2019 Australian Poetry Slam : SA dates, new rules & FAQ

Start getting ready for the 2019 Australian Poetry Slam! Here are the SA dates and venues. More details for each event will be announced closer to the dates. Make sure you check out the rules! Some have changed from previous years. Most importantly, if you get to the finals, you must do a new poem different from the one you did in your heat (or the previous final, if you get that far).

Click here to read the rules, terms and conditions in detail.

Frequently Asked Questions – click here for answers!

SA Heat 1 – Adelaide – State Library

Friday 16th August
7pm (6.30pm registration)
State Library Of SA Institute Building
Cnr North Tce/ Kintore Ave, Adelaide, SA 5000

Guest poet: Sarah-Jane Justice

SA Heat 2 – Salisbury

Saturday 24th August
3pm (2.30pm registration)
Salisbury Institute
17-19 Wiltshire Street, Salisbury, SA 5108

Guest poet: Ashlee Karlar

SA Heat 3 – Adelaide – Uni Bar

Friday 30th August
7pm (6.30pm registration)
Uni Bar Ground Level
Union House, North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide, SA 5000

Guest poet: Eugene Phoa

SA Heat 4 – Morphettvale

Friday 6th September
7pm (6.30pm registration)
Woodcraft Library
175 Bains Road, Morphettvale, SA 5162

Guest poet: Daydream Fever

SA Heat 5 – Adelaide – Jive

Thursday 12th September
7pm (6.30pm registration)
Jive Nightclub
181 Hindley Street, Adelaide, SA 5000

Guest poet: Jon Brooks


Friday 27 September
8pm (Doors open 7.30pm)
Goodwood Institute Theatre
166a Goodwood Road, Goodwood
$20 Book at Trybooking.com/525187

Empathy and the Body: Poetry Workshops with Chiara Gabrielli

Chiara Gabrielli in performance. Pic:  noa gfrerer

Using the canvas of the human anatomy, explore how to personify and more genuinely connect with the most immediate part of our lives, our bodies. Pulling our focus and vision inwards, towards ourselves, and away from the cacophony of external, larger lens of global news and information. Using the personal stories and relationships we have with our own bodies, and pre-existing text from medical books, advertisements, and other media to creatively spark another way of thinking.

SWSA is proud to present our latest Adelaide City Library Resident, Chiara Gabrielli.

Chiara’s workshop program commences on:
Saturday June 1st 
from 2.30pm
Adelaide City Library
3rd Floor, Francis Street (off Rundle Mall). 

Workshops will continue on Saturday 8th June and Saturday 15th June at 2.30pm.

The final workshop/performance will happen on Saturday 22nd June from 1pm with performance/presentation at 3pm the same day.

All workshops are free and you can attend as many or as few as you wish or are able to attend. 

Click here for the Facebook events.

The Spoken Word SA Poet in Residence Program is made possible through a partnership with Adelaide City Council City Library.

Chiara Gabrielli: 2019 Adelaide City Library Poet-in-Residence

Spoken Word SA and the Adelaide City Library are proud to announce the successful applicant for the Poet in Residence Program for May 2019: Chiara Gabrielli.

We saw a great set of applications with a record number being submitted for just one place. But the program looks like being back in 2019 – 20 and there will be plenty more opportunities.

More information coming soon with regard to what Chiara will be getting up to.