Empathy and the Body: Poetry Workshops with Chiara Gabrielli

Chiara Gabrielli in performance. Pic:  noa gfrerer

Using the canvas of the human anatomy, explore how to personify and more genuinely connect with the most immediate part of our lives, our bodies. Pulling our focus and vision inwards, towards ourselves, and away from the cacophony of external, larger lens of global news and information. Using the personal stories and relationships we have with our own bodies, and pre-existing text from medical books, advertisements, and other media to creatively spark another way of thinking.

SWSA is proud to present our latest Adelaide City Library Resident, Chiara Gabrielli.

Chiara’s workshop program commences on:
Saturday June 1st 
from 2.30pm
Adelaide City Library
3rd Floor, Francis Street (off Rundle Mall). 

Workshops will continue on Saturday 8th June and Saturday 15th June at 2.30pm.

The final workshop/performance will happen on Saturday 22nd June from 1pm with performance/presentation at 3pm the same day.

All workshops are free and you can attend as many or as few as you wish or are able to attend. 

Click here for the Facebook events.

The Spoken Word SA Poet in Residence Program is made possible through a partnership with Adelaide City Council City Library.


Chiara Gabrielli: 2019 Adelaide City Library Poet-in-Residence

Spoken Word SA and the Adelaide City Library are proud to announce the successful applicant for the Poet in Residence Program for May 2019: Chiara Gabrielli.

We saw a great set of applications with a record number being submitted for just one place. But the program looks like being back in 2019 – 20 and there will be plenty more opportunities.

More information coming soon with regard to what Chiara will be getting up to.


Applications now open for 2019 Adelaide City Library Poet in Residence Program

The SWSA Poet-in-Residence program has been running since 2014, offering poets a chance to explore their work in the settings of the Adelaide City Council City Library, using their facilities including digital archives, media lab, audio and visual facilities and more. From exploring the history of Polish immigrants in the city to lost-and-found objects and Ekphrasis (look it up, we did!), this residency gives poets a chance to step out of their comfort zone, engage the public and, most importantly, create new work.

The Poet-in-Residence will be given 16 hours during April 2019 to work from a studio space provided within the library, and will additionally create at least one opportunity to present or perform their work. All ideas and applications are welcome. Poetry might be written, spoken, and/or expressed in another form.

Extended deadline for applications: 9pm, Monday, 25th March, 2019.

Click here for more information and application form downloads.


Sarah Pearce: April Poet-in-Residence at the Adelaide City Library


Sarah Pearce is our special April 2018 Adelaide City Library Poet-in-Residence with her residency, Women Write Together.

This project is about women writing together, collaborating, borrowing, even stealing… Ever heard it and wished you’d written it? Ever deeply connected your own experiences to those described by a poet, a poem or a single line? Let’s do it! Let’s be inspired by Tempest, Bird, Plath, Smith, Dickinson and Sappho. Let’s borrow, build and converse, to create poems together, woven from multiple voices. Performance will also be collaborative, as we speak each others words.

In seeking to liberate and promote women’s voices, particularly the collaboration of those voices, these workshops are open to anybody who identifies as a woman or girl. I aim to create a safe space, wherein women are free to express themselves, to borrow from each other and to collaborate artistically. The focus of these workshops will be on women’s experience, both shared and individual, and women’s voices, from the past to the present.

Dates and times for workshops:

Friday 6 April                        6pm – 8pm 

Thursday 12 April                 3pm – 5pm 

Saturday 14 April                  1pm – 3pm  

Thursday 19 April                 10am – 12 midday  

Tuesday 24th April               4pm – 6pm 

Friday 27 April                       6pm – 7pm  (performance)

All at the Adelaide City Library, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall, Adelaide.

Click here for the Adelaide City Library Events Calendar.


Jennifer Eadie: Adelaide City Library Poet-in-Residence Project, January/February 2018

Workshop and Group Exhibition / I do not have a home 

Adelaide City Library Poet in Residence, Jennifer Eadie will work with workshop participants to create written and spoken poetry that will form part of a multimedia group exhibition to be held at the library during January – February 2018. The exhibition will showcase poetry produced by workshop participants – the exhibition will include an audio recording of each poem accompanied by a photographic portrait of poet and poem.

Each workshop will explore the connection between place and belonging / what it means to feel connected or disconnected to the ground your standing on / how do we create connection to a place that is not our home?The project defines poetry as words written from the heart. Workshops will explore free-verse, Dadaism, narrative,  lyrical, eco-poetics, and spoken-word approaches to writing poetry.

People of all ages and backgrounds are invited to attend one or all workshops. All materials will be provided.

Click here for dates and times of the workshop sessions and final presentation.

RSVP required. Workshops will run throughout January 2018: http://www.cityofadelaide.com.au/your-community/library-services/programs-and-events/event-details/poet-in-residence-jennifer-eadie-i-do-not-have-a-home


Jennifer Eadie is a writer and artist who has worked in homeless refuges, universities, food rescue, animal and environmental rights organizations.  She recently moved to Adelaide.



Jennifer Eadie: our next Poet-in-Residence [NB: changed session times below…]

Congratulations to Jennifer Eadie who will be our next Poet-in-Residence at the Adelaide City Library.

Jennifer’s residency is titled: “I do not have a home”. 

“This project then, begins with the question: when an individual does not feel like they belong to anywhere, any culture, where does this leave them? Focusing on the question of belonging – what are the components that allows one to say: ‘I am home’ ?”

Here are her sessions, all at the

Adelaide City Library, Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall:

Saturday, 13th January,  2.00 – 3.30pm

Thursday, 18th January,  3.30 – 5.30pm

Sunday, 28th January, DOUBLE SESSION ! 12.15 – 2.00pm then 2.30 – 4.30pm

Monday, 29th January, 3.00 – 5.00pm

Saturday, 3rd February, 11.30am – 1.30pm


Exhibition Launch + Presentation

Wednesday, 7th February 4.00 – 4.45pm

Stay tuned for more details!


Thank you to all the poets who applied in 2017 and to our 2017 resident poets, Sarah Jane Justice, Ashlee Karlar and Nico for their great work.