A final farewell to Alison Paradoxx…

Australian Poetry Slam 2017 SA State Final at Goodwood Theatre. pic: Luxi

It is with great sadness that we share our final farewell to Alison Paradoxx (Bennett), who recently departed this physical world.

Guest performer in 2018 Australian Poetry Slam SA heats. pic: Lucinda Corin

Alison appeared on the local spoken word scene, apparently ready-made, with her powerful, challenging performances. From libraries, nightclubs and theatres to the Sydney Opera House itself we were graced with the magnificent words she crafted and performed. She was 2016 SA state winner and national finalist of the Australian Poetry Slam. She then developed her … ... Read more ...

Get ready for the SA Heats of the 2024 Australian Poetry Slam

We are excited to announce the dates and locations for the SA Heats of the 2024 Australian Poetry Slam. More details will be available soon. But in the meantime, start getting your best work ready to perform on stage!

Remember the key rules: you only have 2 minutes for one original poem with no props. It must be new work that you have not previously performed in a heat or final of the SA Poetry Slam. Full rules for 2024 also will be available soon.

All heats are in the evening.

Heat 1
Saturday 3 August 2024
State … ... Read more ...

Watch Katherine Sortini’s winning performance in the 2023 Australian Poetry Slam SA Final

Katherine Sortini, winner South Australian Poetry Slam 2023 performing at the State Final Goodwood Theatre, Goodwood 30th September 2023.

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SA Final of the 2023 Australian Poetry Slam – we have our winners!

finalists
winner – Katherine Sortini
runner up – Cayley Ferguson
Arantza Garcia
Tim O’Loughlin
Carissa Fischer
Drew Cuffley
Matthew Pankhurst
Melinda Gaughwin
Chris Battistuzzi
Alex Vansilalom
guests – Rainey & Chris Jaksa
Sacrifice – Tracey O’Callaghan
MC Sarah Jane Justice pulls a name from the hat
flowers for Sarah
timekeeper / scorekeeper – Kami
audience at Goodwood Theatre
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finalists
winner - Katherine Sortini
runner up - Cayley Ferguson
Arantza Garcia
Tim O'Loughlin
Carissa Fischer
Drew Cuffley
Matthew Pankhurst
Melinda Gaughwin
Chris Battistuzzi
Alex Vansilalom
guests - Rainey & Chris Jaksa
Sacrifice - Tracey O'Callaghan
MC Sarah Jane Justice pulls a name from the hat
flowers for Sarah
timekeeper / scorekeeper - Kami
audience at Goodwood Theatre
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The 2023 SA State Final of the Australian Poetry Slam was top-shelf quality from start to finish. Congratulations and big cheers to winner Katherine Sortini, runner-up Cayley Ferguson, finalists Alex Vansilalom, Matthew Pankhurst, Tim O’Loughlin, Chris Battistuzzi, Arantza Garcia, Drew Cuffley, ... Read more ...

It’s Finals Time!! SA State Final for the 2023 Australian Poetry Slam

On Saturday September 30th, ten of South Australia’s finest performance poets will take it up a notch. The heats were hot, and the final will be fire! The audience at Goodwood Theatre will be treated to another round of fast-paced poetic prowess, with new poems from all of our finalists. At the end of the night, we will have our two 2023 National Finalists, locked in to compete at the Sydney Opera House. Who will it be?? One thing’s for certain… it’ll be a show you don’t want to miss. Get ready, invite your friends, book your tickets, and start … ... Read more ...

SA Poetry Slam 2023 – Heat 5 heats up Jive!

Heat 5 winners
Heat 5 winner Cayley Ferguson
Heat 5 runner-up Carissa Fischer
Chris Best
Tegan Sabine
John Willison
Cedar McGeary
Henry Davis
Anet Swain
Doug Phillips
Matt Short
Amiee Knubley
Paul Kohn
Guest Matcho Makata
Sacrifice Kami
MC Sarah Jane Justice
Jive
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Heat 5 winners
Heat 5 winner Cayley Ferguson
Heat 5 runner-up Carissa Fischer
Chris Best
Tegan Sabine
John Willison
Cedar McGeary
Henry Davis
Anet Swain
Doug Phillips
Matt Short
Amiee Knubley
Paul Kohn
Guest Matcho Makata
Sacrifice Kami
MC Sarah Jane Justice
Jive
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What a fantastic final heat of the SA poetry Slam 2023! Congratulations to winner Cayley Ferguson and runner-up Carissa Fischer who are off to the SA State Final on 30th September. Great poetry from everyone, an inspirational set from guest Matcho Makata, tough new work from sacrifice Kami, drum rolls for MC Sarah Jane ... Read more ...

Australian Poetry Slam 2023 – SA State Final

Saturday 30th September 2023
Doors open at 7:30

Goodwood Theatre & Studios
166 Goodwood Road, Goodwood, SA 5034

$25 at Trybooking

Five thrilling slam heats. Ten talented SA State Finalists. One stage. One Final.

On Saturday September 30th, ten of South Australia’s finest performance poets will take it up a notch. The heats were hot, and the final will be fire! The audience at Goodwood Theatre will be treated to another round of fast-paced poetic prowess, with new poems from all of our finalists. At the end of the night, we will have our two 2023 National Finalists, locked in … ... Read more ...

SA Poetry Slam 2023 – Heat 4 at The Jade

heat 4 winners
Heat 4 Winner Katherine Sordini
Heat 4 Runner-up Melinda Gaughwin
Lena Yakas
Jill Wherry
Frankie Welk
Cedar McGeary
Cayley Ferguson
Tadgh Porter-Cameron
Tegan Sabine
Carissa Fischer
Cian Yakas
Anet Swain
Guest Cecilia Ronson
Sacrifice Ian Gibbins
MC Sarah Jane Justice
The Draw
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heat 4 winners
Heat 4 Winner Katherine Sordini
Heat 4 Runner-up Melinda Gaughwin
Lena Yakas
Jill Wherry
Frankie Welk
Cedar McGeary
Cayley Ferguson
Tadgh Porter-Cameron
Tegan Sabine
Carissa Fischer
Cian Yakas
Anet Swain
Guest Cecilia Ronson
Sacrifice Ian Gibbins
MC Sarah Jane Justice
The Draw
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What a show we had at Heat Four of the SA Poetry Slam: great to welcome some new faces amongst the regulars, a fabulous audience in a supportive (and warm!) venue on an otherwise dark and stormy night…

Congratulations to Heat Four Winner Katherine Sortini and Runner-Up Melinda Gaughwin. We’ll see you both … ... Read more ...