SLAM: Try something new at the Kyogle Writers Festival

You too could do slam poetry. Don’t know what it is or how to do it. You’ve come to the right place.

What is Slam Poetry?

Slam poetry is performance-based art and the poem is through speech and performance instead of conveying it as the written word.

You watch instead of read the poem.

Slam poetry is not rapping

People often confuse slam poetry with rapping. It’s not. Slam poetry is done without the aid of music or props.

Slam poetry doesn’t rely on rhyme. It can rhyme – and it’s also fine if it doesn’t.

Slam poets are scored on a scale of 1-10 by audience members.

The mixture of content with the passionate gesturing and performing makes it great conduit for expressing a whole gamut of human emotions and debate on social issues.

The workshop

Slam Poetry prize-winning poet and educator Sarah Temporal will take you through the steps of slam poetry in a fun and inclusive workshop.

Sarah Temporal is leading the workshop.

You will leave the workshop with a new spoken-word creation ready to enter the Kyogle Writers Festival poetry slam on Sunday where the audience judge the poetry.

On the day, you have the microphone for two minutes  to respond to  ‘What’s your story?’

Slam Poetry workshop on Saturday 14 May 14 at 11am-12.30pm. Book here. Tickets $20

Workshop is being held at the Laneway Community Space, 161 Summerland Way, Kyogle

The open mic event is free.

Full festival program here.

Here are some videos of slam poets.

Poet Solli Raphael from Coffs Harbour delivers an encore performance at the Australian Poetry Slam national final to a full house at the Sydney Opera House, becoming the competition’s youngest winner yet

Melanie Mununggurr Williams is the first ever Indigenous Australian Poetry Slam Champion.

Watch this rousing performance by Zaynab Farah, who won the 2019 Victorian final of Australian Poetry Slam.

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