Feast Festival – City Library Poet-In-Residence applications now closed

Spoken Word SA, Adelaide City Library & Feast Festivals Poet-In-Residence program encourages poets to step out of comfort zones, engage the public, and create collaborative new work. Through free bespoke workshops curated by the Poet-In-Residence, the poet will connect with the community, enriching both residents and the city’s cultural life; leaving a lasting impact on Adelaide’s literary landscape.

A 16 hour Residency will take place during November at the City Library, Rundle Place, Adelaide (Level 3, entry off Francis St). Before applying, we encourage you to explore the space and facilities and see what our other residents have done with the opportunity in the past.

The Poet in Residence will receive: 

  • 16 hours of studio space at the City Library over consecutive weeks (e.g. 4 hrs a week for 4 consecutive weeks) during the library’s opening hours. Please ensure you are available for the full 16 hours. Note: The studio gives you a base but you are welcome to use the entire library in consultation with the Library Programs Staff.
  • Residency will be promoted through the City of Adelaide, Spoken Word SA and Feast Festival networks. 

Poet-In-Residence Guidelines

  • Present a public event in the library (e.g. performance, artist talk, workshop, exhibition, showcase) with a focus on the LGBTQIA+ Community.
  • Family friendly content (PG rated – suitable for public space) 
  • Promotion of residency and any included event through the artist’s networks. 
  • Work with the City Library to establish a schedule of hours and mutual agreement around use of space. The PIR will need to agree to abide by all City Library guidelines and policies to be outlined in an MOU. 
  • ABN required for payment. If you don’t have one, it’s quick and easy to obtain. More information available from Spoken Word SA.

Selection Criteria: 

  • Incorporating some aspect of spoken word (open to all forms and interpretations).
  • Engagement with the library community and patrons.
  • Use of library facilities (e.g. catalogue, media lab, library spaces, History Hub, engagement with patrons etc.). 
  • Creation of new work with an LGBTQIA+ context. The library will require the production of new work to add to the digital collections. This could include writing, audio, video, photographs etc. 
  • You are free to define and redefine poetry and the way libraries are used. An approach that requires new ways of thinking and engaging will be looked upon favourably. 

Application Form – You must apply via the on-line form below.


The Spoken Word SA Poet in Residence Program is made possible through a partnership with Adelaide City Libraries. Spoken Word SA is responsible for administrating the program and can be contacted with any arising issues or questions. Please note that Spoken Word SA will process and recommend the applications but the City of Adelaide and Adelaide Libraries will make the final choice.