SA Heat 3 – 2023 Australian Poetry Slam

Friday 1 September 2023
Doors at 6:30pm for sign up

Port Adelaide Library
2-4 Church Street Port Adelaide, SA 5015

$10 at the door or at

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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 performer for Heat 3: Marc Ryan

Adelaide Comedian Marc Ryan, better known as The Beautiful Bogan, has been performing stand-up comedy around Australia for the past decade. Gaining 4 and ½ star reviews for the Adelaide Fringe shows he has written and presented, Ryan has performed alongside the likes of Wil Anderson, Adam Hills, Dave Hughes and Fiona O’Loughlin. He has also toured New Zealand supporting American comedian Kevin Tate.

Over the last 4 years Marc has been on a mission to use his lived experience of mental illness (PTSD, Depression and Anxiety) and with this in mind, created his own epic tour ‘The Beautiful Bogan vs The Black Dog’ which entailed 30 gigs in 30 days, from mining camps to a local church, a boxing gym, a skate ramp and many more crazy locations. All of this with the aim to normalise the conversation around mental health and to let men know that they are not alone in their struggles. In recent times Marc has delivered his message of hope in the face of darkness to drought affected communities on Eyre Peninsula and to fire ravaged towns on Kangaroo Island. He has also performed at Iluka’s Jacinth-Ambrosia mine and at the Moomba Gas works for Global Engineering.

This Beautiful Bogan is not afraid of getting vulnerable and opening up about his personal demons if it means he can make another man or women feel less alone. His mission is to change one life at a time.