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 bronwyn@writerssa.org.au.

Click here for more details.

Welcome to Sarah!

Spoken Word SA is proud to announce our new team member Sarah Jane Justice who will be taking over many key roles including that of MC for all of the slams. Sarah is a poet, performer and national finalist of the Australian Poetry Slam.

Kami will be taking less of a role this year but will still be seriously involved. Daniel Watson will be doing whatever it is that he does. And then there is ‘the man in the back room’ Ian Gibbins. The live events would also be impossible without our great team of volunteers and of course you, the poets and audience.

Sarah Jane Justice is a songwriter, spoken word artist, poet, author, and performer. In the field of spoken word, she has won the Goolwa Poetry Cup, the Northern Fringes Slam, the Salisbury Fringe Slam, and presented twice at Adelaide Writers’ Week. After being named SA state champion in the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam, she competed as a national finalist in the competition at the Sydney Opera House. Her written poetry has been published by The Blue Nib, Capsule Stories, and South Broadway Press, and her short fiction has been featured in releases by The Bombay Review, Eerie River Publishing, and Caustic Frolic. As a singer-songwriter, she has created three studio releases of original music, as well as a one-woman cabaret show performed at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Click here to see more about Sarah and her work on her website.

The Constellation Project: special call-out

The Constellation Project is a collaboration between Australian Red Cross, Centre for Social Impact, Mission Australia, and PwC Australia. It delivers practical solutions that are co-designed with first nations people & those who have lived experience of homelessness. The project brings together a cross-sector, national network to accelerate practical ideas to end homelessness.

“We know that vulnerable young people, such as those with a history of traumatic family experiences or involvement in the criminal justice system, are significantly more likely than their peers to experience homelessness… [We]  … aim that no young Australian aged 17-24 will end up homeless after leaving the custody of youth justice and / or out of home care… We do this by exploring gaps in the system as well as prototyping and accelerating potential solutions via a social lab, an innovative approach to solving complex social challenges.”

Their current project “Better Journeys” social lab kicks off on: 
Monday 12 April and Tuesday 13 April 2021
in PwC’s  office
Level 11/70 Franklin Street, Adelaide. 
Approximately 50 attendees ranging from government, private business, academics and non-government agencies are attending.

Many lived experience voices have been integrated into the project and the kick-off event itself. But to hear another lived experience voice through spoken word would be a powerful way to capture yet another voice and support their art form. 

The project is looking for a person who may have experienced some form of out of home care, had contact with the youth justice system or experienced a form of homelessness and comfortable to share their experience/point of view through spoken word for a few minutes.

If you think you meet these criteria and would like to take part in the project, please fill in the Expression of Interest form below. Any information entered there will remain confidential to the organisers.

Click here to find out more about The Constellation Project.

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.

No Fields Found.

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.

No Fields Found.

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.