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Australian Poetry Slam: NSW Final

Past Event

Saturday, 14 October 2017 - 7pm to 9:30pm

Welcome to Story Fest: 3 days of live literary mayhem (Oct 13 - 15).

The best performing writers from every region of NSW converge upon the State Library to seize the microphone and electrify the audience. From Byron to Albury, Glebe to Moree, the voice of a state comes to life in one poetry packed night.

Judged by randomly chosen members of the crowd, this is a night of wild words where you can click your favourite poet to victory and boo the judges if they give the wrong score.

The two winning wordsmiths will represent NSW in the National Final at Sydney Opera House on Sunday 15 October, 2017.

Hosted by Australian Poetry Slam Champ 2016 Arielle Cottingham and featuring Sikh slam star Suhkjit Kaur Khalsa.

Find out more about Story Fest 2017.

Australian Poetry Slam runs heats nationally from June - October, culminating in Regional, State and Territory Finals. The winning poet - chosen at the National Final on Sunday 15 October – will venture out on an international writers' festival tour (among other cool prizes) as the Australian Poetry Slam Champion 2017.

Arielle Cottingham
2016 Australian Poetry Slam Champion Arielle Cottingham is an Afro-Latina performing writer from San Antonio, TX. Her book Black and Ropy was released in early August 2017 at Byron Writers’ Festival. She is currently touring the Asia Pacific Region. Click here to watch Arielle’s winning poem at the Australian Poetry Slam – National Final 2016. 

Suhkit Kaur Khalsa
Melbourne-raised Sikh poet and activist Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa initially made waves across in 2016 on Australia’s Got Talent. Her poems focus on feminism and the Sikh diaspora. Sukhit has toured with L-Fresh the Lion, and features in the recent documentary Turban Legends, following young Sikh Australians reclaiming and reinventing their heritage. Click here to watch Sukhjit’s performance on Australia’s Got Talent. 


Presented by Word Travels in partnership with the State Library of NSW

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