Seniors Slam off!

Are you 50+ ? Well we have a slam event for you! SWSA together with COTA SA are proud to present SENIORS SLAM OFF! as part of Zest Fest 2019.

Kings Head Hotel
357 King William Street (corner of Sturt Street), Adelaide
Thursday, 24th October, 2019.

Sign up at 6:30 for a 7pm start.

If you aren’t sure about slamming, we have a workshop on Wednesday 23rd at the Adelaide City Library from 5pm. Both events free.

Click here for more info from ZestFest 2019.

Emelia Haskey in action, winning the 2019 SA Poetry Slam

Emelia Haskey, Winner of the South Australian Poetry Slam 2019, performing at the State Final, Goodwood Theatre, Goodwood, 27th September 2019. Emelia is off to Sydney to compete in the Australian Poetry Slam national final at the Opera House.

Thanks to all the competitors, audiences, judges, volunteers and sponsors who made this happen!!

Spoken Word at Mockingbird Lounge for ages 11-18

Are you 11 to 18 years old and keen to learn a bit more about slam poetry and spoken word? Then this is a great opportunity, working with two time national finalist Caroline Reid to corral your words and create poetry!

Wednesday, 9th October, 2019
2:00 – 4:30pm

Mockingbird Lounge
63a Broadway, Glenelg South, SA 5045

Come join Caroline Reid from Spoken Word SA for a fun afternoon of poetry, writing tips, performance prompts and poetry slam history. Participants will get the opportunity to write and share their own work in a non – judgmental creative space. Caroline was in the top 5 at the Australian Poetry Slam in 2018 and is a state finalist once again in 2019. She has a long history in theatre, poetry and performance and holds regular poetry slam and writing workshops.

Ages 11 – 18 years. Cost $10.

Supported by the City of Holdfast Bay, the Mockingbird Lounge and Spoken Word SA.

Book now via the Facebook event here or Eventbrite here.

SA Poetry Slam 2019 State Final: winner Emelia Haskey!

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An amazing state final to a packed house saw a slam off for second place!  A great night, some superb poetry. Now, our winner Emelia Haskey and runner up Caroline Reid are off to Sydney! And well done to Jill Wherry who was pipped in the slam off but certainly didn’t go down without a fight!

Thanks once again to Rose Mackenzie for the photos and Matilda Bookshop for the ongoing sponsorship.

2019 SA Poetry Slam Final line-up!

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2019 SA Poetry Slam State Final
Friday 27 September
8pm (Doors open 7.30pm)
Goodwood Institute Theatre 
166a Goodwood Road, Goodwood
$20 Book at

After 5 massive full-house heats, we now have our 10 competitors for the 2019 SA Poetry Slam State Final. Congratulations to:

Heat 1 winner Caroline Reid  &  runner up Tracey O’Callaghan
Heat 2 winner Emelia Haskey  & runner up LJ Thiele
Heat 3 winner Jill Wherry  & runner up Ocean Trimboli
Heat 4 winner Scott Bartholemaeus  & runner up Abraham Freeman
Heat 5 winner Mika Friebel  & runner up Andrew Drake

Under the new rules, each poet will be performing a new poem, different from the one that got them to the Final…
Get in early to book your tickets: this event usually sells out quickly!

Our guest performer for the evening is the incredibly talented MANAL YOUNUS, an Australian based freelance storyteller. The young writer and spoken word artist uses her poetry to both discover and strengthen her identity as well as to spark thought and discussions amongst those around her. Manal facilitates writing and performance workshops in schools, community groups and professional environments to encourage others to develop their own voices. Since making the Australian Poetry Slam National Finals in 2013, Manal no longer competes in slams but has gone on to perform around the country including at The Sydney Opera House. In 2015, Manal released her first book of poetry called ‘Reap’ and launched it with a national tour with official launches in Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth and feature performances in Queensland and New South Wales. In 2016, Manal represented Australia at the Georgetown Literary Festival in Penang, Malaysia.

Manal Younus

Click here for the Facebook event.

SA Poetry Slam Heat 5 – last chance overload!

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The fifth and final heat at Jive had the most poets register than we have ever had in our time running the SA heats! Sadly that meant some had to miss out but what a stellar night it was. Congratulations to winner Mika Friebel and runner up Andrew Drake who are into the SA State Final on 27th September at Goodwood Theatre. Click here to get your tickets now! Thanks once again to Matilda Bookshop for their sponsorship of our official photographer Rose Mackenzie.