Ashlyn Vice – City Library Poet in Residence

Join us at City Library for a series of workshops run by Poet in Residence Ashlyn Vice. During these workshops Ashlyn will help you hone your voice and tell your story through poetry. These workshops will give you the techniques, time and space to employ creative mediums to express yourself. No experience is required and all are welcome to join. You can attend individual workshops, or come along for the entire series.

All sessions at the City Library
Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall 
Adelaide SA 5000

Keep an eye out for session bookings – details out soon.

Workshop 1: TRICKS OF THE TRADE
Saturday 24 July, 2021
2:00 – 3:30pm

Are you a closet poet? Looking for tools to boost your confidence as a writer and overcome writer’s block? Regardless of your level of experience, this workshop will introduce (or re-introduce) you to the fundamentals of expressive, descriptive and imaginative writing through textural, tonal, and other poetry techniques. A few fun, experimental activities will also be thrown in to stimulate the mind, help you develop your writer’s identity and harness your creative vision!

Workshop 2: CHARTING POETRY 
Saturday 31 July, 2021
2:00 – 3:30pm

How do you turn an idea into a refined masterpiece? This week we will focus on workshopping the ‘poetry process’ from that ‘light-bulb moment’ to perfecting the rhythm and structure. Participants will be equipped with unique brain-storming, mind-mapping, and revisory skills to give language to their craziest of ideas and leave behind perfectionism once and for all.

Workshop 3: NEXT. LEVEL. CREATIVE.
Saturday 7 August 2021
2:00 – 3:30pm

Come along and explore the fun art of visual poetry! Get creative – and even a little messy – with realia, visual art, black-out poetry, nature poetry and more to contribute to a themed poetry display. Fall in love with using different mediums to take the impact of your words to the next level.

Workshop 4: PRACTICE SLAM POETRY
Saturday 14 August 2021
2:00 – 3:30pm

Join us at the City Library to develop your skills in poetic oration. Whether you loathe public speaking, or you’re a seasoned speaker, this workshop will equip you with tips and tricks to captivate an audience’s attention through spoken word poetry. Participants will develop a short piece and hone in on their favourite poetry techniques.

POETRY SLAM
Friday 20 August 2021
6:00 – 7:00pm

And finally… the candle on the cake. Come and share YOUR poem to a live audience, or simply come along to watch! Participants can choose to develop their piece beforehand from scratch or from specially designed poetry prompts.

SPECIAL: IMPROMPTU INTERMISSION. The bravest of our participants will have the opportunity to partake in an impromptu poetry slam, with limited time to brainstorm stanzas from both hilarious and heartfelt sentence-starters.

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.

Emelia Haskey: 1st Adelaide City Libraries Poet in Residence for 2021.

Emelia Haskey at the 2020 SA Poetry Slam State Final

Spoken Word SA in partnership with Adelaide City Libraries are very pleased to announce our next Poet In Residence is Emelia Haskey who will be looking at the effects of COVID-19 on community and connection.

Emelia says, “As we slowly recover from the ravages of a global pandemic, it is important to acknowledge what keeps us connected when we are so far apart. I want to discover how we stay connected with our bodies, our loved ones, nature, and the world at large when we are required to stay distant. How does our relationship with our parents change when we can only visit them through the glass in a nursing home? When do we need to disconnect from the news or social media? Are we trying to keep moving or embracing time to rest? I will be creating a space to explore these issues and more through public workshops and a final presentation.”

Stay tined for dates and details of Emelia’s workshops and final presentation.

Applications are still open for the second residency. Click here for details.

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.

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.