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.

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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.


Poetry at the Pot, featuring Naniso Tswai, December 9th, 2016


A special event – poetry night at the Coffee Pot with international guest Naniso Tswai (Berlin) plus SA Poetry Slam 2016 Winner Alison Bennett and 2016 Gawler Poetry Cup winner Nico.

The Coffee Pot

27 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA 5000.

Friday 9th December, 2016,

7:00 – 11:00 pm

$5 Entry, cheap drinks, a great chance to see some amazing talent.

Naniso Tswai is a Berlin-based author and spoken word artist. His work is strongly embedded in broader issues of justice and peace, particularly as these relate to identity. Over the past five years he has shifted his focus from academic writing to fictional writing, this has come in the form of short stories and novels. His spoken word art, which began as a writing experiment, has developed over the years and is now his main artistic outlet. He is the founder and current director of Berlin Spoken Word (BSW).

Alison Bennett studied at Adelaide College of the Arts. Most recently, she was State Winner for SA Poetry Slam, 2016 and Finalist for National Poetry Slam 2016 at The Sydney Opera House. When she is not unscrambling scrawlings on scraps of paper littering her floors, she writes and performs darkly emotive poetry involving her experiences through a lifetime of illness. She also enjoys writing comedic rhymes with lots of swear words. Alison lives in Adelaide with a growing collection of books she never gets time to read and a folder of tattoo ideas that she can’t afford to get done. Don’t trust Alison with your plants or pets… she has been known to kill cacti. She also likes the smell of trains in cold weather. You can find her Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/alisonbennettpoet/

Nico went to a less-than-average primary school, where no poorly-educated teacher likes to be corrected. By grade 5, she was exempt (or rather, excluded) from anything to do with maths (by a teacher who really ought not to have been teaching maths), and sent into another room to write stories. This led to a solid year ingraining, ‘daydreaming is better than counting’. Nico has since never learned long division, multiplication, or really anything to do with maths. She can word-jerk, though. And one time, that word-jerking got her some money and a big shiny cup-trophy that doesn’t open at the top. Good news – the money will be partly spent on a maths course. Nico WILL learn how to count. Bad news – There are trophy-cups that have lids that do not detach. It’s like those fake-pockets of deceit that can’t even open to hold your disappointment in them.

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