Zohab Zee Kahn at Jive

Zohab Zee Khan is one of the absolute very best that Australian spoken word has to offer. This is his very first tour of Adelaide. One not to be missed!

Supported by
Kultar “Koolta” Ahluwalia (2016 Most Popular Hip Hop Artist – SA Music Awards).
Jason Marsiglia (wordsmith extraordinaire and SA Poetry Slam winner)

Jive Nightclub
181 Hindley Street
27th June
7 pm
$15.00 entry

Zohab Khan is an educator, poet and multidisciplinary artist. Since 2006, Zohab has been building a formidable career in spoken word poetry, culminating in taking out the title of the Australian Poetry Slam Champion in 2014. As a poet, motivational speaker, didgeridoo player, and hip-hop artist, Zohab has performed and conducted workshops at venues and festivals in over 20 countries across the world. In 2015 he co-founded of The Pakistan Poetry Slam. As an 4th generation Australian of Pakistani heritage and having been raised inrural NSW, Zohab has channelled his distinct life experiences into stories with the intent to educate. He seamlessly integrates Urdu and Punjabi into his work as he confronts a range of issues from racism to inequality and socio-economic disparities. Zohab’s high energy and powerful words have left countless inspired.

Kultar Ahluwalia has achieved success as hip hop artist “Koolta” including 2016 Most Popular Hip Hop Artist (SA Music Awards), Clipsal 500 Bands On Track Winner 2015, Clip it! Winner 2012, Unearthed Parklife Winner 2012, Hilltops Hoods Initiative Winner 2011, sold out album launches, radio play on JJJ and community radio. He has been involved in over 30 Australian music releases from artists including Allday and Purpose. Daydream Fever, his the latest incarnation, is an evolution in sound, blending a wide range of genres from hip hop to punk to soul to electronica. Ahluwalia is at the helm of all these sounds handling the production, the instrumentation, the songwriting and the vocals. Ahluwalia is also heavily involved in the community having facilitated poetry, songwriting and music production workshops for DECD and independent schools and local councils (City of Marion, City Of Onkaparinga).

Jason Marsiglia is a performer, writer and queer arts advocate. He represented South Australia at the 2015 and 2016 National Poetry Slams, held at the Sydney Opera House. In 2015, he was the national runner up. Jason regularly performs at spoken word events around Adelaide and interstate. He is motivated and empowered by the opportunity to present a slice of one’s soul to an audience through performance poetry.


World Poetry Day Slam hits the heights!!

Taeghan, Holly and Aislinn

A massive night at The Little Red Door for the World Poetry Day Slam!

A full house and 17 outstanding poets performing their work supported by Sacrificial Poet and MC, Kami, and Guest Poet, Alison Bennett.

Congratulations to winner Taeghan Buggy, 2nd place Holly Konopka and very close 3rd, Aislinn Rossi.

Well done to everyone who braved the mic including a slew of fresh, new talent. We hope to see you all again!






World Poetry Day Slam, 21st March

Another ‘for the fun of it’ poetry slam from Spoken Word SA.

This time to celebrate World Poetry Day and introduce you all to a cool, ‘open to all’ venue, The Little Red Door, up the good end of Hindley Street.

The Little Red Door
182B Hindley Street
Wednesday 21st March 2018

7.30pm sign up for 8.00 start.
$6 entry.

Prizes for first, second and third.

All rules as for the Australian Poetry Slam including 2 minute time limit, no costumes or props, random judges and 20 performers maximum. Click here to read the rules.

Click here for the Facebook event.



Poetry and Feminism Workshop @ The Fringe

Poetry and feminism have always gone hand in hand as a tool to empower women.

Join us in challenging ideas of the ‘weaker sex’ by examining some feminist poetry – then brainstorming some of your own.

All ages and genders welcome. Writing prompts and lollies provided.

Thursday 8th March
Fringe Club
Rymill Park/Murlawirrapurka, Adelaide, South Australia

Got Questions? Contact artists[at]adelaidefringe[dot]com[dot]au or give us a call on 8100 2022.

Click here for the Facebook event.



Hi lights from the Prop Slam

The inaugural Prop Slam was an excellent night with slammers and audience alike treated to the fine hospitality of the Southwark Hotel.

Congratulations to:

First place: Kerryn Tredrea (with her wild whip action)
Second place: Gabrielle Everall
Third place: Aislinn Rossi



Prop Slam, Southwark Hotel, 15th July

Southwark Hotel

77 Port Road, Thebarton

Saturday, 15th July, 2017, from 7:00 pm, $5


OK, folks, here’s something a bit different, so check out the rules…


This is all new to us so we’ll see how it all goes but these are the rules we will be going with. Like all rules you can try and bend things or get ‘all clever’ to try and find interesting ways to present things we may not have thought of. But just be aware Spoken Word SA people will be on the spot to make binding calls on what qualifies. That being said, this one is brand new and experimental, so experiment…

Everything not mentioned here is as for the national Australian Poetry Slam rules. So it’s pretty much ‘standard rules’ with the exception of this complete reversal:

You MUST use a prop or COSTUME which must be RELATED TO YOUR POEM.

Now to help clarify what all this means:

  • You may have a pre-existing poem where you simply add a suitable prop or costume or even better you construct a piece based around having access to props.
  • That prop may not be another person (and just for the sake of venue rules no animals either). One person on stage only.
  • Whether or not the prop is related to the poem will be decided by Spoken Word SA and not the judges. An actual disqualification would be very unlikely but points may be deducted.
  • It is a VISUAL prop. It may be used to make noise either deliberately or inadvertently as with a regular slam. However no specific music or sound making based props. No musical instruments, CD players, computers or phones playing sounds – not even two spoons being tapped together 🙂

AND one more thing to help make it all a bit of fun:

  • One judge will not be random from the audience. Four random general public and one prechosen ‘Red Symons. Basically a judge whose job it is to be a bastard of a ‘hanging judge’ just as ol’ Red was back in the ‘Red Faces’ days on Hey, Hey It’s Saturday… (old folks remember this…)

Good luck and may the gong not strike!

More info and maps here.