SA Heat 1 – 2023 Australian Poetry Slam

Friday 18 August 2023
Doors at 6:30pm for sign up

State Library of SA
corner Kintore Avenue and North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000

$10 at the door or at

Book tickets

There is a maximum of 20 poets per heat, so make sure to get there on time!

Poems must be two minutes or under, no props, no costumes, just you and the power of your words. The full APS 2023 rules are at the following link – make sure you read them!


Two poets chosen by the audience at each of our five South Australian heats will head to the SA Final. The winner and runner-up of the SA Final will be off to Nationals in Sydney!

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Guest poet for Heat 1: Shaine Melrose

pic: Ian Gibbins

Shaine Melrose is a queer emerging poet and retired gardener, living and working on Kaurna country, in the Adelaide hills. Whilst challenged with disabling chronic illness, Shaine likes to perform and grow things, especially vegetables and hang out in the garden. Nature is solace. Shaine is an award winning internationally published writer, poet and spoken word performer. You can read Shaine’s work in: Friendly Street Poets New Poets #23, chap-book, Shooting Words From My Soul, Overland 250, Saltbush Review, Wattletales, Australian Poetry Journal 12.1, Bramble Journal and Cordite Poetry Review.

Take a peek at Shaine’s Instagram under the handle @a_poet_swallowed_shaine