sign up for 7pm start  $6

SA Heat 2
Friday 11th September
Parks Library
46 Trafford Street Angle Park
6.30pm sign up for 7pm start  $6

SA Heat 3
Friday 18th September
Woodcroft Library
175 Bains Road Morphettvale
6.30pm sign up for 7pm start   $6

SA Heat 4
State Library of South Australia – date to be confirmed

SA Heat 5
Thursday 1st October 
Jive Nightclub
181 Hindley Street Adelaide
6.30pm sign up for 7pm start  $6

SA State Final
Saturday 17th October
Goodwood Institute Theatre
166a Goodwood Road Goodwood
Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start  $20  

Australian Poetry Slam 2020: SA Heat 1 at Jive

South Australian Heat 1
Friday 21th August 2020

Jive Nightclub 
181 Hindley Street Adelaide
6.30pm sign up for 7pm start  
$6 entry for audience and competitors

Contestants have 2 minutes to speak, scream, howl, whisper or sing their original poem. There are no props, no costumes, no music: just the poet and the words. Judges are selected at random from the audience. The heat winners compete again in the SA State Final and the two top finalists then go on to compete in the Australian Poetry Slam National Showcase.

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 allow contact tracing in the event of a virus outbreak. To make things easier on the night, if you are considering coming along, 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 the form does not register you for competing on the night: you still need to sign up from 6:30 – 7:00pm at the venue.

Click here to read the rules for 2020.

Adelaide City Library Poet-in-Residence: Deb Stewart – coronavirus update…

Due to the coronavirus situation, the final event of this residency scheduled for 20th March has had to be cancelled.

In partnership with the Adelaide City Library, SWSA is pleased to announce that our first Poet-in-Residence for 2020 is Deb Stewart with her project Mapping the Human City.

Join Deb to explore your connections to the City of Adelaide through poetry.  Capture your memories and reflections, with an emphasis on human interaction with city buildings, spaces and landmarks. Together we will create collaborative and individual poems that map the ‘human city’ and discover what Adelaide means to us. 

Deb will be running three workshops in the Library followed by a performance of work developed during the project.

Adelaide City Library
Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall 
Adelaide SA 5000

Workshop 1 – For the Love of Adelaide 
Friday 14 February 5:30 pm

In this workshop you’ll engage in some writing exercises and reflections. Write a love letter to a city street, space or landmark and work on personification as you create and develop your poetry.

Workshop 2 – Collaboration and the Editing Process
Saturday 22 February 2:30 pm

In this workshop you’ll engage in writing exercises and collaboration. Write together with workshop attendees to develop a magical poetry piece, and work on editing your work.

Workshop 3 – Leap into Media and Music
Saturday 29 February 1:30 pm

In this workshop you’ll work from photos and news clippings as prompts for creative writing, and learn more about Creative Commons music resources to pair with your spoken word pieces.

Performance – Poetry in the Library
Friday 20 March 6:30 pm 

Hear words and stories captured during recent poetry workshops ‘Adelaide – mapping the human city’ performed by Deb and the community. Come along and explore connections made with the buildings, spaces, and landmarks of the city of Adelaide.

Places are limited so books are required for all workshops. Reserve your place now.

Summer Slam 2020 won by Kathy Parker!

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Congratulations to Kathy Parker for taking out the 2020 Summer Slam, with Matthew Neild and Rubina in second and third places! 

Well done to all the poets who dared to step up over the summer and share their words. 

Thank you to the venues for their support – State Library of South Australia, Broadcast Bar, Southwark Hotel, Libertine by Louis, and Jive

A big thank you to Wakefield Press for their continued support and prizes, to ACW wrestling for the great images, to the punters who came along to hear the poets and eat the chocolates.

Thank you to Eve Harris for the music.

And thanks to all our volunteers: Mel, Matt, Ian, Kerryn and Michael.

Summer Slam 2020 Final at Jive

After four heats we are ready for our Summer Slam 2020 final.  And this year we have three wildcards! Two rounds of poetry to find our Summer Slam 2020 winner plus up and comer Eve Harris to provide the musical entertainment.  All this for just $10!

181 Hindley Street West, Adelaide

Saturday, 8th February, 2020.
Doors open 6:30pm.  

Heat 1 – Don Brice (W) Terry Anne Jones (R/U)
Heat 2 – Kathy Parker (W) Tracey O’Callaghan (R/U)
Heat 3 – Thomas Pellen (W) Sarah Pearce (R/U)
Heat 4 – Bruce Greenhalgh (W) Avalanche (R/U)
Wildcards – Tom Cassidy, Rubina, Matthew Neild

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Summer Slam 20 details

Heat 1 Saturday 4th January, 6:30pm sign-in
State Library of SA, Institute Building, North Terrace, Adelaide

Heat 2 Sunday 12th January, 6:30pm sign-in
Broadcast Bar, 66A Grote Street, Adelaide

Heat 3 Saturday 18th January, 6:30pm sign-in
Southwark Hotel, 77 Port Road, Adelaide

Heat 4 Saturday 1st February, 6:30pm sign-in
The Libertine By Louis, 137 Magill Road, Stepney

FINAL Saturday 8th February, 7:00pm
Jive Nightclub, 181 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Click here to download and read the rules.