Howlin’ at the 2022 Animal Slam!

The Final Five (L to R): Cayley Ferguson (runner-up), Sarah Manning, Tracy McNally (3rd place), Tracey O’Callaghan (winner), Lexis Vhi. Sarah Jane Justice (behind) spruiks the next events.

The inaugural SWSA Animal Slam went off in all the best possible ways! Big audience, great selection of poets and fabulous performances! After two highly competitive rounds, Tracey O’Callaghan came out in first place, closely followed by Cayley Ferguson and Tracy McNally. Congrats also to Sarah Manning and Lexis Vhi who also made it to the second round. Taeghan Buggy totally ripped in the guest spot.

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Spoken Word SA Presents: Animal Slam!

Friday, 10 June 2022
6:30 pm

State Library of South Australia
cnr Kintore Avenue and North Tce, Adelaide, 5000

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Get ready, South Australia! Spoken Word SA is calling on all our poets for a special one night only competition. This is… Animal Slam!

We’re using the format you all loved from this year’s Summer Slam: all entrants compete in the first round, and the top five scoring poets go through to an immediate second round to battle it out for first place.

For this competition, all first round poems must be somehow tied to … ... Read more ...

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, ... Read more ...

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
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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

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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.
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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 … ... Read more ...

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 … ... Read more ...