No Summer Slam this year… :(

Dear poetry slam family,
unfortunately there will be no Summer Slam this year.

2020 was tough and the start of 2021 is no different. Everyone managed to contribute a great deal to getting the SA leg of the 2020 Australian Poetry Slam done and dusted. We are very proud of our volunteers and very grateful not only to everyone who competed but everyone who attended as audience members. We made it happen because we simply had to. But we are under-resourced, unfunded and, quite frankly, exhausted.

So please all explore your local poetry community and see what other events you can be involved in while we take a short breather from slamming. One good place to keep up to date on what’s happening around town is the Adelaide Poetry Gig Guide on Facebook

We look forward to seeing you all at the 2021 SA Poetry Slam later in the year.

In the meantime, you can relive some of the best of recent SA Slam events on the SWSA Youtube channel:

Summer Slam 2020 won by Kathy Parker!

Runners up Rubina and Matthew Neild with winner, Kathy Parker
Summer Slam 2020 Finalists
Winner, Kathy Parker
Runner up, Matthew Neild
Third place, Rubina
Guest musician, Eve Harris
Final Five, Bruce Greenhalgh
Final Five, Avalanche
Terry Anne Jones
Tom Cassidy
Sarah Pearce
Don Brice
Tracey O'Callaghan
Thomas Pellen
Sacrifice and MC, Kami
Supporters in the crowd
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Congratulations to Kathy Parker for taking out the 2020 Summer Slam, with Matthew Neild and Rubina in second and third places! 

Well done to all the poets who dared to step up over the summer and share their words. 

Thank you to the venues for their support – State Library of South Australia, Broadcast Bar, Southwark Hotel, Libertine by Louis, and Jive

A big thank you to Wakefield Press for their continued support and prizes, to ACW wrestling for the great images, to the punters who came along to hear the poets and eat the chocolates.

Thank you to Eve Harris for the music.

And thanks to all our volunteers: Mel, Matt, Ian, Kerryn and Michael.

Summer Slam 2020 Final at Jive

After four heats we are ready for our Summer Slam 2020 final.  And this year we have three wildcards! Two rounds of poetry to find our Summer Slam 2020 winner plus up and comer Eve Harris to provide the musical entertainment.  All this for just $10!

181 Hindley Street West, Adelaide

Saturday, 8th February, 2020.
Doors open 6:30pm.  

Heat 1 – Don Brice (W) Terry Anne Jones (R/U)
Heat 2 – Kathy Parker (W) Tracey O’Callaghan (R/U)
Heat 3 – Thomas Pellen (W) Sarah Pearce (R/U)
Heat 4 – Bruce Greenhalgh (W) Avalanche (R/U)
Wildcards – Tom Cassidy, Rubina, Matthew Neild

Heat 1 - Don Brice and Terry Anne Jones
Heat 2 - Kathy Parker and Tracey O'Callaghan
Heat 3 - Thomas Pellen and Sarah Pearce
Heat 4 - Bruce Greenhalgh and Avalanche
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Summer Slam 20 details

Heat 1 Saturday 4th January, 6:30pm sign-in
State Library of SA, Institute Building, North Terrace, Adelaide

Heat 2 Sunday 12th January, 6:30pm sign-in
Broadcast Bar, 66A Grote Street, Adelaide

Heat 3 Saturday 18th January, 6:30pm sign-in
Southwark Hotel, 77 Port Road, Adelaide

Heat 4 Saturday 1st February, 6:30pm sign-in
The Libertine By Louis, 137 Magill Road, Stepney

FINAL Saturday 8th February, 7:00pm
Jive Nightclub, 181 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Click here to download and read the rules.

Summer Slam 19 – The Final

The Big Night is nearly upon us… the Grand Finale of Summer Slam 19, featuring the winners of the 4 heats plus some wild-card surprises.

2018 SA Poetry Slam winner, Sarah Jane Justice will be our special guest poet.

The heats have seen some top-shelf performances, so you can be sure the final will be hot!

Saturday 9th February

Jive Night Club
181 Hindley St, Adelaide


Click here for more details.