Tom Ashall - Coffs Harbour
Thomas “Tom” Ashall was born in Birkenhead UK on 20th August 1934. He has lived in Australia since early 1971 and now lives in Boambee Gardens Retirement Village at Sawtell NSW. Tom is married to Gwen, an Australian girl from Brisbane and has been since March 1966. Has a daughter Lesley who lives nearby. Tom writes poetry for recreation.
Zoe Beaumont - Wagga Wagga
Zoe Beaumont has been slamming for three years, since becoming hooked at her first APS regional heat. Always nervous on stage, she does wonder why she keeps doing this to herself, but is honoured to be here. Zoe is co-convener of a monthly slam event in rural and regional NSW called "Raw Roar", and nothing makes her happier than working with a growing community of passionate poets in an otherwise sports-mad town.
Elliot Cameron - Wollongong
Elliot is a UOW alumnus who took his poetry from the living room to the microphone three years ago. He has since become a regular guest and occasional feature at Enough Said poetry slams, and ran the Blackout Poetry workshop for the Wollongong Writers Festival in 2014 and 2015.
Nora Carrigan - Moree
Nora Carrigan is a part-time Speech and Drama teacher in Moree. She has been dabbling in poetry writing for nearly twenty years.
She is passionate about empowering kids and ‘big kids’ by immersing them in literature so they can grow in confidence to present their own interpretation.
Another passion she has is growing pink geraniums.
Ursula Da Silva
Ursula is an activist from the Central Coast who found words the tools to weaponise when it comes to change. She is passionate about infusing her poetry with messages for social revolution. She sees our connection with Nature innate and key to re-sourcing who we are as a race.
Naomi Higgins - Coffs Harbour
Naomi Higgins is best known for her endless childhood backyard performances, wild teenage years and her fabulous 80's style dance moves. Many of her life's days have been filled with theatrical endeavours and writing pursuits. Naomi spends her spare time mothering three children (with one on the way).
Chloe Humphrys - Katoomba
Chloe Humphrys is a fifteen year old student that has a passion for poetry and film-making. She began writing poetry at a young age but is new to the world of slam poetry. Her first ever competition was the Katoomba Heat of the New South Wales Poetry Slam. Chloe hopes to make a positive impact with her work. She also wishes to provide insight into the world of current teenagers. Her dream is to one day publish a poetry anthology.
Wil Johnston - Albury
Between studying at year eleven, making and performing music in the Squid Doctors, and writing and producing films, seventeen year-old Wil Johnston looks to challenge the way you see the world around you through his poetry. From a small town near Albury-Wodonga, Wil is determined to have his voice heard.
Bruce Mackenzie - Byron Bay
Bruce MacKenzie has been working as a journalist on the NSW north coast for 25 years – the last decade with the ABC. His hobbies include losing slam poetry heats to his wife Samantha Turnbull, being reduced to tears by the things his two children say, and banging on about how good the surf used to be in his day.
Derek Motion - Wagga Wagga
Derek Motion is a poet and arts worker from Narrandera. He very occasionally decides to perform in front of people. His collection The Only White Landscape will be published by Cordite Books early 2017. Online presence at typingspace.com
Lisa Ride - Albury
Lisa Ride is a retired AFP Sergeant, Army Reserve Officer and Marriage Celebrant from Albury, NSW. Her father Edwin Ride was The Sentimental Bloke in the 1960’s play written by Albert Arlen. She describes herself as “The Poet with Parkinson’s who writes in the style of Pam Ayres meets AB Paterson!”
Lisa is about to publish her first book entitled A Little Spot of Poetry.
Vince Stead - Kempsey
Vincent is a regular performer at Poets at the Oasis Cafe, Nimbin, Live Poets Lismoreand Byron Bay’s Writers at the Rails; winner of People’s Choice Award at 2016 Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup.
He is currentlyworking on his first book; ‘Simple Poems for Complex People.’
Bhupen Thakker - Multilingual Poetry Slam Champion
Bhupen Thakker - Colour, especially light blue obsesses him. Winner of New South Wales Poetry Sprint and Highly Commended in CJ Dennis awards. Two times State Finalist in Australian Poetry Slam. A book “A New Gandhi, a New Monet and many others” has emerged.
Lewis-Alan Trathen - Katoomba
Lewis-Alan is a spoken word poet. He has performed as a feature artist at numerous slams and festivals around NSW. 2016 will be his second time as a State Finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam. He is fascinated by the capacity for poetry to survive the violation of its formal conventions, and the erosion of perceived differences between spoken and written traditions. His sophomore chapbook SUNLIT was released earlier this year.
Samantha Turnbull - Byron Bay
Samantha Turnbull is a journalist, children's book author and mum-of-two based in Byron Bay. She entered her first poetry slam in 2014 and became hooked. 2016 will be her third appearance in the NSW Finals of the Australian Poetry Slam. Her husband, Bruce MacKenzie, is also a finalist.