Slam spots up for grabs

Published on 18 July 2017

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Two places in the state final of the Australian Poetry Slam will be up for grabs at the Stawell heat of the Australia-wide hunt for the nation’s best young slam poets.

Entrants will speak, scream, howl, whisper or even sing their poems, stories, lyrics or monologues in next
week’s live heat at the Stawell Library on Friday, 28 July.
Two entrants from the Stawell heat are guaranteed a place in the Victorian final of the competition at the State Library in September later this year.

In addition to Friday’s live heat, world-famous slam poet Abe Nouk will visit St Arnaud Secondary College, Stawell Secondary College and Marian College on Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28 to help students develop their work ahead of Friday’s event. Nouk arrived in Australia as refugee from Sudan, and despite being almost illiterate when he arrived on Australian soil, has gone on to form a reputation as one of thecountry’s foremost spoken word performers.

The rules of Friday’s live heat are simple - performers head to the Stawell Library at 6 pm to register for a 6.30 pm start, with performance order chosen at random. Registered entrants will then have a maximum of two minutes to perform their piece in order to convince five audience members chosen as judges at random that they deserve a place in the Victorian final.

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