SA Poetry Slam 2016: Heat 3, 2nd September @ State Library of SA


Heat 3 of the SA leg of the Australian Poetry Slam is coming your way!

Friday, 2nd September

Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building, State Library of South Australia

corner North Terrace & Kintore Avenue

Registrations open at 6:30pm. The show starts at 7:00pm.
20 competitors per heat – first 15 are guaranteed, if over 20 register those last five spots are decided by random draw.

$5 Entry / Door. $150 in prizes and two spots in the SA Slam Final up for grabs. 

Our feature performer is Khail Jureidini: poet, wordsmith, enigma, a true veteran of the Australian poetic landscape.

More details here.

Read the Slam rules here.

Pic courtesy of Martin Christmas.


Heat 1, SA Poetry Slam, 19th August @ SA Writers’ Centre: Winners!


Congrats to the winners of Heat 1, Jason Marsiglia and Chiara Gabrielli, who are off to the State Final! Sell-out capacity crowd, new faces among the competitors, huge range of styles, great words, great performances!!

Thanks to Matilda Bookshop for sponsorship and Luxi Photography for the pix.

Get your next chance to compete or come along and cheer at Heat 2 at Salisbury, 26th August.

If you haven’t been to a slam before, here’s a summary of how it works:

  • Sign-in on the night.
  • Sign-in opens at 6:30pm for a 7:00 start.
  • There is a maximum of 20 entrants per heat. The first 15 are guaranteed; if over 20 register, those last 5 spots are decided by random draw.
  • Contestants read in a randomly selected order.
  • There is an absolute time limit of 2 minutes.
  • Contestants are scored by 5 judges selected at random from the audience.
  • No props, musical accompaniments, or costumes are allowed.
  • The two highest scored contestants proceed to the State Final, held on Friday, 30th September, 2016.

Click here to read all the rules.

More info at the event page.

For all the info across the nation head to

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SA Poetry Slam 2016: Heat 2, 26th August @ Salisbury Institute


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Poetry slams are electric live events where the audience is the judge. Poets have 2 minutes to speak, scream, howl, whisper or sing their original poem for a chance at state and national glory.

Heat 2 is coming your way Friday, 26th August at the Salisbury Institute as part of this years Salisbury Writers’ Festival presented by the City of Salisbury.

$5 Entry / Door. Sign in at 6:30 for 7:00pm start.
$150 in prizes and two spots in the SA Final up for grabs.

Due to circumstances beyond Spoken Word SA’s control, Abe Nouk can no longer be our guest.  We are as disappointed as you, as is Abe, that for personal reasons he could not join us this weekend.  Filling the breach as guest poet will be Kami, two time Australian Poetry Slam finalist and winner of the Single Poet Collection Award at the 2010 Poetry Unleashed Festival.

Click here to see the event page for more details on the Rules for the Slam and how to find Salisbury Institute.

Dymocks ‘Dead Poets Society’ 18 August: tribute to William Blake, featuring Jonathon Scobie

SPOKEN WORD SA proudly brings you another amazing ‘Dead Poets Society’ monthly event!

18th August 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 pm,at Dymocks, Rundle Mall, Adelaide.

Jonathon Scobie performs both his own material and that of our tribute poet William Blake.

Remember it’s FREE ENTRY.

A selection of William Blake’s works will be for sale.

There is an open mic, where you can read a poem by William Blake and one of your own that reflects his influence on your writing.

Jonathan Scobie is a high school English teacher whose love of literature was fed by the magic of exegetical discovery. He counts 100 Years of Solitude as his ATF novel; Citizen Kane as his ATF film; William Blake as his ATF poet/artist; but can’t decide between Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel or Nick Cave as his ATF pop lyricist.

William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. His prophetic works have been said to form “what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language” – Wikipedia

More details on the event page.

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Dymocks ‘Dead Poets Society’ 21 July: tribute to Sarah Kay, featuring Roisin Maeve


SPOKEN WORD SA proudly brings you another amazing ‘Dead Poets Society’ monthly event at Dymocks Adelaide.

Performace poet and national Australian Poetry Slam finalist Roisin Maeve performing both her own material and that of our tribute performance poet Sarah Kay.

Remember it’s FREE ENTRY.

A selection of Sarah Kay’s works will be for sale.

There is an open mic, where you can read a poem by Sarah Kay and one of your own that reflects her influence on you.

More details on the event page.