Sarah Jane Justice is our first Poet-in-Residence at the City Library for 2017

Spoken Word SA and Adelaide City Library are proud to present our first poet in residence for 2017 – Sarah Jane Justice who will be commencing her residency “If These Books Could Talk” on Tuesday 7th March.

A Summer Slam 2017 heat winner, Sarah has been working as a ‘Musical Storyteller’ which involved the creation of two albums and an EP along with performing in her own Fringe Show in 2016. Her residency will reinvigorate library contents and spaces by way of focusing on specific content in books, both digital and the physical, turning them into a spoken word piece. This poetic tour will include 2 workshops for attendees to take part in creating new works which will culminate in a public final presentation.

Here are the dates and times of her sessions. Click on them for more info…

Tuesday 7th  March,  10am – 12 noon in Studio 2

Tuesday 14th March, 10am – 12 noon in Studio 2

Workshop: Wednesday 15th March,  4pm – 6pm in Studio 1

Tuesday 21st March, 10am – 12 noon in Studio 2

Workshop: Thursday 23rd March, 2pm – 4pm in Studio 1

Tuesday 28th March: 10am – 12 noon in Studio 2

Final Presentation: Friday 31st March, 6pm – 7pm in Studio 1

Adelaide City Library November Poet in Residence: Petra Szabo, Final session, Wednesday 30th November!!


Ever wanted to explore your creativity? Ever wanted to write a Poem – a Spoken Word Poem even? Ever wanted to collaborate with a professional dancer or musician or play with a camera creatively?

Here’s your chance with a FREE workshop series every week throughout November presented by Petra Szabo in partnership with Spoken Word SA & The Adelaide City Council Library.

Each workshop series is slightly different – either tying poetry with movement, music or digital media – each session should be taken as a creative process and by no means is there any pressure to be a perfect artist.

Click on the sessions to see more info…

Wednesday, 2 November, 3pm – 6pm: Linking Spoken Word Poetry & Music

Tuesday, 8 November, 3pm – 6pm: Linking Spoken Word Poetry & Movement

Friday, 18 November, 2pm – 5pm: Linking Spoken Word Poetry & Digital Media

Wednesday, 30 November, 3pm – 6pm: Final workshop, performance and presentation

Meet Petra on YouTube as she explains her project.

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Sarah Jean: August Poet-in-Residence @ Adelaide City Library: Final Session, Saturday 27th, 2-4pm

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In collaboration with Spoken Word SA and Adelaide City Library, Sarah Jean presents The Words I Wish They’d Heard – a magic mixing pot of stories and secrets she thinks the world needs to hear.

Do you have a letter you wished you’d written? A text you should have sent? A sing you dreamed of singing? A message you wish you could have heard? A story you want to tell? Here’s your chance …

Come join in, tell your story, whisper the words or shout them loud (metaphorically… it is a library after all!) and tell the world (well, Adelaide at least) what you need it to hear. We cannot wait to hear your stories!

The Words I Wish They’d Heard will engage you in a process of writing letters. The culmination of these workshops will be a ‘spoken word’ style show similar to the Women Of Letters movement. If you’d like to be involved in the final performance, please contact Sarah Jean at the Library or via email.

Sarah Jean’s final performance is this Saturday, 27th August, 2 – 4 pm. Click here for more details of the event.

Adelaide City Library
Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall (Enter via Francis St – off Rundle Mall or via Da Costa Arcade)

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Mind the Garden – Alysha Hermann, June Poet-in-Residence, Adelaide City Library

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Alysha Herrmann , our June Poet-in-Reidence at Adelaide City Library, is a proud parent, regional artist and advocate working across disciplines in the arts, education, community development, social justice and social enterprise. She is a writer, theatre-maker, cultural organiser and the current Creative Producer of Carclew’s ExpressWay Arts. Alysha tweets tiny poems as @lylyee.

See her at work in the Library Sunday 19th June, 12 – 2 pm, and then come long to her final presentation and reading, Wednesday 29th June, 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

Adelaide City Library

Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall (Enter via Francis St – off Rundle Mall or via Da Costa Arcade)



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. 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?).

Previous Poets-in-Residence include: Ian GibbinsManal Younus, Matt Smith, Mark Niehus, Sarah StrachanBruce Greenhalgh, Rob Walker, Tracey Korsten, Alysha Hermann, Sarah Jean, Petra Szabo, Sarah Jane Justice, Ashlee Karlar, Nico and Jennifer Eadie.

Applications are now open for 2019.

Updated deadline 9:00pm, Monday, 25th March, 2019.

The residency guidelines, selection criteria and application form are available  here as a PDF or downloadable MS Word file.

Email your applications to saspokenword[at]gmail[dot]com.

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

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 Adelaide City Council and City Library will make the final choice.

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