The Australian Poetry Slam 2015 is on again – the largest spoken-word program in the southern hemisphere.
All over Australia – from the small towns to the big cities – poets are sharpening their pencils and scribbling their stories to roll out their rhymes. Heats will be held in all the State and Territories to see who’ll get to go to Sydney to compete in the nationals in October. See heat dates below.
Excited? Want to be in it? Want some help?
Throughout the next two months central Australian poet Laurie May is on the road stopping only for poets!
Come and explore the spoken word poetic medium and get help to turn your stories, truths and experiences into poetry.
Workshops and Spoken Word events
29, 30 July Workshops, Tennant Creek
2 Aug The Dirty Word poetry event, Tennant Creek
5 Aug Workshops and Poetry Event, Katherine
8 Aug Workshops, Darwin
5, 12 Sept Workshops, Alice Springs
17 Sept central Australian heat APS, The Dirty Word, Eye of the Storm writers’ festival
Laurie May is a central Australian poet hailing from the Gulf of Carpentaria. Forever searching for an understanding of her own identity Laurie explores themes of family, poverty and heartache and the ‘new’ Australian identity through poetry and spoken word. Laurie represented Alice in the Australian Poetry Slam in 2012 and has gone on to perform at festivals and stages and run workshops throughout Australia and New Zealand.
To sign up email email@example.com
Australian Poetry Slam NT heats:
Darwin Wild Words 27 August
Central Australia The Dirty Word, Eye of the Storm festival, Alice Springs 17 September
Pick up your copy of the Eye of the Storm 2015 official reading list and join us for a sneak preview of the 2015
Eye of the Storm Writers’ Festival Program.
Readings. Music. Open Mic.
Sunday August 16
Watertank Cafe, Alice Springs
Jo Dutton spent her early childhood years in the Solomon Islands, her teenage years in Perth and has for the last twenty years called, the Arrernte country of Alice Springs, home. She came for a short term job twenty years ago, fell in love with the Centre and never left.
She was recently shortlisted for the NT Literary Awards for her short story, It’s a Privilege to Live in Arrente Country.
Kelly-lee Hickey is an award winning writer, performer and community cultural development artist living and working in the Northern Territory. She has worked extensively using collective narrative and story telling to connect communities in urban and remote areas in both Australia and Indonesia, with projects including A Stitch In Time and Vessels for Stories.
She was recently shortlisted for the NT Literary Awards for her poem, Precipitation.
Leni Shilton has lived in Central Australia for many years where she has worked as a creative writing lecturer, a prison educator and a bush nurse. She is a poet and her work ispublished in journals and anthologies, most recently in Women’s Work, Art Monthly, Axon and Swamp. She is currently completing a PhD in creative writing through Southern Cross University.
She was recently shortlisted for the NT Literary Awards for her essay, Writing the landscape as a personal journal.
Alice Springs Desert Festival in partnership with the Central Lands Council
We’re excited to announce that Eye of the Storm 2015 is back on track, with Dani Powell taking the reins as festival program co-ordinator.
Block out the dates in your diary and start booking travel if you don’t live in Alice!
Eye of the Storm – writing, culture and ideas at the heart of the country
Writers and storytellers come together under the 2015 theme Finding Home.
Thurs 17 to Sun 20 September, 2015
Presented by NT Writers’ Centre