Licy Be - WA
Licy Be is a musician on a mission, performing at festivals, international radio shows and climbing to the top of Australia's Triple J Unearthed Charts. Licy Be sees the mic as an opportunity to inspire, encourage and empower others and aims to advocate for suicide prevention through music and poetry.
William Beale - VIC
William Beale is an Australian spoken word poet, writer and actor, who performs, produces and teaches in international poetry communities far and wide. Co-founder of Malaysia's 'If Walls Could Talk' and Co-Creative Producer of Melbourne's 'Slamalamadingdong', his debut book has been called "a boy howling his way into the world."
Story Fest Events:
Alison Bennett - SA
When Alison is not unscrambling scrawls on scraps of paper littering her floors, she writes darkly emotive poetry involving her experiences through a lifetime of illness. She also enjoys writing humorous pieces involving many swear words. Alison lives in Adelaide with a growing collection of books she never gets time to read.
Luka Buchanan - WA
Luka Buchanan is a nineteen-year-old Australian poet. For them, poetry is a fistfight with god and spoken word is the bag of peas held tenderly over a post-god fight black eye. Luka has been writing poetry for a year.
Arielle Cottingham - VIC
Arielle Cottingham is a poet and performance artist out of coastal Texas, now based in Melbourne. Her poetry ranges from raw vulnerability to provocative politics, exploring how the personal influences the public, and vice versa. In addition to writing and performing, Arielle is one of the creative producers for Slamalamadingdong
Aisling Doyle - ACT
Aisling is a born and raised teenage Canberran. She grew up with her mum, dad and older brother. Other than slam poetry which she only discovered a few months ago, Aisling has many hobbies. These include musical productions, tennis, reciting Pi and endless debates over political issues on Facebook. She hopes people enjoy and learn from her poetry and she can't wait to perform.
Lauren Hay - TAS
Lauren Hay is 21 and currently a first year University student, living away from home to study. She grew up on the north-west of Tasmania and began writing prose at 10; discovering poetry shortly after. She likes puns, her pet cat and a cup of tea when she cross-words.
Oliver Hovenden - TAS
Oliver Hovenden is 19 years old and in his first year of university. He was inspired to try slam poetry after meeting Omar Musa last year. His interest in human rights and social justice forms the basis for much of his writing. Oliver believes spoken word is an incredibly powerful tool for advocacy.
Tahi Atea Kentwell - ACT
Tahi Atea has been writing creatively for as long as she can remember. She discovered and fell in love with slam poetry four years ago. She won the National Folk Festival Poetry Slam in 2015. Her other passion is dance, which she will be studying at university in 2017.
Anisa Nandaula - QLD
Anisa Nandaula is an 18 year old emerging spoken word poet. Anisa is currently studying Law/ government and international relations at Griffith University and hopes to get into politics.
Georgina Vallance - ACT
Originally from Point Lonsdale in Victoria, Georgina moved to Canberra in 2009 to study at the Australian National University and fell in love with the nations capital. A lover of classical poetry, vinyl and culinary delights, Georgina works as a Solicitor and lives with her partner, Celeste.
Stevie Kyriacou - NT
Stevie Kyriacou is 17 years old she lives on a beautiful 5 acre block in the outer Darwin region of Humpty Doo. Stevie is a musician who adores the vibrant music scene of Darwin. She is in soulful rock band called GAIA and attends Darwin High School.
Jason Marsiglia - SA
Jason Marsiglia is a performer, writer and queer arts advocate. He currently works as an Arts Festival Coordinator in Adelaide.
He is motivated and empowered by the opportunity to present a slice of one’s soul to an audience through performance poetry.
Jason represented South Australia at the 2015 National Poetry Slam, and can’t wait to return.