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.

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.

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.