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.

Emelia Haskey: 1st Adelaide City Libraries Poet in Residence for 2021.

Emelia Haskey at the 2020 SA Poetry Slam State Final

Spoken Word SA in partnership with Adelaide City Libraries are very pleased to announce our next Poet In Residence is Emelia Haskey who will be looking at the effects of COVID-19 on community and connection.

Emelia says, “As we slowly recover from the ravages of a global pandemic, it is important to acknowledge what keeps us connected when we are so far apart. I want to discover how we stay connected with our bodies, our loved ones, nature, and the world at large when we are required to stay distant. How does our relationship with our parents change when we can only visit them through the glass in a nursing home? When do we need to disconnect from the news or social media? Are we trying to keep moving or embracing time to rest? I will be creating a space to explore these issues and more through public workshops and a final presentation.”

Stay tined for dates and details of Emelia’s workshops and final presentation.

Applications are still open for the second residency. Click here for details.

Spoken Word SA 2021 Poet in Residence Program at City Library – Applications now open – Round 1 closes 17th February.

We’re pleased to announce the Spoken Word SA Poet in Residence Program at the City Library in Rundle Place, Adelaide, will continue in 2021. 

Our first month long residency will take place beginning late March/Early April followed by a second residency in June. The Poet in Residence will be given 16 hours over their allocated month to work from a studio space provided within the library, and will additionally create at least one opportunity to present or perform their work. Chosen participants will be paid for their involvement. 

All ideas and applications are welcome. Poetry might be written, spoken, and/or expressed in another form. To get your brains thinking: facilities in the library can include access to internet, access to media lab (thinking audio recording?), projectors (2 projectors in one space!), pin-up and whiteboard walls (for spontaneous scribblings, or something interactive perhaps?).

Applications are open NOW. You can apply by one of the following options:

• Contacting Spoken Word SA for an application form by emailing saspokenword@gmail.com.
• Downloading guidelines and application forms here.
• Completing the on-line application form below.

Round 1 Applications for the March /April Residency close on 5pm Wednesday 17th April.


Please make sure you read the guidelines and selection criteria before making your application.

Overview of the program

A 16 hour Residency will take place during April and again in June 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.

Each chosen resident will receive:

  • 16 hours of studio space at the City Library over a period of six consecutive weeks (e.g. 4hrs 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 and Spoken Word SA networks.

Poet In Residence Guidelines

  • Present a public event in the library (e.g. performance, artist talk, workshop, exhibition,showcase).
  • Family friendly content (PG rated – suitable for public space).
  • Promotion of residency and any included event through the artist’s networks.
  • Work with City Library to establish a schedule of hours and mutual agreement around useof space. The Poet in Residence 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, engagementwith patrons etc).
  • Creation of new work. The library will require the production of new work to add to their 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.

The Spoken Word SA Poet in Residence Program is made possible through a partnership with the City of Adelaide and Adelaide 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.

No Summer Slam this year… :(

Dear poetry slam family,
unfortunately there will be no Summer Slam this year.

2020 was tough and the start of 2021 is no different. Everyone managed to contribute a great deal to getting the SA leg of the 2020 Australian Poetry Slam done and dusted. We are very proud of our volunteers and very grateful not only to everyone who competed but everyone who attended as audience members. We made it happen because we simply had to. But we are under-resourced, unfunded and, quite frankly, exhausted.

So please all explore your local poetry community and see what other events you can be involved in while we take a short breather from slamming. One good place to keep up to date on what’s happening around town is the Adelaide Poetry Gig Guide on Facebook

We look forward to seeing you all at the 2021 SA Poetry Slam later in the year.

In the meantime, you can relive some of the best of recent SA Slam events on the SWSA Youtube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN0po6QsStXJw2QGNnRm5Ng

For the Love of Adelaide

Here it finally is, poetry people! After all the closures and restrictions you can now experience live ‘For the Love of Adelaide‘. This event is a culmination of all the hard yards put in by Adelaide City Libraries Poet in Residence Deb Stewart and those who attended and interacted at her workshops.

Friday 30th October
6:00 to 7:00pm.


Adelaide City Libraries

Level 3 Rundle Place, Adelaide.

Free entry.

SA Poetry Slam 2020 Final hits the heights!

2020 finalists
2020 runner up Chris Jaska and winner Jill Wherry
Sacrifice: Caroline Reid
Susan Brame
Olenka Toroshenko
Tracey O'Callaghan
Tracy McNally
Manuela Akot
2020 winner Jill Wherry
2020 runner-up Chris Jaksa
Themba Shumba
Sarah Jane Justice
Emelia Haskey
Guest: Day Dream Fever
Guest: Day Dream Fever
Kami rules
Mel keeps score
Behind the curtain, waiting
Out of the hat
Covid-Safe audience
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2020 finalists
2020 runner up Chris Jaska and winner Jill Wherry
Sacrifice: Caroline Reid
Susan Brame
Olenka Toroshenko
Tracey O'Callaghan
Tracy McNally
Manuela Akot
2020 winner Jill Wherry
2020 runner-up Chris Jaksa
Themba Shumba
Sarah Jane Justice
Emelia Haskey
Guest: Day Dream Fever
Guest: Day Dream Fever
Kami rules
Mel keeps score
Behind the curtain, waiting
Out of the hat
Covid-Safe audience
previous arrow
next arrow

The Goodwood Institute Theatre was packed to Covid-Safe capacity for the Final of the SA Poetry Slam 2020. Congratulations to winner, Jill Wherry, runner-up, Chris Jaksa, and all the other finalists: Manuela AkotSusan BrameEmelia HaskeySarah Jane JusticeTracy McNallyTracey O’CallaghanThemba Shumba and Olenka Toroshenko.

Jill and Chris will now go on to compete in the National Finals in November: stay tuned for details.

Special thanks to mentor and sacrifice, Caroline Reid and guest performer, Day Dream Fever.

Meanwhile, Kami kept things under control, Mel kept score and time, Ian took the pictures.