Winter Warm-Up Slam 2021 Final burns up Jive

Luke Mann - winner
Tracey O'Callaghan - 2nd place
Paul Kohn -3rd place
Matthew Pankhurst
Tegan Sabine
Grace Atta
Pam Makin
Kerryn Tredrea
Carissa Fischer
Cassandra Quin
Sarah Jane Justice - MC and Guest Poet
Kami - Sacrificial Poet
The Jive audience warms up
Thank you, Jive
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Well, that’s it for the Winter Warm-Up Slam for 2021! A top quality final at Jive saw Luke Mann come out in 1st place followed by Tracey O’Callaghan in 2nd and Paul Kohn in 3rd. Congratulations to the winners and all the poets who took part. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the event as participants or audience (or judges!). Special thanks to our sponsors The Devotea, NextFaze, Wakefield Press and Jive.

Details of the SA State Heats for the 2021 Australian Poetry Slam will be announced soon. Stay tuned…

The Finalists

Winter Warm-Up Heat 2 beats the virus

Pam Makin - 3rd
Sharifah
Cecilia Ronson
Paul Kohn - 2nd
Kerryn Tredrea - 5th
Lexis Vhi
Matthew Pankhurst - 4th
Tegan Sabine - 6th
Sally Newman - 1st
Kami keeps score
Support the sponsors - NextFaze and Devotea
Sarah - MC and Sacrifice
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On the eve of new COVID-19 restrictions, Heat 2 of the Winter Warm-Up slam featured a strong set of highly personal performances from all the poets in front of an enthusiastic audience. Congratulations to winner Sally Newman, 2nd place Paul Kohn, 3rd Pam Makin, 4th Matthew Pankhurst and 5th Kerryn Tredrea. Sally cannot attend the final, so the last place in the final goes to Tegan Sabine after a closely-scored slam-off with Lexis Vhi.

We’re looking forward to seeing the 5 place-getters compete with the 5 place-getters from Heat 1 at the final, which will be at Jive on 8th July.

Click here for info and links for the Final.

Stay tuned for any updates on the COVID-19 situation and any impact that will have on arrangements for the final.

Winter Warm-Up Slam Heat 1 packs The Joinery

Sarah running the show
Shaine Melrose
Avalanche
Lexis Vhi
Keren Sutcliff
Conor Brown - 4th place
Cassandra Quin - equal 3rd place
Madeleine Donna
Luke Mann - equal 3rd place
Bruce Greenhalgh
Aaron Woolford
Pam Makin
Grace Atta - 5th place
Carissa Fischer - 2nd place
Tracey O'Callaghan - 1st place
Rubina
Emelia Haskey
Heat 1 audience
Daniel does the door
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What a great night! The first heat of the 2021 Winter Warm-Up Slam saw sixteen poets competing to a packed audience. The atmosphere was electric, the tea was hot, and the MC’s jokes were lukewarm but still well-received. The poetry was at an incredibly high standard, and while we enjoyed every single piece, we want to congratulate our finalists!

First place went to Tracey O’Callaghan, second to Carissa Fischer, tied for third were Cassandra Quin and Luke Mann, and Conor Brown took out fourth place. Unfortunately, Conor can’t make it to the final, so we’re thrilled to have our fifth-place winner Grace Atta taking the stage instead.

We’re all looking forward to seeing them compete at the final, which will be at Jive on 8th July.

In the meantime, there’s still one more heat! Get to the Joinery at 7pm next Monday 28th June – that’s the same time and place as heat one. For poets, this is your last chance to stake out your spot in the final. For audience, this is an opportunity to enjoy some more amazing performances!

Click here for info and links for Heat 2.

Click here for info and links for the Final.

Winter Warm-Up Slam – Final

Thursday, 8 July 2021
Doors open 7:00pm for 7:30pm start

Jive Nightclub
181 Hindley Street, Adelaide

$10 entry. Click here for tickets at trybooking.

The FINAL of the Winter Warm-Up Slam will be taking place at Jive on Hindley St. Cement your position as a finalist by attending the heats, or come along to be bowled over by what Adelaide’s best slammers can do. Doors will open at 7.00PM, with a $10 fee to watch.

Our feature act for this event will be Spoken Word SA’s newest team member, Sarah Jane Justice. Since making her slam poetry debut, Sarah Jane Justice has won the SA state final of the Australian Poetry Slam, the Goolwa Poetry Cup, and the Northern Fringes Slam. In addition to her spoken word titles, her written poetry and short fiction have been featured in publications around the world. Her artistic achievements also include creating three studio releases of original music, writing and performing a science-fiction cabaret show, and curating the mixed media exhibition ‘Cracks in our Shadows’.

Poetry book prizes for the heats and runner-up at the final are kindly donated by Adelaide based publisher Wakefield Press. www.wakefieldpress.com.au

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Winter Warm-Up Slam – Heat 2

Monday, 28 June 2021
Doors open 7:00pm for 7:30pm start

The Joinery
111 Franklin Street, Adelaide

$6 to compete or look on. Click here for tickets at trybooking.

Get ready to sharpen your slam tools! The fallout from 2020 meant that 2021 started on a slow note for slam in SA. With the Australian Poetry Slam looming on the horizon, we wanted to give our poets a chance to get back on the stage! Practice competing with some new poems, brush up on the old ones, and have fun sharing your work with an audience.

To get those poetry muscles warmed up, we’re putting the fire under your toes by doing this with only TWO HEATS and ONE FINAL. Five competitors from each heat will battle it out at Jive for prizes and glory. With only two opportunities to get through to the final, you’re going to want to make sure you get those heat dates in your calendar!

Standard slam rules apply – that means a two minute maximum for poems, no props or costumes, and judges chosen randomly from the audience.


HEAT TWO will be taking place at the Joinery, a great little community venue next to the bus depot on Franklin St. Doors will open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start, with a $6 fee for both audience and competitors. We’re diving straight into the competition for this one – no feature act!

For Heat Two, we are lucky enough to be sponsored by another awesome South Australian business. NextFaze is a boutique software development studio in North Adelaide. Their team of smart developers works closely with founders and clients to deliver a high-quality product, no matter how big or small. With extensive experience in new ventures and the ability to adapt quickly to emerging technologies, NextFaze delivers beautifully functioning solutions tailored to match any idea or business need.Check out their portfolio and available services at https://www.nextfaze.com/


Poetry book prizes for the heats and runner-up at the final are kindly donated by Adelaide-based publisher Wakefield Presswww.wakefieldpress.com.au

Winter Warm-Up Slam – Heat 1

Thursday, 24 June 2021
Doors open 7:00pm for 7:30pm start

The Joinery
111 Franklin Street, Adelaide

$6 to compete or look on. Click here to book tickets at trybooking.

Get ready to sharpen your slam tools! The fallout from 2020 meant that 2021 started on a slow note for slam in SA. With the Australian Poetry Slam looming on the horizon, we wanted to give our poets a chance to get back on the stage! Practice competing with some new poems, brush up on the old ones, and have fun sharing your work with an audience.

To get those poetry muscles warmed up, we’re putting the fire under your toes by doing this with only TWO HEATs and one final. Five competitors from each heat will battle it out at Jive for prizes and glory. With only two opportunities to get through to the final, you’re going to want to make sure you get those heat dates in your calendar!

Standard slam rules apply – that means a two minute maximum for poems, no props or costumes, and judges chosen randomly from the audience.

HEAT ONE will be taking place at The Joinery, a great little community venue next to the bus depot on Franklin St. Doors will open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start, with a $6 fee for both audience and competitors. We’re diving straight into the competition for this one – no feature act!

We’re very lucky to have heat one sponsored by two amazing local businesses, The Devotea and Heartfelt Support.

The Devotea is South Australia’s home of fresh, vibrant loose leaf tea blends. Since 2007, locals have enjoyed our unique range. Our monthly blending ensures the freshest tea, sent direct to you. Find out more at http://www.the-devotea.com.au/

Horses are cool to hang out with, and Heartfelt Support is a disability support agency that lets you interact with them to learn, to grow, to feel better. Our flexible Horse Centred Wellbeing programme is based in Onkaparinga Hills and is personalised for every client. We’re support workers, not fancy (and expensive) equine therapists, so expect fun as you meet your goals. Find out more at https://heartfeltsupport.com.au/

Poetry book prizes for the heats and runner-up at the final are kindly donated by Adelaide based publisher Wakefield Press. https://www.wakefieldpress.com.au/ 

Click here for the Facebook event.