SA Poetry Slam 2016 Final is sold-out!

After 5 heats of amazing poetry, stunning performances, capacity crowds and wonderful support from our venues and sponsors, we have 10 contenders for the SA Poetry Slam final, Friday 30th September at the Goodwood Institute. The event is now sold-out!!

Congratulations to Jason Marsiglia, winner, heat 1; Chiara Gabrielli, runner-up, heat 1; Amy Watson, winner, heat 2; Ashlee Spalding-Sykes, runner-up heat 2; Caroline Reid, winner, heat 3; Alison Bennett, runner-up, heat 3; Tom McSkimming, winner, heat 4; Andrew Drake, runner-up, heat 4; Jasmin Dinos, winner, heat 5; Keenan Drake, runner-up, heat 5.

Doors open 7.30, 8pm start. Click here for more info.

Spoken Word SA thanks our partners Word Travels, SA Writers Centre and The Australian Poetry Slam. Supporters and sponsors Matilda Bookshop, State Library of South Australia, City of Salisbury, Onkaparinga Libraries, Jive Nightclub, Fifth Quarter/Carclew and The Goodwood Institute.

Special thanks to Luxi Photography and Filmography for their great camera work!

Slam poets on Fresh 92.7 FM!

What do you think of when someone says “poetry”? Old boring poems written in an outdated book? What about slam poetry? Anita Butcher from Fresh 92.7 FM caught up with some slam poets to find out how they bring their words to life. You can listen to her story here:


Winners, SA Poetry Slam Heat 4!


Heat 4 winner Tom McSkimming and runner up Andrew Drake have booked themselves a spot in the SA Poetry Slam State Final on 30th September. One more heat, two more chances to make it to the final! Jive Nightclub 16th September 6.30 pm.

Thanks to Luxi Photography and Filmography for their great camera work and to Matilda Bookshop for their ongoing support. Thanks also to Onkaparinga Libraries for pizza, poetry, Nancy Bates and their ongoing support of Spoken Word SA

SA Poetry Slam 2016: Heat 5, Jive, 16th September

Heat 5 of the SA leg of the Australian Poetry Slam is coming your way!

Friday, 16th September

Jive, 181 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Registrations open at 6:30pm. The show starts at 7:00pm.
20 competitors per heat – first 15 are guaranteed, if over 20 register those last five spots are decided by random draw.

$5 Entry / Door. $150 in prizes and two spots in the SA Slam Final up for grabs. 

Feature performer, Hana Breneki. Adelaide singer, songwriter and guitarist for the band Hana & Jessie-Lee brings powerful husky tones and simple melodies drowning in heartache to tell tales of travelling, living in the middle of nowhere, and failed relationships with an alt-country soul landscape. In September 2015, Hana packed up and ventured overseas playing a string of solo shows across Europe and the UK, including 5 shows in France supported by French label, Beast Records. On the back of releasing a two track single in April 2016, Hana went into the studio with Jessie-Lee and a full band to track 10 songs with producer Nick Finch (Graveyard Train), and engineer Paul Maybury (Rocket Science) in Melbourne. The album is set for release in early 2017.

More details here.

Read the Slam rules here.

SA Poetry Slam 2016 supported by: