Australian Poetry Slam 2020: SA Heat 2 at Parks Library

South Australian Heat 2
Friday 11th September 2020

Parks LIbrary
46 Trafford Street Angle Park
6.30pm sign up for 7pm start  
$6 entry for audience and competitors

Contestants have 2 minutes to 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. The heat winners compete again in the SA State Final and the two top finalists then go on to compete in the Australian Poetry Slam National Showcase.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a COVID-safety plan in place. Amongst other things, this means we need to record contact information for everyone attending to allow contact tracing in the event of a virus outbreak. To make things easier on the night, if you are considering coming along, please fill in the following form in advance, so then we can simply tick you off. The information on the form will only be used for contact tracing should it become necessary.

Please note that filling in the form does not register you for competing on the night: you still need to sign up from 6:30 – 7:00pm at the venue.

Click here to read the rules for 2020.

Australian Poetry Slam 2020: SA Heat 1 at Jive

South Australian Heat 1
Friday 21th August 2020

Jive Nightclub 
181 Hindley Street Adelaide
6.30pm sign up for 7pm start  
$6 entry for audience and competitors

Contestants have 2 minutes to 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. The heat winners compete again in the SA State Final and the two top finalists then go on to compete in the Australian Poetry Slam National Showcase.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a COVID-safety plan in place. Amongst other things, this means we need to record contact information for everyone attending to allow contact tracing in the event of a virus outbreak. To make things easier on the night, if you are considering coming along, please fill in the following form in advance, so then we can simply tick you off. The information on the form will only be used for contact tracing should it become necessary.

Please note that filling in the form does not register you for competing on the night: you still need to sign up from 6:30 – 7:00pm at the venue.

Click here to read the rules for 2020.

Ashlee Karlar joins the SWSA Team!

It is time for Spoken Word SA to officially welcome to the fold its talented new co-director! Ashlee Karlar is a queer, feminist poet from Adelaide. A lover of odes and metaphors, Ashlee is a social worker who believes that art and writing is an underused tool in trauma informed practice. She is a past SA finalist for the Australian Poetry Slam, a former poet in residence, and a regular at open mics around the city.

Summer Slam 19 Final: the winners!

SS19 winner, Mika Friebel; 3rd place, Riley Kamp; and runner-up, Pam Makin

The Summer Slam 19 Final went off big time at Jive Nightclub! Congratulations to our winner Mika Friebel, runner up, Pam Makin, close third, Riley Kamp and all the fine wordsmiths who took part in this year’s events.

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Summer Slam 19 Heat 1 hits its straps

Heat 1 Runner-up Julia Henning and Winner Pam Makin

The Summer Slam 19 started off in fine fashion with 12 competitors in front of a packed house at the State Library of South Australia. Congrats to winner Pam Makin and runner-up Julia Henning.

There are still three heats to go before the final. Heat 2 is at the Broadcast Bar on Sunday 13th January. Click here for details.

Summer Slam 19 Heat 1 audience admiring the show…