Youth Week Poetry Slam and Workshop

Youth Week is coming up and Spoken Word SA are collaborating with Adelaide City Library to offer some events. Anyone between the ages of 12-25 is invited to learn, write, and share ideas on the theme of A Brighter Future: Adelaide as a Low Carbon City.

Tuesday 26 April 2022
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the Digital Hub
Hands-on workshop with Emelia Haskey (2019 Australian Poetry Slam National Finalist) to explore the craft of slam.
Workshop registration:

Friday 13 May 2022
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm in Studio
Slam competition! The event will feature guest judges, prizes for the winner and runner-up, and a whole lot of inspirational voices.
Poetry Slam registration:

Adelaide City Library
3 Rundle Place, 77-91 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000

SWSA’s Kami is Writers SA’s latest writer in residence

Kami at Jive: pic Ian gibbins

Award-winning poet and author, Kami McInnes will be travelling to the South East of South Australia this October as Writers SA’s latest Writer in Residence.

McInnes will be visiting several towns in the region to connect with readers and writers through readings, events, workshops at libraries and community centres, as well as providing one-on-one consultations:

  • Mt. Burr: General Store, 2 Thomas Drive Mt. Burr. Sunday 17th October 1pm. Meet The Author/ Reading (from Subterranean Redneck Blues and work in progress).
  • Millicent: Millicent Library Civic Centre, Ridge Tce Millicent Tuesday 19th Oct – Thurs 21st Oct 11am – 4pm. Writer In Residence – available for one-on-one sessions.
  • Robe: Robe Library, Mundy Terrace Robe Saturday 23rd October 10am – 2pm. Public workshop/meet the author event.
  • RobeRobe Town Brewery, 10 White Street Robe Sunday 24th October 1pm. Open Mic with special guests.
  • KeithBeyond Words Bookshop, 29A Hender Street Keith Thursday 28th October 7.30pm. Meet the author/ reading (from Subterranean Redneck Blues and work in progress).

During his residency, McInnes will be based in Millicent whilst visiting several towns in the region to hold workshops, present open mic events and the opportunity for one-on-one meetings with aspiring writers as well as readers. He will be offering the chance to chat about performance, poetry, writing and editing, organising events, tips to getting started and discussing the forms that memoirs can take. If you’d like to host an event or talk, please contact us at

Click here for more details.

Be Natural Poetry Slam at the 2021 Nature Festival

Guest Poet: Rachael Mead

Hosted by Spoken Word SA

Saturday, 2 October 2021
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Contestants sign up on the night at 5:30pm. The main event gets underway at 6:00pm.

Carrick Hill
46 Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield

Click here to book tickets.

Performers have two minutes maximum to share their original poem on the broad theme of ‘nature’. Contestants can speak, scream, howl, whisper or sing their original poem. There are no props, no costumes, no music: just the poet and the words. Judges are selected at random from the audience.
Full rules as per the Australian Poetry Slam :

Our guest poet performing for the evening: Rachael Mead

A poet, writer and arts reviewer living in South Australia. She’s had an eclectic life, working as an archaeologist, environmental campaigner and seller of books both old and new. She’s published four collections of poetry: The Flaw in the Pattern (UWA Publishing 2018), The Sixth Creek (Picaro Press 2013) and the chapbooks Sliding Down the Belly of the World (Wakefield Press 2012) and The Quiet Blue World (Garron Publishing 2015). Her debut novel The Application of Pressure was released by Affirm Press in May 2020.

Please join us from 5:00pm, have a drink at the bar at beautiful Carrick Hill and watch the sunset. Contestants sign up on the night at 5.30pm. The main event gets underway at 6:00pm.

Nature Poetry Slam at Dymocks

Spoken Word SA together with Dymocks Adelaide present the Be Natural Poetry Slam!

Saturday, 3rd October, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Dymocks Adelaide
135 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA 5000


The brand new Nature Festival is hitting Adelaide with a huge lineup of events. What better time to get involved in a slam that isn’t part of a larger competition but rather just about having some fun on the day with a given ‘theme’.

The rules are simple. You have two minutes maximum to share your original poem on the broad theme of “nature”.
There’re no costumes, no props, no musical instruments, backing band or tape… just you and your words (see the link for more on this).

Special Guest poet Rachael Mead.

Numbers are limited so make sure to get onto the link below and reserve your spot. And please remember if it turns out you can’t make it after all then let us know so someone else can have your ticket.

Click here for bookings.

Click here to find out more about the Nature Festival.

Seniors Slam off!

Are you 50+ ? Well we have a slam event for you! SWSA together with COTA SA are proud to present SENIORS SLAM OFF! as part of Zest Fest 2019.

Kings Head Hotel
357 King William Street (corner of Sturt Street), Adelaide
Thursday, 24th October, 2019.

Sign up at 6:30 for a 7pm start.

If you aren’t sure about slamming, we have a workshop on Wednesday 23rd at the Adelaide City Library from 5pm. Both events free.

Click here for more info from ZestFest 2019.

Spoken Word at Mockingbird Lounge for ages 11-18

Are you 11 to 18 years old and keen to learn a bit more about slam poetry and spoken word? Then this is a great opportunity, working with two time national finalist Caroline Reid to corral your words and create poetry!

Wednesday, 9th October, 2019
2:00 – 4:30pm

Mockingbird Lounge
63a Broadway, Glenelg South, SA 5045

Come join Caroline Reid from Spoken Word SA for a fun afternoon of poetry, writing tips, performance prompts and poetry slam history. Participants will get the opportunity to write and share their own work in a non – judgmental creative space. Caroline was in the top 5 at the Australian Poetry Slam in 2018 and is a state finalist once again in 2019. She has a long history in theatre, poetry and performance and holds regular poetry slam and writing workshops.

Ages 11 – 18 years. Cost $10.

Supported by the City of Holdfast Bay, the Mockingbird Lounge and Spoken Word SA.

Book now via the Facebook event here or Eventbrite here.